Amazon to start selling Apple TV and Google Chromecast


Amazon stopped selling Apple TV and Chromecast devices two years ago.

Possibly underestimating consumer backlash, Amazon is moving to start selling Google Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra devices on the Amazon web site in what some are describing is an "olive branch" extended by Amazon.

However, as relations have become increasingly frosty between the parties, culminating most recently with Google's decision to remove YouTube support from the Amazon Echo Show, it appears the retail giant has accepted that it needs to play nice.

Amazon's decision to restock the devices, which was first reported Thursday by CNET, may be particularly helpful in smoothing things over between Amazon (amzn) and Google (googl). With respect to the situation, a Google spokesperson stated, "We are in productive discussions with Amazon to reach an agreement for the benefit of our mutual customers, we hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon". Google also left the Fire TV off the list of streaming players to be supported by YouTube TV in what is likely a continuation of their fight with Amazon.

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Amazon also has rankled Google by declining to sell an internet-connected thermostat made by Nest, which is owned by Alphabet Inc., like Google.

The clock is ticking toward January 1, 2018, at which point Google will prevent Fire TV devices from accessing YouTube. Amazon responded by saying Google was "setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website".

As for Google, it's been a tense few months between it and Amazon.

That changed last week when the Prime Video app finally arrived on Apple TV, seemingly clearing the way for Apple TV, at least, to return to Amazon. It's now unclear if the change will push Google to resume YouTube support on Amazon's devices.