Finally Amazon showed off a new product, the Echo Spot, which is a tiny Echo speaker with a 2.5 inch display. Google claims that Amazon failed to provide great experience for its customers by holding back YouTube's full functionality on Echo Show interface such channel subscribing and auto-playing next videos among others. It appears Amazon and Google are in talks to fix the access situation, but there's no word on when the Echo Show will play YouTube videos again.
"Echo Spot combines the popular small design of Echo Dot, the display of Echo Show, and the features you love about Alexa", senior vice president Tom Taylor said. (Clearly, Amazon learned a thing from Google's home speaker.) If you preferred the column of doom, the body of the old Echo has been refashioned into the Echo Plus, which starts at $149. But now, when you try to fire up that Barefoot Contessa clip, Alexa says, "Currently, Google is not supporting Youtube on Echo Show". "We hope to be able to reach an agreement and resolve these issues soon", it said in a statement. Amazon's Echo smart speakers are already integrated with its music offering and in the music subscription market, Amazon remains at the third position after Spotify and Apple Music. All new Echoes feature Amazon's Alexa voice assistant.
Services such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, Amazon Video, Netflix, All 4, My5, Curzon Home Cinema, BBC News and BBC Sport, are all available via the new Fire TV. Buttons is the first of Amazon's Alexa Gadgets, a new series of accessories for games with Alexa-enabled devices.
One analyst called the decision by Google a blow to online giant Amazon, since YouTube is a big video service that they offered in addition to theirs.
As far as connectivity goes, the Echo Spot will be Bluetooth-compatible and offer a simple 3.5mm stereo cord for direct connections. The Amazon Echo Plus looks very much like the original Amazon Echo, sporting a tall plastic body. Some will also point to Google's smart speakers and suggest this is Google's way of sabotaging Amazon.