Thankfully – and finally – Amazon and Google have called a truce.
In December of 2017, Amazon made things very serious in their spat with Google and removed the YouTube app from all Fire TV devices.
This came after months of other shots fired, including:
- YouTube pulling programming from the Echo Show
- Amazon removing Nest products from it’s market place
- The Amazon Prime Video app not being available in the Google Play Store
- Chromecast dongles not available for purchase from Amazon.com
Even with all of this going on – when YouTube was pulled from the Amazon Fire TV devices, that really felt like the biggest blow of them all.
Almost a year and half later, Google and Amazon have come to an agreement to allow YouTube streaming on Fire TV devices. In addition to this, Amazon has begun carrying Google products, such as the Chromecast devices.
Unfortunately, this agreement has come a little to late for me. With the emergence of YouTube TV, I ended having to stop using the Amazon Fire TV devices that we had in every TV in the house. YouTube TV has always been compatible with Roku streaming devices, and that’s what we use now. When the YouTube TV app comes to Amazon Fire TV devices later in the year, I don’t expect to switch back.