Amazon Music Enlists Alexa for Its iOS and Android Apps

Sep 28, 2017, 00:12
Amazon Music Enlists Alexa for Its iOS and Android Apps

But it's also no secret that Google is pushing its Google Home smart speaker as a major competitor to Amazon Echo devices.

The implication is Google has made a conscious decision (in Amazon's eyes) to pull YouTube from the Echo Show.

"We've been in negotiations with Amazon for a long time, working towards an agreement that provides great experiences for customers on both platforms", Google told The Verge.

That never went over well with Google, and also resulted in Amazon not supporting many of Google's devices and services.

Amazon said September 26 that Google had made a change that day at 3 p.m. Echo Show is one of a range of Amazon's voice-controlled digital assistants that shows information and YouTube videos on its screen. If the Echo Show permanently loses access to YouTube, it would certainly affect the device's appeal with consumers since it's the only Alexa smart speaker that's capable of showing videos.

Not reaching an agreement is not new for both companies, and the issue has been lingering for quite some time. 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.

If you want to learn about anything with visual clues on the Internet, YouTube is one of the best domains to head to.

"Things get harder for end users because these companies can't get along", Mr Dawson said.

Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music, said: "Amazon Music customers already know and love Alexa from listening on Echo devices".

Amazon has ambitions to make it normal for people to control computers by voice - and to place orders for its online retail business by voice, too. On Tuesday evening, Gizmodo received a tip that Amazon's personal assistant could no longer play videos from the Google service. A war of words has erupted between the two companies, and neither is particularly forthcoming with detail.

In 2013, Google ordered Microsoft to remove its unofficial version of the YouTube app from the Windows Phone store, despite not having created its own official version.