After years of feuds, Google and Amazon have finally caught up. As a direct result, YouTube comes back to Fire TV and Prime Video gets support for Chromecast and Android TV. Finally.
This change occurred about 16 months after Google first pulled YouTube out of Amazon's Fire TV platform. This was an aggressive reaction to Amazon's decision not to sell Google's Chromecast. The whole thing was insignificant and generally a loss to consumers.
However, this week's change makes things "right" again. Google said in a joint announcement with Amazon that YouTube will return to Fire TV "in the coming months". In this announcement, Amazon said Prime members on Chromecast and Android TV devices would get access to Prime Video … even "in the coming months."
In addition, Google added that it would also bring YouTube Kids to Fire TV devices. However, this is the case for the time being: Fire TV Devices. There is no word from YouTube for other Fire devices ̵
It's also worth noting that we did not watch Prime Video on an Android TV device – the NVIDIA SHIELD TV exclusively had access to the Prime Video app over two years ago. It was the first Android TV device to gain access to Amazon's streaming platform. The app has been available on Android for quite some time, but without the ability to cast.
But in both cases, the exclusivity period is now generally over. Well, it will be in the next few months anyway.
In other news, The Weather Channel fell victim to ransomware, Facebook deposited Instagram passwords in plain text, BlackBerry Messenger is (somehow) shut down, Google and Amazon are also giving away free music and more to users.
- The Weather Channel hack: TWC was inactive for more than an hour yesterday morning after a ransomware attack took her out of the plane. Yikes [Engadget]
- Facebook shit when saving passwords: Last month, Facebook admitted storing millions of Facebook passwords in plain text. Yesterday, the post was updated to indicate that millions of Instagram users were also affected. Notifications will be sent to affected users shortly. In any case, it's probably not a bad idea to change your password now. [The Verge]
- Sunsetting BBM: Emtek, the company that has been running BlackBerry Messenger since 2016, announced yesterday that the service will be shut down. A paid enterprise version of BBM (managed by BlackBerry) will be opened to all users instead. This is a good move for BlackBerry. [Liliputing]
- Free YouTube Music: If you have a google home and subscribe to not YouTube Music (or Google Play Music, which is about the same thing), you can now stream free , ad-supported music on your home. [TechCrunch]
- Free Amazon Music: Amazon basically announced the same thing to echo users – just ask them to play music and get free, ad-supported music. [Variety]
- Google Brings Shady Apps: Google removed several shady apps from the Play Store after Buzzfeed discovered that they were committing ad fraud. [Gizmodo]
- Facebook Hell: Wired recently released a fascinating story about the culture in Facebook and is brutal. It is worth reading. [Wired]
I would normally like to conclude with some interesting and science-based results; something that is usually beyond our usual reach. Today comes from Under Armor, which recently announced an incredible new line of Baselayers recycling their energy . This line, called the UA Rush, contains minerals that absorb heat and convert it into infrared energy. The body then re-absorbs this infrared energy and gives the wearer improved endurance. It also helps with recovery after exercise. Best of all, it does not cost much more than a "normal" UA baselayer with shirts that start at just $ 50.