YouTube is returning to Amazon’s lineup of Fire TV products
YouTube is back on Amazon’s lineup of Fire TV products, and the Amazon Prime Video app will be adding Chromecast support and be available on Android TV. These two developments were jointly announced by both companies this morning, mark the end of a long-running standoff between Google and Amazon, a feud that has kept the YouTube app off of the Fire TV platform for well over a year. Customers were really the ones who were disadvantaged as soon as these two tech giants entered into this spat, so to see that it’s over is very good news. Google will bring YouTube back to Amazon’s Fire TV devices “later this year.”
The flagship YouTube app will come first sometime within the next few months there’s no firm launch date as of yet and it will be followed by YouTube TV, the company’s subscription TV service, and the child-oriented YouTube Kids before the end of 2019. Fire TV will become fully certified for YouTube, signaling that it offers first-rate video quality and minimal buffering. YouTube for Fire TV will also support Alexa voice commands for searching and playing content.
During its absence, Fire TV users were still able to access YouTube through web browsers, so it wasn’t completely unavailable. But a proper app will certainly make life easier for those customers. Notably, this deal leaves out Amazon’s smart display, the Echo Show, so YouTube won’t be arriving on that device anytime soon. But a user familiar with the matter said that both companies continue to engage in the ongoing conversation. In the meantime, browsers can be used as a way to access YouTube as well.