The Verge Chinese station reported on September 27th
Amazon and Google are tearing again. Google has decided to stop the Amazon Echo Show smartphone from accessing the YouTube service. Now, if you ask the speaker to play YouTube video, then Alexa's response is: "Currently, Google does not support YouTube on Echo Show." & rdquo;
For this matter, Amazon provided the following statement:
About 3 pm today, Google made adjustments. On the Echo Show platform, our common users have been able to use YouTube. To this afternoon, Google decided not to Echo Show open YouTube, did not make an explanation, did not notify the user. This decision is not due to any technical reasons. This is disappointing, hurting our common users. & rdquo;
Echo Show is a smart speaker with Alexa voice assistant, integrated screen, can be used to watch the video. YouTube is the largest video site on the Internet. Many people may use Echo Show to see cooking tutorials and music videos on YouTube.
Amazon's statement clearly shows that the company does not think this is a technical error, but Google intentionally. However, on why to stop Echo Show to visit YouTube, Google gives a completely different argument:
"We have been negotiating with Amazon for a long time. We hope to reach an agreement for both users on the platform to provide a good experience. Amazon's way of deploying YouTube on Echo Show violates our Terms of Service, causing the user experience to be compromised. We hope to reach an agreement soon and solve these problems. & rdquo;
This response indicates that Google may wish to include certain key features of YouTube, including subscriptions, the next video recommendation and autoplay included with Echo Show. However, the specific situation is still unknown.
Google on the third-party platform on the presentation, Google has been more stringent. Google tends to offer its API (Application Programming Interface) terms of service. In 2013, on the YouTube application on the Windows Phone platform, Google and Microsoft have a dispute, then blocked the application, resulting in Microsoft had to return to the Web version of YouTube.
But this event may have a deeper reason. Google currently launched its own smart speaker Google Home, integrated Google assistant service. Google Home does not have a screen, but users can ask Google Home to play YouTube videos via Chromecast. Google Home also supports playing music from YouTube.
In many areas to compete in the technology giants often occur such a dispute. However, Alexa Smart Assistant can not play YouTube video, this situation makes people feel bad. Earlier comments have pointed out that the smart assistant will only provide users with a single answer, and who control the answer, who will be able to complete the final transformation.
Obviously, Google and Amazon in this relationship between the relationship is not good. In addition, so far, Amazon e-commerce website did not shelves Google's Chromecast.