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Amazon’s Echo Show Regains YouTube Access, Also Gets Vimeo and Dailymotion Videos

YouTube has returned to the Echo Show: Amazon’s smart speaker with integrated display is once again able to play videos from YouTube, and the company is adding additional video services to the device in the near future as well.

“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,” said an Amazon spokesperson via email. “More video sources will be added over time.”

Amazon launched the Echo Show with YouTube this summer, but Google started blocking the device’s access to its video service in September. At the time, Google said that Amazon’s implementation of YouTube on the Echo Show violated YouTube’s terms of service, which include some rules about branding as well as core functionality.

Amazon on the other hand claimed that Google disabled the service “without explanation and without notification to customers.” Amazon didn’t respond to a question on whether it had worked with Google on its new implementation of YouTube, but reports from Voicebot.ai and The Verge suggest that the new interface more closely resembles how YouTube works on tablets.

This type of implementation apparently comes at the expense of advanced voice integration, as the YouTube interface requires users to use the Echo Show’s touch screen to do much of the navigation.

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The spat over the Echo Show’s previous YouTube implementation was just the latest in a long history of animosities between the two companies. Amazon has been using a modified version of Android for some of its devices that doesn’t include the original Google apps, and the company also stopped selling Google’s Chromecast streaming adapter on its website in 2015.

There have been some signs in recent weeks that Amazon may be softening on some of the disputed issues. For instance, Amazon recently added support for Chromecast to its Amazon Music app. However, it is unclear on whether the two companies are any closer on striking a commercial deal that would allow them to completely bury the hatchet.

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