If you have been following news lately, then you are well aware of the ongoing retail issues between Google and Amazon. For a long time, Amazon is refusing to allow sales of several Google’s products including Google Chromecast, Google Home, and some of the newest Nest products on the site. Interestingly, Google had released a statement saying that customers who are using some of Amazon’s products will not have access to YouTube.
At the time, the search engine giant released a statement saying, “We’ve been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other’s products and services. But Amazon doesn’t carry Google products like Chromecast and Google Home, doesn’t make Prime Video available for Google Cast users, and last month stopped selling some of Nest’s latest products. Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and FireTV. We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon.”
Shortly afterwards, Amazon released a statement via variety which said, “Echo Show and Fire TV now display a standard web view of YouTube.com and point customers directly to YouTube’s existing website. Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website. We hope to resolve this with Google as soon as possible.”
As Google mentioned in their announcement, starting from today, Amazon Fire TV won’t have access to official YouTube app starting on the 1st of January, 2018. However, Google started blocking access to the site for consumers few days earlier.
As for now, we will have to see if this feud between Google and Amazon ends anytime soon given the customers are the ones who are suffering. Considering how important Google and its products are for average consumers, hopefully the issues will be resolved soon. For instance, back in September 2017, Google first blocked Amazon Echo Show from having access to YouTube which resulted in disappointing sales of the device.