According to a Google spokesperson who shared a statement with CNET, Google has been "trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other's products and services". As a result, and because Amazon does not carry Google devices such as Google Home, Chromecast, or Nest devices, it has pulled YouTube from the Amazon devices. "We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon".
Basically, Google and Amazon are in a cat fight, and no one is winning. Our source says that Google would like to have more of its hardware products like Chromecast and Google Home available through Amazon, but the company has long avoided selling products that compete with its own hardware initiatives - that's why you can't get an Apple TV on Amazon, for example.
We've learned that Google is pulling support for YouTube from the Echo Show as of today; the version of YouTube that exists on Fire TV will work until January 1st. Apparently, the two rivals have been in discussion for some time to resolve these many conflicts, but it looks like Amazon is standing firm on not selling products on its retail sites from direct rivals (that also includes the Apple TV set-top box).
It's a continuation of the feud which started earlier this autumn over Amazon's alleged poor implementation of the app, which Google said was "creating a broken user experience".
The Google logo is pictured atop an office building in Irvine, California, U.S. August 7, 2017.
Users of the Fire TV streaming devices will see a warning notification beginning today.
Amazon's decision to launch what was essentially a hacked version of YouTube on the Echo Show is where things heated up. Similarly, Amazon Prime Video doesn't support Google's Cast feature, making it hard to get video to a big screen for Android users.