+ Sunday May 26th, 2019

This is indeed a disturbing universe. Amazon and Google appeared to have buried the hatchet, with news that YouTube will come to Amazon’s Fire TV product .. and something perhaps a little more surprising than that.

In a quiet press announcement overnight, Amazon and Google made a joint press release announcing the cessation of hostilities, but the biggest surprise probably isn’t the YouTube side of the announcement, and is the side where Amazon’s Prime Video service will get Chromecast and Android TV support.

You might find this surprising, if only because Amazon Prime TV has appeared on a small handful of Android TV devices in the past (think Sony TVs) but this will see it available more widely. From the announcement:

Chromecast and Chromecast built-in users, along with Android TV users, will have easy access to the Prime Video catalog including the latest seasons of Amazon Originals like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Hanna, Homecoming,Bosch, Catastrophe and The Grand Tour, along with Amazon Original movies like Donald Glover’s Guava Island, and Academy Award-nominated films like The Big Sick and Cold War. 

Prime Video offers users exclusive features like X-Ray as well as access to 4K titles included with Prime at no additional cost. With Prime Video users can also rent or purchase titles or choose from more than 150 Prime Video Channels including Showtime, HBO, CBS All-Access, Cinemax and STARZ.

From a household that watches The Grand Tour religiously each week, this is a great change of circumstances, and when GT4 launches towards the end of this year, we’re looking forward to watching Clarkson, Hammond and May’s adventures using the new Chromecast support.

One thing is for sure – this announcement is well overdue. The feud between Amazon and Google is old news, and the only losers were the consumers who pay good money for their respective services. Let’s get this done, guys.

Source: Amazon and Google joint announcement.

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Joshua Hill
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OMG the number of articles on Android Police just halved as they won’t be complaining about this every other day anymore :p

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Evo

Umm, I’m in Japan and although the Amazon Prime Android app (for phone/tablet) doesn’t Chromecast, there is a native Amazon prime app for Android TV. Is the lack of Amazon Prime on Android TV exclusively an Aus problem or it the same in some other countries too?

Joshua Hill
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If you’ve ever been to a US android website called Android Police it seems to be a problem for the quite insignificantly small market of the US of A 😉

Joshua Hill
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Do you have a Sony TV? In the article it states there’s been some TV support depending on manufacturer.

Joshua Hill
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Do you answer questions? Or only ask them yourself???

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Daniel Gray

Also hoping aubible will get Google home support, is that likely?

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Daniel Gray

Great, just ordered my chromecast and speaker from Google.

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