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Amazon and Google seem to have buried the hatchet. Well, probably!
The YouTube app is back on Fire TV today more than a year after Google’s long battle with Amazon.
Amazons Prime Video streaming is also officially being launched on Chromecast as the two corporations pledged previously this year with support for Chromecast and more prevalent Android TV devices.
The two tech giants were at loggerheads for more than two years as Google pulled the app from Echo Show devices and Fire TV sticks in reciprocation to Amazon not listing Google Chromecast devices on their site.
The YouTube app will be accessible on the following devices: the Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, and Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, along with Toshiba, Insignia, Element, and Westinghouse Fire TV Edition smart TVs, according to a blog post by Amazon.
Ever since the app was pulled by Google, users of Fire TV have been using the Fire TV web browser. The official release is a full-fledged, Alexa-based Fire TV-app that allows people to find content to watch instantly.
In the coming months, Amazon promises that more Fire TV devices will receive the YouTube app, along with support for YouTube Kids and the YouTube live TV service, which will be released later this year.
Amazon’s Echo Show devices, which were excluded when Amazon and Google announced the arrangement previously this year and still did not have an official YouTube app, are particularly absent from the announcement.
At Google’s end, Amazon’s iOS and Android Prime Video app will now be working with Chromecast devices so that users can stream videos directly from the app to their TV’s.
The Android TV Prime Video app – which was earlier restricted to only a few systems such as the Nvidia Shield – has been implemented much more widely, with the new app set to be accessible today for download from compatible hardware.
It must be noted that Chromecast devices are still not listed on the Amazon India site. We will update this story once hear from Amazon.
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