Amazon and Google appeared to have buried the hatchet, with news that YouTube will come to Amazon's Fire TV product. and something perhaps a little more surprising than that. The next salvo was Google's when it blocked Amazon's Echo Show smart display from accessing YouTube content. This provides those customers with music streaming on Google Home straight out of the box, but there is a catch: the free service is subsidized by the presence of advertisements.
Google, meanwhile, will launch a free version of its YouTube Music service in 16 countries, including the United Kingdom, also supported by adverts. Clearly, Amazon wanted people to just purchase a cheap Fire TV to watch that content on the big screen. It's the reason you couldn't buy a Chromecast on Amazon until a few months ago - and even that concession appears to have been a hard one, given there was a year between when it was promised and when it actually happened.
We are excited to work with Amazon to launch the official YouTube apps on Fire TV devices worldwide.
Naturally, Google will hope this exposure leads to a natural upgrade to its £9.99/month YouTube Music Premium plan, which offers specific song/artist/album selection, an ad-free experience and offline listening.
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Amazon will update its existing Prime Video app with support for Chromecast.
The native YouTube app not might have been missed, but YouTube TV and YouTube Kids certainly have, so there's something to be gained by both sides.
Additionally, while the streaming battle is mostly over, it's important to note that Google and Amazon's agreement does not include adding support for YouTube back to the Echo Show. Still, this is a step in the right direction.