Amazon updates Fire TV’s YouTube app to redirect users to a web browser instead

    The feud between Amazon and Google continues right now with the early removing of YouTube from the Hearth TV – a transfer Google had said wouldn’t happen till January 1, 2018. However as various Hearth TV homeowners have now observed, launching the YouTube app right now informs you that you could select to observe “YouTube and tens of millions of different web sites” by utilizing an online browser. You then have the choice to select from Amazon’s personal Silk browser or Firefox, with a click on of a button.

    The disagreements between the businesses that led to this consumer-unfriendly stance return a number of years.

    Google hasn’t been joyful about Amazon’s anti-competitive nature in the case of permitting rivals to promote their very own objects – like sensible audio system and media gamers – on The retailer has lengthy refused to inventory units that competed with its personal – like Apple TV, Chromecast, Google House, and others – in an effort to advertise Amazon merchandise like Echo audio system and Hearth TV.

    Nevertheless, Amazon and Apple lately negotiated an settlement that brought the Apple TV back to Amazon, and Amazon’s Prime Video app to Apple TV.

    In the meantime, it appeared discussions between Amazon and Google have been enhancing earlier this month when the Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra reappeared on (They’re nonetheless displaying as “at the moment unavailable,” nonetheless.)

    The opposite difficulty at hand was that Amazon had launched its personal model of Google’s YouTube participant for its Echo Present machine, with out working with Google to make sure core options have been accessible. There’s been fairly a little bit of forwards and backwards on this matter, with Google pulling that participant, solely to have Amazon surreptitiously work across the block by implementing an online model of YouTube as a substitute.

    That led Google this month to declare that it could pull YouTube entirely from Amazon’s lineup, together with Hearth TV. The participant was yanked instantly from Echo Present, however Hearth TV homeowners have been advised that the app would work till January 1, 2018.

    It might be uncommon for Google to really pull the YouTube app forward of its deadline, which signifies this modification – to level YouTube customers to net browsers as a substitute – might have come from Amazon’s facet.

    That concept is additional backed up by the truth that sideloading the YouTube app onto Hearth TV will proceed to show the “warning” message, in line with a report from and commenters on Reddit.

    Above: Warning display screen; Picture credit score –

    Nevertheless, it’s unclear if Amazon’s option to redirect YouTube customers to net browsers forward of schedule is absolutely rolled out. One report from Cord Cutter News stated you’ll solely see the browser alternative display screen in case you have a browser put in in your Hearth TV, for instance. (Replace: a decompilation of the app’s code, although, signifies the app has been modified to solely level to the net browser – irrespective of in case you have one put in or not.)

    On two Hearth TV units we’ve got right here (a previous technology and new technology participant), we’re solely seeing the browser alternative display screen as of right now. And many customers worldwide are reporting the identical, per Twitter.

    We’ve reached out to Amazon and Google for remark. Google has not responded, however a rep from Amazon supplied the next assertion:

    “I can verify that YouTube and tens of millions of different web sites are accessible by utilizing an online browser like Firefox or Silk on Hearth TV.”

    With all this drama, is it any surprise that Roku is the top streaming device within the U.S.?

    Customers don’t need to be jerked round like this all as a result of two rivals can’t work out an inexpensive answer that serves each their pursuits. On the finish of the day, Amazon and Google solely hurting themselves by alienating their overlapping buyer base – a bunch that simply might (and possibly ought to) swap to Roku at this level.

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