One of the amazing selling points of the Amazon Echo Show is the massive seven inch screen that makes showing off videos a natural use for the newest member of the Echo family. However, Google has taken a bit of wind out of the Echo Shows sails as this afternoon it seems to have removed YouTube support for the device.
Asking the Amazon Echo Show for a YouTube video will prompt Alexa to respond with:
Currently, Google is not supporting Youtube on Echo Show.
The Verge reached out to Amazon to find out when the change was made and Amazon stated that Google dropped support around 3pm EST. They say that there’s no technical reason for the limitation and that Google is hurting both YouTube users and Amazon Echo users with its decision.
However, Google has a differing opinion for why YouTube was removed from the Echo Show. A statement from a Google representative makes it clear that Google believes the implementation of YouTube on the Echo Show is a broken experience.
We’ve been in negotiations with Amazon for a long time, working towards an agreement that provides great experiences for customers on both platforms. Amazon’s implementation of YouTube on the Echo Show violates our terms of service, creating a broken user experience. We hope to be able to reach an agreement and resolve these issues soon.
Right now the Echo Show is only capable of displaying YouTube videos with no way to interact with them, so it’s possible that Google wants Amazon to shore up its presentation of YouTube to make sure you can like, subscribe, and interact with your channels on the device.
Do you use YouTube frequently on your Amazon Echo Show?