Google Prevents Amazon Echo Show From Accessing YouTube

Delia Watkins
September 28, 2017

Amazon is adding Alexa to its music streaming app, a stealth move that sees it take on voice assistant rivals Apple and Google on their very own devices.

But it's also no secret that Google is pushing its Google Home smart speaker as a major competitor to Amazon Echo devices. Without integrating YouTube functions like channel subscribing and autoplaying next videos - which reportedly aren't in place on the Echo Show - Amazon is holding back functionality that could ultimately benefit Google. Amazon chose to announce six new products today, including sequels to the incredibly popular Echo speaker. Amazon has yet to respond to that rebuttal in any capacity but as things stand right now, owners of the Echo Show seeking to access YouTube through their Alexa-powered speaker are out of options. For $80, Amazon says it will throw in an Echo Dot, a puck-sized version of its Echo smart speaker. Further, music companies are interested in the categorization and tagging of songs, which in turn will lay out data to make voice-activated applications more responsive.

Amazon Echo Show boasts some unique features that could easily differentiate itself from its predecessors. Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa has been a breakout star for 2017, and has been found alongside Google Assistant in handsets like the HTC U11 and the Huawei Mate 9.

At a press event at its Seattle headquarters, the world's largest online retailer showcased new Echo devices, one tailored for gaming and one for phone calls. It will resolve these issues soon.

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Like the Echo Show, the Spot has a front-facing camera for video calling. This would be like a souped-up Google Chromecast.

Google said the Echo Show delivered a "broken user experience".

According to a statement to The Verge, Google said, " We've been in negotiations with Amazon for a long time, working towards an agreement that provides great experiences for customers on both platforms.

For now, it appears Amazon and Google are going to battle it out and hopefully come to some agreement.

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