Firefox and updated Silk Browser on Fire TV are great ways to access YouTube if Google indeed blocks the main app next year

Despite Amazon now selling the Chromecasts again and being in a “productive discussion” with Google to try and keep YouTube access on the Fire TV next year, the main YouTube app on the Fire TV continues to display a message saying the app will no longer be available starting January 1st, 2018. With today’s release of Firefox for Fire TV and today’s update to Amazon’s Silk Browser, there are now two very good alternatives to accessing YouTube on the Fire TV if Google goes through with blocking the main app. Read more ›

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Google says they are in ‘productive discussions’ with Amazon to keep YouTube on the Fire TV

Things are looking good for YouTube to remain accessible on Fire TV devices next year. Google has told The Verge, and multiple other news outlets, that they are in “productive discussions with Amazon to reach an agreement for the benefit of our mutual customers.” Read more ›

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Amazon to once again sell the Google Chromecast and Apple TV

Amazon has re-listed the Google Chromecast and the Apple TV, as first spotted by CNET. This is significant since Amazon removed both devices from their website two years ago after being unhappy with the state of Amazon Video on both platforms. This should relieve tension between Amazon, Google, and Apple, which may be the first step to avoiding the upcoming ban of YouTube on the Fire TV by Google. Read more ›

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Potential ways to bypass Google’s YouTube block on the Amazon Fire TV

I’m hopeful that Amazon and Google will come to an agreement that keeps the current YouTube app for Fire TV devices functioning before Google actually blocks access on January 1st, 2018. Amazon’s official statement on the matter ends with “we hope to resolve this with Google as soon as possible,” so they’re hopeful as well. If Google does block YouTube on the Fire TV, I’m confident that there will be ways to bypass the block and continue watching YouTube videos on Fire TV devices. Read more ›

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Amazon makes the YouTube “app” for the Fire TV, not Google, and that’s very important

Now that Google has decided to block access to YouTube on the Fire TV starting next year, there are many heated discussions about who’s to blame, Amazon or Google, for this mess. I’m not here to point fingers, but I do want to clear up something that many arguers are getting wrong. The YouTube app for Fire TV devices is made by Amazon, not Google. That is a very important distinction that highlights how far Google is going to combat Amazon and hurt consumers in the process. Read more ›

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Google to block YouTube from the Amazon Fire TV on January 1st, 2018

Amazon and Google have been at odds for years. Their clash has reached a new level today. Google has issued a statement announcing that the company was pulling support for YouTube on the Amazon Echo Show immediately and will pull support for YouTube on Amazon Fire TV devices on January 1st, 2018. Read more ›

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Amazon restores YouTube access on Echo Show and adds access to Vimeo and Dailymotion

A couple of months ago, Google blocked access to YouTube on the Amazon Echo Show because the device’s voice optimised interface violated their terms of use. I never got around to writing about it when it happened because I was busy attending to more important matters. Today, Amazon has restored access to YouTube videos on the Echo Show. While they were at it, they also added access to videos from Vimeo and Dailymotion. Read more ›

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Google announces new Home Mini and Home Max smart speakers

As was expected, Google has announced a new smaller version of their Google Home smart speaker, called the Home Mini, to compete with Amazon’s Echo Dot. Additionaly, Google announced a much larger higher-end smart speaker called the Home Max that more closely competes with the upcoming Apple HomePod speaker, than anything Amazon makes. Read more ›

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Google’s answer to the Amazon Echo Dot leaks ahead of next month’s expected announcement

Google is holding an event on October 4 where they’re expected to reveal their two new flagship phones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. It looks like phones aren’t the only thing on the agenda because Droid Life has leaked information about a new smart speaker that is also expected to be revealed that day. The new device, called the Google Home Mini, will compete directly with Amazon’s Echo Dot. Read more ›

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Google Play Store now gives apps the option to block rooted devices

Earlier this week, it was discovered that the Netflix app on the Google Play Store was preventing users with rooted devices from installing the app. It was assumed the block was caused by changes to the app’s DRM. Android Police has discovered that it’s much worse than that. Google is now giving app developers the option to prevent rooted devices from installing their apps. Read more ›

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