YouTube returns to Fire TV and Prime Video comes to Chromecast

Amazon and Google are playing nice and swapping their video services

YouTube is back on Fire TV

Cord-cutters breathe a sigh of relief, YouTube is back on the Fire TV and apparently all is forgiven in the Amazon versus Google battle.

It’s been over a year since Google pulled the YouTube app from devices after the online retailer wouldn’t carry the search giant’s hardware, but today it has made its triumphant return. If you have a Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, or a Fire TV Edition smart TV you can ditch that web-browser workaround and enjoy YouTube through a proper app.

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However, you’ll still need it for the Echo Show and the (now-discontinued) Fire TV box - for now (Amazon says support for more Fire TV devices is in the works). If you’re waiting for YouTube Kids and the live-streaming service YouTube TV however, you’ll have to wait a bit longer, they’ll be available in “the coming months,” according to Amazon.

For its return to the Fire TV platform the YouTube app has had a makeover, featuring better Alexa voice controls to help you find, launch, and control content (pause, play, rewind, fast-forward). Some things you can now ask Alexa include “Open YouTube,”“Show football highlights on YouTube,” and “Find Minecraft videos on YouTube.”

Download the app to your device, sign-in and you’ll have access to your subscriptions, playlists, and recommendations. Plus, compatible videos will play in 4K HDR at 60fps on supported TVs and streaming media players.

To complete the cycle of kissing and making up, beginning today, the Prime Video app will now also stream to Google’s Chromecast stick and televisions with Chromecast built-in, as well as Android TV devices.

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