Official YouTube app goes live on compatible Fire TV devices

YouTube on Amazon Fire TV

This feud started way back in 2015 when Amazon stopped selling Google's Chromecast streaming devices on its store, which offers just about every other retail product on the planet.

And Google has launched an official YouTube app for Fire TV devices, and is promising a child-centric YouTube Kids edition later in the year. In the months since, Amazon rolled out a very welcome Apple TV app (though one suspects that favour might not extend in the other direction). There's no word on when, or if, Amazon and Google will add the YouTube app back to the Echo Show.

For Amazon products, their Fire TV devices now have access to the official YouTube app. The app even supports Amazon's Alexa assistant, so you can search for YouTube videos by voice.

The détente between the two tech heavyweights came after years of negotiations and public bickering.

Since the row flared up towards the end of 2017, Amazon's position in on-demand video has become considerably stronger - and I think that's a big factor in this apparent truce. When they open the app for the first time they'll be automatically prompted to download the app-once installed, they can simply say "Alexa, open YouTube" or click into the app to sign in to their existing YouTube account and access their full library of content including subscriptions, playlists, and recommendations.

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Amazon hasn't said how many users its Prime Video service has, but it's available to all of its Prime members, of which there are now more than 100 million.

YouTube app on Fire TV. With the new version, you can connect to Chromecast targets on your network and beam video straight to them.

To access the updated Prime Video app, users would need Android 5.0 or higher or iOS 10.1 or higher on devices.

Starting today, you can finally watch YouTube on select Fire TV streaming boxes. It was previously only on the Nvidia Shield and a few TVs.

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