Amazon and Google have been locked in a battle of services that in reality was affecting their own customers. Both companies discontinued some of their services on the competitor’s devices.
The fued started in 2017 after Amazon decided not to sell Nest devices on its online platform anymore. Google retaliated by pulling its YouTube app off from the Fire TV and Echo Show. Amazon retaliated with Prime Videos not getting Chromecast support.
However, the two companies have now kissed and made up. Amazon has announced that its compatible Fire TV devices (both, TV and dongles) will now run the official YouTube app, while Google has confirmed that Prime Video is now available on Chromecast and Android TV.
With regards to Amazon, the official YouTube app is now available on Amazon Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, and all Fire TV Edition smart TVs. The app can be downloaded and installed on compatible devices from the ‘Your Apps and Channels’ row.
In addition to the YouTube app, YouTube TV and YouTube Kids apps will also launch later this year on Amazon Fire TV. with the app, users will also be able to play videos in 4K HDR resolution and at 60 fps on supported TVs and streaming media players.
The app will also get Alexa support, which means you can use Amazon’s digital assistant to search and play videos.
As mentioned earlier, Amazon Prime Video is now available on Google Chromecast and Android TV devices that come with built-in Chromecast support. In addition, Chromecast Ultra users will be able to access 4,000 titles included in Amazon Prime subscription for free.
Users need to have the latest Prime Video app and Android 5.0 or higher or iOS 10.1 or higher to run the app on Chromecast.