The official YouTube app returns to Amazon's Fire TV

YouTube on Amazon Fire TV

YouTube on Amazon Fire TV

Amazon wanted you to buy its Chromecast competitor hardware, Fire TV, for its streaming service (and others with Fire TV support) a questionable play, with Chromecast devices already nearly ubiquitous in many markets and we're happy to see the end of.

After more than a year of conflicts between Amazon and Google over their media products, the companies are finally playing well with each other. Then, Google took things a step further by blocking YouTube from functioning on both the Echo Show and Fire TV devices. Although, let's not forget Amazon continued to sell dozens of poor-quality Chromecast knockoffs.

Amazon's Prime Video app has added Chromecast support overnight on Android and iOS and allowed its Android TV app to roll out to more devices while Google's brought an official YouTube app to Amazon's Fire TV stick. The official YouTube app on Fire TV is better than ever with expanded Alexa voice controls that help customers find, launch, and control content (pause, play, rewind, fast-forward) using their voice. The app was removed in late 2017 after Amazon removed Google's smart home products from its online store. After over a year and a half of this dispute, YouTube is once again available for the Fire TV. More device support will come later.

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There's also another handy feature that lets Alexa pair your Xbox One controller to the console just by asking. Specifically, a variety of new voice commands have been added that are specific to Xbox Game Pass.

Amazon Prime members will also be happy to hear that Amazon's Prime Video now works with Chromecast.

This will bring thousands more titles to each company's streaming devices. With Chromecast support, you can cast content straight from the Prime Video app to your TV. In a major win for consumers, the Amazon Prime Video app just received an update and users should soon be greeted with the notification screen seen below. It was previously only on the Nvidia Shield and a few TVs.

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