Official YouTube app goes live on compatible Fire TV devices


Currently, the official YouTube app is available worldwide on Fire TV Stick (second generation), Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, and Toshiba, Insignia, Element, and Westinghouse Fire TV Edition smart TVs.

As of today, Amazon Prime Video is available on Google's Chromecast and Android TV devices, and the YouTube app is back on Fire TV. Amazon and Google brought each others' systems into the fold and for once, customers are the winners.

The détente between the two tech heavyweights came after years of negotiations and public bickering. Amazon might now sell Chromecast devices (at least, in the U.S. - like nearly everything else, searching for "Chromecast" on Amazon AU is a shitshow), but Home products are conspicuously absent.

The official YouTube app has made its comeback to the Amazon Fire TV platform more than a year after being absent over a spat between Amazon and Google. The app is said to support Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, and can also be downloaded from the platform's store, Amazon Appstore.

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Amazon Prime members will also be happy to hear that Amazon's Prime Video now works with Chromecast.

Prime Video is already available on a select few Android TV devices, but access is rolling out to all other Android TV systems today.

The YouTube app supports 4K HDR streaming at 60FPS for compatible videos, as well as full Alexa voice commands.

The double whammy is the result of Google and Amazon making good on their promise from April to bury the hatchet over their streaming video services. Amazon Prime Video is getting an update that will add a Cast button, allowing it to work with Chromecast and devices with Chromecast built-in. Amazon likewise blasted Google for yanking the YouTube app from Fire TV devices by arguing Google was "selectively blocking" access.