Wednesday in CE: The Amazon, Google Feud May Be Getting Uglier
Shaping up to be something of an internet Cold War, Amazon and Google are in a spat. Google has pulled access to YouTube on the Echo Show quoting that the Echo Show feature "violates our terms of service, creating a broken user experience," Amazon says "there is no technical reason for that decision."
Google announced it was removing its app from the e-retail giant's touchscreen-packing Echo earlier this month, with plans to extend the ban to the Fire TV on January 1st. That same day, Amazon filed two trademarks requests with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for something dubbed "Amazontube," and another called "Opentube," as spotted by TV Answer Man.
The patent describes Amazontube/Opentube as providers of "non-downloadable pre-recorded audio, visual and audiovisual works via wireless networks." It adds that the services would "enable users to share content, photos videos, text, data, images and other electronic works," and goes on to list topics, ranging from gaming to dance, fashion and tech.