Google and Amazon are having a moment right now. It’s not often that either of the two tech firms really go public with their disdain for another competitor. Sure, there’s the well-documented retail war happening between Amazon and Wal-mart, but other than that there aren’t many major public spats for Jeff Bezos. Google has Apple as its big public enemy number one in the Android-iPhone Wars, but even those trickle down to the manufacturers in the smartphone space and not so much Google itself.
All that said, Amazon and Google are really going after one another. Things escalated this week when Google said it would begin blocking Amazon devices from streaming off of their YouTube video platform. That news follows Google’s recent criticism of Amazon for not selling any of the company’s hardware.
In a statement provided to Reuters, Google said, “Amazon doesn’t carry Google products like Chromecast and Google Home, doesn’t make (its) Prime Video available for Google Cast users, and last month stopped selling some of (our sister company) Nest’s latest products. Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and Fire TV. We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon.”