After the two companies’ infamous dispute over what seemed like childish behavior, Google and Amazon have rekindled (pun definitely intended) their friendship and have added their services to two major platforms: Fire TV and Chromecast.
For starters, Amazon has confirmed it’s rolling out support for Google’s Chromecast technology to Prime Video users. That means starting today, subscribers of Prime Video can cast TV shows and movies to their television using a Chromecast. The same goes for Android TV users.
Meanwhile, Google has announced the official YouTube app will begin rolling out to Fire TV. Specifically, the Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, and every Fire TV Edition smart TV is compatible with the app. You can even stream content in 4K at 60 frames per second on supported TV sets and use Alexa to control playback. Amazon says the YouTube Kids and YouTube TV apps will roll out in the future, while the existing YouTube app will reach all Fire TV devices in the coming months.
In case you’re wondering what happened before Google and Amazon kissed and made up back April, it was basically a cat fight. Neither Amazon nor Google liked how their opponent was treating their products, so they resulted to child-like play, the biggest action being removing YouTube from the Fire TV and Echo Show. Luckily, whatever problems the two companies had with each other were resolved behind closed doors, and today’s news of the entities working with each other once again is good news for the future of streaming.
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