The YouTube app is finally back for Fire TV devices

Google and Amazon bring the YouTube app back to Fire TV

Google and Amazon bring the YouTube app back to Fire TV

For several years now, YouTube has been absent from Amazon's suite of Fire TV streaming systems and, in return, Prime Video has been absent from Google's casting dongles as well as from most Android TV systems.

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Google started the battle by blocking Amazon's Echo Show device from accessing YouTube, and the retail giant responded by removing Google's smart home devices from its storefront. Amazon's Prime Video is launching for the first time on Chromecast and Android TV, allowing Google users to view content from Prime Video on their devices.

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The official YouTube app for Amazon's Fire TV devices is available starting Tuesday (July 9) worldwide - a year and a half after Google pulled YouTube from the Fire TV platform. More Fire TV devices will be added in the future. Things have turned around, and the spat is now over with Google announcing the availability of Prime Video on Chromecast and Android TV. Well, Google now supports just a small number of Fire TV devices but don't worry as the YouTube app will make its way to more devices in the coming months. With an official app, you can use Alexa to launch the app, control playback, and search YouTube for specific topics or videos.

The long term feud between the two multinational companies was aggravated back in 2015 when Google's Chromecast devices were made unavailable on the Amazon ecommerce website. Although, let's not forget Amazon continued to sell dozens of poor-quality Chromecast knockoffs. Google had blocked its popular video app Youtube on Fire TV back in 2017. It will be rolled out to other Fire TV devices in the next few months. Chromecast Ultra users are being given access to 4,000 titles included with Prime Video at no additional cost.

On Amazon's Echo devices though, all is quiet.

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