Google Inc. has unexpectedly removed access to its video service YouTube from Amazon’s smart device Echo Show on Wednesday. Amazon’s only smart assistant with a screen says: ”Currently, Google is not supporting YouTube on Echo Show,” once you ask it to show you a YouTube video.
This change took place without any notice provided to users by the Alphabet’s largest subsidiary. According to the statement that Amazon issued to The Verge, “as of this afternoon, Google has chosen to no longer make YouTube available on Echo Show, without explanation and without notification to customers. There is no technical reason for that decision, which is disappointing and hurts both of our customers.”
Google, on the other hand, told The Verge that they’ve been negotiating with Amazon on this and that the reason why the video service has been removed was due to Echo Show’s breach of YouTube’s terms of service.
“Amazon’s implementation of YouTube on the Echo Show violates our terms of service, creating a broken user experience. We hope to be able to reach an agreement and resolve these issues soon,” Google stated.
So far, it has been speculated that the actual reason for the YouTube removal was the fact that Echo Shows doesn’t enable account subscriptions, video recommendations or autoplay.