In a statement aGoogle spokesperson said: "We've been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other's products and services".
"Google made a change today at around 3 pm".
Is Google right to withdraw the YouTube app as a result of Amazon's actions? YouTube states that it has tried to reach an agreement with Amazon and is simply looking for an even exchange of support for each others' products. Amazon stopped selling Chromecast devices back in 2015, it never sold Google Home devices at all, and it recently pulled some Nest devices from its store after YouTube was removed from the Echo Show.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Google said the company blocked YouTube due to failed negotiations with Amazon.
Between those difficulties and the fact that Amazon pulled some of Nest's recent products (including the new Thermostat E, Camera IQ and Nest Secure alarm system), Google doesn't seem inclined to let Amazon continue to run its "hacked" versions of YouTube on its devices, though our source says that Google would be much happier working directly with Amazon than forcing consumers to pick sides. The "lack of reciprocity" led Google to kill YouTube on Amazon's products.
Back in November, YouTube finally returned to the Echo Show as a basic web wrapper of the desktop site. It also doesn't make its Prime Video content available to Chromecast users. The speculation is that Amazon broke features Google relies on to track ads and earn money from YouTube videos. Apparently, the two rivals have been in discussion for some time to resolve these many conflicts, but it looks like Amazon is standing firm on not selling products on its retail sites from direct rivals (that also includes the Apple TV set-top box).
That's not an unreasonable position to take, as the company surely wants more control over the YouTube experience on Amazon's products, but unfortunately the only people getting hurt in this feud are customers.
Amazon and Google are at odds after the Silicon Valley search giant pulled YouTube off Amazon's TV streaming service.