Google and Amazon bring the YouTube app back to Fire TV

Oscar Cross
July 11, 2019

Notably, Amazon and Google in a joint statement back in April announced the debut of the YouTube and Amazon Prime Video apps on each other's streaming devices. 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. As you can probably guess, the YouTube app also works with Alexa, with expanded Alexa voice controls allowing Amazon users to issue commands like, "Alexa, play Women's World Cup Highlights" - without even having to specify or say the word "YouTube". Prime Video is a part of the Prime membership scheme, which is essential to take part in the Prime Day sales. luckily, there is a free trial.

To access the updated Prime Video app, users would need Android 5.0 or higher or iOS 10.1 or higher on devices.

Tech giants Google and Amazon have ended their almost two-year-long battle that saw them pulling the plug on each others' streaming apps from their respective devices. The developments of the deal have borne fruits as of today: people who use Fire TV can now access the YouTube app that was pulled down from the platform in the past. Similarly, YouTube will roll out on Amazon Fire TV.

Amazon hasn't said how many users its Prime Video service has, but it's available to all of its Prime members, of which there are now more than 100 million.

Both services will be available starting today, according to the announcement post on Google's blog, and will be followed by closer collaboration in the future. Later in the year, Fire TV will also enable support for YouTube TV and YouTube Kids.

This feud started way back in 2015 when Amazon stopped selling Google's Chromecast streaming devices on its store, which offers just about every other retail product on the planet. 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. Amazon built a custom YouTube app for the Echo Show that broke some features of the service.

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