The company's consumer products have helped pave the way for the in-home smart-speaker industry, and Amazon's cheaper offerings pushed tablet prices down a few years ago. Amazon's Echo Show speaker has been barred from playing YouTube videos. It's a he said, she said war that, unfortunately leaves users, not the companies, as the casualties. Hopefully, Google's rampant anti-competitive actions can be adequately reigned in, if not by U.S. competition authorities by the more diligent European Commission.
Amazon held a secret press event in Seattle today where they announced a series of new products.
The Echo Show had been broadcasting YouTube's ads, but not other service features such as playlists. Amazon's official statement says that there is no technical reason why it should not be available and that Google pulled out its service without explanation and without notifying their consumers.
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.
In a statement, Google said that "Amazon's implementation of YouTube on the Echo Show violates our terms of service, creating a broken user experience". Amazon's most recent addition to its Echo line is the Echo Show, which features a 7-inch touchscreen to expand the capabilities of the smart speaker. It demanded that the firm remove the YouTube app from Windows Phone for violating its terms of service by allowing users to download videos and preventing the advertisements from displaying. It will resolve these issues soon.
It's possible that Google wants to see YouTube brought back to the Echo Show, but simply wants to deliver its own experience.
It's being speculated that Google might not be too happy with how Amazon made a decision to integrate YouTube on the Echo Show.
Now, this clearly seems to be a spat between the two.
This smart speaker has taken the world by storm with the device able to answer questions, play music and even turn on the lights via simple voice commands. Amazon's Echo has about 71 percent of the market, and Google's far behind with 24 percent, according to eMarketer data from May.