The YouTube app is finally back for Fire TV devices

YouTube returns to Fire TV Amazon Prime video back on Chromecast Android TV

The 2018 Chromecast comes in two colours — Chalk and Charcoal. Image Google blog

Mainly, this has been the case of apps such as Prime Video that has been unavailable for the lion's share of Android-powered boxes and Android TVs, as well as lack of access to YouTube app on Fire TV.

"Chromecast and Chromecast built-in users have access to over 2,000 apps for content and games, and starting today, you can cast content straight from the Prime Video app to your TV", Google said in a statement.

Google has also delivered on its end of the bargain, with YouTube now officially arriving on Fire TV.

Google lists the following Amazon Fire TV devices as being compatible with a new YouTube app, worldwide; Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, and Toshiba, Insignia, Element, and Westinghouse Fire TV Edition smart TVs.

I'm stoked about this, because it means I can finally get into a bunch of critically acclaimed Prime Video shows I've been sleeping on, simply because I don't have a Fire TV dongle.

Amazon and Google have settled their spat that has been going on for over a year now. YouTube TV and YouTube Kids apps are also in the works, but they're not ready quite yet. The two companies had previously prevented their respective video services from being available on each other's TV streaming platforms.

The all-new YouTube app will appear in the "Your Apps and Channels" row on all compatible devices. That lets you issue spoken commands like, "Alexa, watch music videos on YouTube" to open the app and immediately start playing the top result.

Phones or tablets streaming Prime Video to Chromecast will need to be running versions higher than Android 5.0 or higher than iOS 10.1 to receive this latest update. In addition to that, according to a report by TechCrunch, Chromecast Ultra users will also have access to Prime Video content available for Prime members at no extra cost. If that changes anytime soon, we'll be sure to let you know.

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