Google yanks YouTube access from the Amazon Echo Show

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The device was quite innovative and it was the next natural step following the footsteps of the regular, voice-based Amazon Echo. Some of the functionalities that's available on the YouTube desktop site and most of its apps allows users to share, comment and recommend videos.

"Amazon Music customers already know and love Alexa from listening on Echo devices", stated Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music.

Google has been positioning its speaker as a less expensive alternative with a smarter assistant.

One is the $35 Echo Connect, a neat idea with potential safety benefits.

However, perhaps the best news is the price tag. Google, however, says that the move is the result of a current dispute between the companies.

Users will tap a button to trigger Alexa before speaking to the Amazon Music app.

The Amazon Echo Spot is a little more expensive than the new Echo, though, and in turn much more expensive than an Echo Dot. It's also possible the company would want to highlight certain features, like premium content.

The items introduced Wednesday follow a procession of new Amazon products in 2017. Amazon hasn't set a precise shipment date, but said both devices will be ready before Christmas. From what we can tell, this speaker is still called Echo, with Amazon describing it as "all new".

Amazon has been making Alexa-powered Echo devices for a few years, but the new Echo Show is the first one to have any sort of visual element. The Spot, created to resemble an alarm clock, will cost $130. The device, which costs $130, also can serve as a video intercom. Amazon says you'll be able to control compatible smart home devices such as smart locks and lights just by saying something like, "Alexa, find new devices". That's more than $100 cheaper than Apple's latest streaming player, which sells for nearly $180. Similarly, Fire tablets do not offer other Google apps even though they run on a modified version of the Android operating system.

See Also: Microsoft's Cortana and Amazon's Alexa are now friends.

Amazon said that Google did not give any explanation or notification to customers about this matter.

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