Published: Thu, September 28, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Google Pulls YouTube Support from Amazon Echo Show

Google Pulls YouTube Support from Amazon Echo Show

The Echo Plus was built with Amazon's "second-generation far-field microphones", said Dave Limp, Amazon's senior vice president of devices. Both the Amazon Echo and Echo Connect will be available to pre-order starting today and goes on sale later this year.

Google, however, said the development was hardly surprising, as Amazon has failed to fix the "broken" experience of YouTube playback on the Echo Show.

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.

"Amazon's implementation of YouTube on the Echo Show violates our terms of service, creating a broken user experience". It will resolve these issues soon.

Amazon issued a cranky statement this week, objecting to Google's decision to pull YouTube from its Echo Show smart appliance. Google has pulled its video service from the online retailer's Echo Show platform, leaving owners with no access to the world's largest video community. You can ask Alexa through instructions like, "play the song of the day", or "Alexa play music for the party", or "Alexa play music for a road trip", or you can also say "play the latest Open Mike Eagle". The question now is whether Amazon is finding it hard to implement the required YouTube features, or if it simply doesn't want to because of how it impacts the user experience on its device. Ultimately, Amazon's spokesperson called Google's move "disappointing".

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But Google accused Amazon of breaking its rules on how YouTube is presented, adding that talks between the two companies haven't yielded a solution.

Other additions to the Alexa-powered range of products may also be revealed at the event on Wednesday - including United Kingdom release dates for the Echo Look, a camera-based, fashion-centric version of the Echo and the Echo Show, which features a screen to show visual content. Back in 2013, Google blocked the YouTube app that's built specifically for Microsoft's Windows Phone because it didn't show ads nor did it allow users to download videos.

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While the Echo Show could play videos from YouTube, it did not provide all of YouTube's functions such as the ability to subscribe to channels or serve up video recommendations.

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