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YouTube suddenly no longer available in Amazon Echo Show

YouTube suddenly no longer available in Amazon Echo Show

As well as supporting flash news briefings and Amazon Video content, the Echo Show also launched with support for YouTube - presumably the video service that was most frequently viewed on the device.

Amazon said September 26 that Google had made a change that day at 3 p.m.

"Amazon's Echo Show is a voice-enabled speaker with a 7" touchscreen that allows a variety of functions, including video chat, access to the Alexa voice assistant, and various third party apps.

Amazon also noted that there was no technical reason for the decision, which implies that YouTube was working as the company expects it would on its Echo Show device.

Both the Mountain View search giant and the Seattle e-commerce behemoth agree that YouTube is no longer available on Amazon's "Echo Show", a virtual-assistant device with a screen.

Inc. debuted a new high-end version of its Echo speaker with a smart-home hub system built in, stepping up a fight with Alphabet Inc. and Apple Inc. for digital control of people's homes.

Amazon Echo Show boasts some unique features that could easily differentiate itself from its predecessors.

While Amazon doesn't necessarily state it explicitly, it is clear the company is not at all pleased with Google and there's certainly a twinge of snark to the statement.

Alexa has finally joined the Amazon Music app on iOS and Android, users in the US, UK, Germany and Austria can now ask Alexa to play tens of millions of songs using the App, or Alexa powered devices.

Considering that the Echo Show offered video news briefs, Amazon Video streams, and YouTube, the latter will be sorely missed by Echo Show owners. Google Home, the company's own smart speaker, doesn't have a screen, but users can command it to cast YouTube video onto a nearby Chromecast, which is sort of the same thing. They say that they hope to "reach an agreement and resolve these issues soon".

Google said the Echo Show delivered a "broken user experience".


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