It appears Amazon and Google have mended their relationship after going to war over the YouTube app on the Amazon Echo Show. Amazon recently started selling the Chromecast and Apple TV through their marketplace, and most recently, Amazon launched their Prime video app for Android TV. Next step for Amazon is to start supporting Chromecasting from the Amazon Prime video app, but that’s a longshot still.
The Prime video app for Android TV is now available through the Google Play Store. There is still a little hiccup. The app is showing all Android TV devices are unsupported at this time. Android Police claims the app won’t install on any Android TV device yet, but they do note that the Nvidia Shield TV has had the Prime video app for some time now. It’s unclear why all the Android TV devices are unsupported, but it’s possible Amazon simply overlooked the supported devices. It’s also possible that they’re testing the app out before a broader public launch.
Android TV will soon get the Prime video app
It’s only a matter of time before Amazon updates the supported devices. Amazon’s goodwill with this app and selling the Chromecast and Apple TV could be a more substantial play. Amazon wants their Prime video to succeed and being available on whatever device a customer has is vital. The rumors point to Amazon competing with YouTube. So them making these recent moves show they’re not being anti-competitive.
Either way, it’s a win for Android TV owners. Whether or not Google reciprocates the goodwill remains to be seen. We are on the right path for Amazon, and maybe in the holiday spirit, they’ll add Chromecast support to the main Prime video app for Android.
If you want to look at the Prime video app here’s the link. You’ll need to check back in a couple of days to see if they’ve updated support for any new devices.
Let me know what you think! Are you excited about the Prime video app?
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