Amazon and Google are finally supporting each other's streaming TV devices

Carla Harmon
July 10, 2019

The Echo Show devices, which kicked off the YouTube feud, don't have the new app as they don't run the Android-based Fire TV software. It's available on Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, and Toshiba, Insignia, Element, and Westinghouse Fire TV Edition smart TVs.

Amazon's Prime Video app is now available on Chromecast dongles and is coming to Android-powered televisions and set-top boxes.

This all become necessary in the first place because both companies had soured on each other to the point that Google was ticked off about Amazon not offering some of its products for sale.

"The all-new YouTube app will appear in the "Your Apps and Channels" row on all compatible devices", Amazon explains in a company blog post today. Amazon reversed that decision in December 2017, but the streaming wars continued. A note for Chromecast users: You'll need the latest Prime Video app and Android 5.0 or higher (or iOS 10.1 or higher on your phone or tablet) to receive the update. After failing to come to terms, Google blocked all Amazon Echo and Fire TV devices from accessing YouTube. When they open the app for the first time they'll be automatically prompted to download the app-once installed, they can simply say "Alexa, open YouTube" or click into the app to sign in to their existing YouTube account and access their full library of content including subscriptions, playlists, and recommendations.

Google raised the price of its YouTube TV streaming service in 2018. With an official app, you can use Alexa to launch the app, control playback, and search YouTube for specific topics or videos. And so it was becoming increasingly risky for Google to not have Prime Video available on the Chromecast.

'Meanwhile, you can also now access the official YouTube app on select Amazon Fire TV devices'.

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