YouTube is back on Amazon’s Echo Show device, two months after Google pulled the video service over a violation of its terms of service.
Voicebot.ai first spotted the return of YouTube today. Video represents one of the main draws of the Echo Show, the $230 Alexa-powered device that came out in June, and the company said it plans to integrate more video services in the future.
“We’re excited to offer customers the capability to watch even more video content from sources such as Vimeo, YouTube, and Dailymotion on Echo Show. More video sources will be added over time,” Amazon said in a statement.
Google abruptly pulled YouTube from the Echo Show Sept. 26, saying at the time that “Amazon’s implementation of YouTube on the Echo Show violates our terms of service, creating a broken user experience.” Amazon said at the time it was disappointed, and that the removal occurred “without explanation and without notification to customers. There is no technical reason for that decision, which is disappointing and hurts both of our customers.”
YouTube’s API Terms of Service, which you can see here, requires developers to maintain certain features of the core YouTube experience. The first iteration of YouTube on the Echo Show missed some functionality — for example, an Echo Show user couldn’t subscribe to channels or see related videos.
YouTube on Echo Show has been changed as Amazon and Google sought to make up their differences. Today it is closer to the desktop and mobile experiences of the streaming service rather than the old Echo Show design.