YouTube is returning to Amazon Fire devices

YouTube is returning to Amazon Fire devices

YouTube will be back on Amazon‘s Fire TV products later this year, according to an announcement from both companies.

Additionally, the Amazon Prime Video app will add Chromecast support, making it more widely available on Android TV.

The changes were unveiled by both companies in a joint blog post which marked the end of a long-running standoff between them. Google initially removed the video app from Amazon's devices back in December 2017.

Back for good

Google will have YouTube on Amazon Fire TV devices by the end of 2019, while the YouTube app will be on there within the next few months. As of now, there is no set launch date, but YouTube TV will also follow suit. YouTube for Fire TV will also support Alexa voice commands for searching and playing content.

Google and Amazon did not comment on any more specifics of the joint venture, nor did they specify the events that lead up to the announcements. The new agreement is focused mostly on streaming, which doesn’t include any retail component.

Amazon’s smart display, the Echo Show, was not included in the details of this agreement, but someone familiar with the details spoke with The Verge and stated: “both companies continue to engage in conversation” regarding the compatibility of the products.

Staff Writer