Amazon and Google are back to normal. For several years the relationship between the two tech giants has been very tense, something that clearly hurt users when they found that their most important services did not work on the rival’s platform. At the end of April they announced that this was going to change and it has indeed been.
As Google itself has announced, starting today, users will be able to watch Amazon Prime Video on Chromecast and on devices with Android TV. On the other hand, YouTube will be officially available for Amazon Fire TV products.
Google and Amazon: “allies” again
To be able to prove Amazon Prime Video on Chromecast We will need to update to the latest version and have a device with at least Android 5.0 or iOS 10.1. The Android TV application is now available on some televisions such as Sony’s and will soon appear for other devices and ‘set-top-boxes’ with Android TV.
In the case of Youtube, the App is now available globally on the following Amazon Fire TV devices:
- Fire TV Stick (2nd gen)
- Fire TV Stick 4K
- Fire TV Cube
- Fire TV Stick Basic Edition
- Toshiba, Insignia, Element and Westinghouse Fire TV Edition versions.
Google has also announced that the YouTube TV and YouTube Kids apps will be available on more devices later this year. The YouTube application for Fire TV comes with a faster interface, adapted to 4K resolution and 60fps. It will also come totally compatible with Alexa commands to be able to say, for example, “Alexa, open Youtube”, “Alexa, next video or” Alexa, find cooking videos on Youtube “.
Update: From Amazon Spain they inform us that the functionality with Alexa is not available for our country.
Devices like The Amazon Echo Show are out of this alliance and at the moment they still do not have YouTube officially.
Google and Amazon have not commented on more details about this agreement and although the relationship is expected to normalize, for the moment it only applies to streaming devices such as Fire TV sticks and Chromecasts.
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