It took for what seemed like forever. Yes, there were mods by both companies to get around this fight. However, after months of buildup; today is the day. Amazon and Google have released their respective streaming apps on each other’s devices. It won’t matter anymore what platform you are on if you simply want to be entertained without jumping through hoops. The official YouTube app is available again on Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Prime Video will be available on Chromecast and Android TV devices. YouTube Kids and YouTube TV are not part of this rollout. They are said to be coming out later this year.
“The all-new YouTube app will appear in the ‘Your Apps and Channels’ row on all compatible devices. Just select, download, and install the app to start streaming.”Amazon
One of the things that people are going to be excited about is using Alexa to search for content on YouTube. The versatility that expanded Alexa voice controls offer is going to be such a benefit to customers. Amazon users will be able to say “Alexa, play HISHE videos.” The standard controls such as play, pause, rewind, fast forward and skip to the next video will also be functional. The Prime Video app for its part will be on Chromecast, Chromecast built-in devices, and Android TV devices. Keep in mind however you won’t get the goods unless you have the latest Prime Video app and Android/iOS on your phone or tablet. So make sure you check for updates first.
“We are excited to work with Amazon to launch the official YouTube apps on Fire TV devices worldwide. Bringing our flagship YouTube experience to Amazon Fire TV gives our users even more ways to watch the videos and creators they love.”Heather Rivera, Global Head of Product Partnerships at YouTube