Google pulled access to YouTube through Amazon's display-based Echo Show smart speaker on Tuesday, a move that appears to have angered Amazon and led to conflicting public statements by both companies over the sudden move.

"Currently, Google is not supporting Youtube on Echo Show." That's the message Alexa started giving Echo Show owners yesterday afternoon when they tried to access the video service. An Amazon spokesperson later confirmed to The Verge that YouTube was no longer available on Echo Show devices, and offered a statement implying that Google's decision had been an unwelcome surprise.

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Google made a change today around 3 pm. YouTube used to be available to our shared customers on Echo Show. As of this afternoon, Google has chosen to no longer make YouTube available on Echo Show, without explanation and without notification to customers. There is no technical reason for that decision, which is disappointing and hurts both of our customers.

Google issued its own statement to The Verge shorty afterwards, contradicting Amazon's assertion that the move had been made without fair warning.

We've been in negotiations with Amazon for a long time, working towards an agreement that provides great experiences for customers on both platforms. Amazon's implementation of YouTube on the Echo Show violates our terms of service, creating a broken user experience. We hope to be able to reach an agreement and resolve these issues soon.

The move comes as a blow to Amazon's hopes for its Echo Show smart speaker, given that it has been marketed with a heavy emphasis on the device's display, which lets users see details related to their Alexa queries and watch online video – food recipes for instance, which are often hosted on YouTube.

Google's decision to pull access reflects similar moves by the company to protect its vision of how the YouTube service should function and appear to users. Earlier this month, Google forced popular iOS app ProTube off the App Store after serving the developer multiple takedown requests because it said the app violated YouTube's terms of service.

Top Rated Comments

berrymetal Avatar
61 months ago
I bet they’re releasing google home with a touch display
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gixxerfool Avatar
61 months ago
('https://www.macrumors.com/2017/09/27/google-pulls-youtube-amazons-echo-show/')
There is no technical reason for that decision, which is disappointing and hurts both of our customers.
Good thing there is only two.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
robeddie Avatar
61 months ago
I love how the PR wordsmiths at google tried to somehow tie this to 'user experience'. As if we havent been watching their cat videos on youtube on dozens of much worse platforms over the years.
This is about money and competion, plain and simple.

'User experience' my ass.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Glassed Silver Avatar
61 months ago
Amazon's implementation of YouTube on the Echo Show violates our terms of service, creating a broken [S]user[/S] Alphabet Inc. shareholder experience.
ftfy, Google.

That's not the metric for user experience, otherwise ProTube wouldn't have delivered what you are unwilling to deliver yourself to iOS users.

This is all about the dollar.
What ticks me off more though is that they get away with it and nobody is reporting stories like these with the decent share of WHY customers get shafted yet again.

Also, if you think this is tech news, no it isn't. Stories like these belong on newspapers, dare I say front-page even, because YouTube has an unmatched large audience and whatever they do on that platform directly translates to how people consume not just funny cat videos, but also news, shows, educational content, etc...

YT is bigger than good ole TV for an entire generation so as long as they want to reap the benefits of a close-to-monopoly status they should be held to very high standards of accessibility.

Glassed Silver:mac
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mixel Avatar
61 months ago
I must be in the minority not understanding the hype about amazon. I’ve only ever ordered a couple few things from them. Mostly because they don’t take PayPal.
Very fast delivery (with prime) - sell pretty much everything. Often very good prices. Good music and video streaming services. Better than average hardware. Things like the amazon basics lines are interesting too, Amazon make the best lightning cables I’ve ever owned, bizarrely.

They deliver about 40% of my groceries too.

They do so much now it’s hard not to find something to like, even if they are a tax dodging megacorp of dubious moral standards.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
canadianreader Avatar
61 months ago
"an agreement that provides great experiences for customers on both platforms."
I think they meant an agreement that provides a lot of money for google on both platforms
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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