The action removes access to the web's largest source of streaming video from a $230 device with a display that's used largely for watching streaming video.
It's true that the companies have had disagreements for some time. Hopefully, Google's rampant anti-competitive actions can be adequately reigned in, if not by USA competition authorities by the more diligent European Commission.
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Amazon said September 26 that Google had made a change that day at 3 p.m. Amazon claimed in a statement that "Google has chosen to no longer make YouTube available on Echo Show, without explanation and without notification to customers". It was "disappointing", Amazon said, arguing that it hurts both companies' customers. However, YouTube was pulled from the device yesterday and users were greeted with the message "Currently, Google is not supporting YouTube on Echo Show", when they tried to access it. However, some functionalities were missing on the Echo Show; for example, Echo Show users can not subscribe to channels or see related videos. If you were mostly using it for watching YouTube videos, which, admittedly, is an odd case for a more or less stationary and limited tablet, then you are in for a rude awakening. It will resolve these issues soon.
Both Google and Amazon have a history of removing rival products and services from their own platforms, but this is the first time the two firms have publicly clashed.
We've asked Google to clarify what part of its terms of service Amazon was violating, and a spokesperson simply sent us a link the entire terms of service. That's one of the things the companies can't agree on. Like the other Echo devices, it can be controlled via voice to play music from Amazon, Pandora, and Spotify, among other services.
It makes more sense when one considers past evidence: Google has a history of being very meticulous about how YouTube is displayed on other devices.