Two months ago, Google removed the YouTube app from Amazon Echo Show saying that it provided a sub-par user experience and violated its terms of service.
Amazon expressed its disappointment on Google’s sudden move, though the latter’s statement said that it hopes to reach an agreement with Amazon to resolve the issues soon.
Now, it looks like both companies have resolved their differences as the YouTube app has returned to the Amazon Echo Show. The new version of the app has a completely redesigned interface that is vastly different from the original app. The new design of the app is similar to the desktop UI of YouTube. While the redesigned app features video recommendations, subscriptions, and autoplay, it lacks full-fledged voice control which was present in the original app designed by Amazon itself.
The new app does not play videos in full screen by default and users need to ask Alexa to “zoom in” for full-screen video playback.
Below is the official statement from Amazon:
“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.”
In addition to YouTube, Amazon is also bringing other video services to the Echo Show like Dailymotion and Vimeo, with the company intent on adding support for more services over time.[Via The Verge]