Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Joan Schultz

Google spat with Amazon heats up

Google spat with Amazon heats up

Google is hoping to pressure Amazon into selling Google's products by taking away access to the world's most widely watched video service.

Fire TV owners, I hope you don't enjoy watching much YouTube, because the app is about to disappear from your device.

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Three months ago, YouTube pulled its programming from Amazon's Echo Show device - the first skirmish in what is apparently an ongoing war. The power being thrown around by these two giants is the type of conduct that has some talking about the need to break them up by way of anti-trust action.

YouTube has stopped working on the Amazon Echo show speaker starting today. But YouTube also misses out on views from the very popular streaming devices - a sign of how bitter the feud has become. Google shares and Amazon shares both closed higher in Tuesday's U.S. trading session.

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At issue is a perceived lack of "reciprocity" with Amazon failing to offer equal access to Google's products and services, prompting the dramatic rebuke. But as Google ramps up its voice assistant game, and Amazon pushes ahead with Prime video, these two are just hurting their customers' experiences. Since that hasn't happened and Amazon refuses to not only not sell Chromecast, Google Home, and some Nest products, they don't seem interested in adding Google Cast to Prime Video either, time is up. But Amazon says that the company is being spiteful and was limiting what products were able to connect to Google's video service. Now Amazon has stopped selling Google's Nest smart thermostat. Unless a truce is reached, YouTube will stop working on Fire TV on January 1.

The bickering between Google and Amazon has been going on several years as they have ratcheted up the competition with each other. Variety notes that the new implementation of YouTube on the Echo Show, for example, violates YouTube's terms of service "by layering voice control onto a web app that wasn't designed for voice interaction".

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Amazon said in a statement, "Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website".

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