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YouTube makes a return to the Fire TV while Prime Video makes its debut on the Chromecast

About time.

youtube on fire tiv and prime video on chromecast
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Around one and a half years ago, Google pulled its YouTube app from the Fire TV because of their rivalry with Amazon.

However, it seems that the two companies have made up as Google is finally returning YouTube to the Fire TV and consequently Amazon will be adding Chromecast support to their Prime Video streaming platform.

Amazon states that the YouTube app will be available the Fire TV Stick (2nd gen), Basic Edition, Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, and Fire TV Edition smart TVs from Toshiba, Insignia, Element, and Westinghouse.

Users will finally be able to ditch the old web browser workaround on the Fire TV and use the full-fledged Fire TV app with Alexa voice controls

Is your Fire TV device not listed above? Don’t worry, as Amazon has promised that more Fire TV devices will be receiving the YouTube app “in the coming months.” YouTube Kids and the live YouTube TV service will also be supported later on this year.

Even though Amazon’s Echo Show devices were excluded from the deal earlier this year, users still had some hope that the YouTube app might be released for the Echo devices. Unfortunately, at this time, both parties have kept the Echo Show devices absent from the spotlight just like in the deal.

As for Chromecast users. Amazon’s Prime Video app for iOS and Android now will work with Chromecast devices, the Prime Video app for Android TV will also be receiving a much wider roll-out as the new app will be available to download on compatible hardware starting today.

What do you think? Glad to see Google and Amazon working together to get YouTube and Prime Video on more devices? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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Murtaza is a Computer Science student who takes immense interest in mobile technology. He believes the future of computing lies in smartphones because ARM architecture will eventually take over. He also loves to tinker with ROMs and kernels keeping up with the latest in smartphones.

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