Chromecast is back on Amazon

Joanna Estrada
December 15, 2017

Both companies are also competing heavily in smart-home voice assistants, with the Amazon Echo and Google Home.

Plus there are customers who might prefer shopping on Amazon, whether it be because they just prefer the platform, or have credit that they'd like to use, and so on.

The device was shown as "currently unavailable" Thursday, meaning that consumers can't buy it from Amazon just yet. The company had stopped those sales due to the device's lack of a Prime Video app, one it still hasn't released; it did finally launch a Prime Video app for Apple TV, though. Amazon removed the TV streaming devices for sale in late 2015, saying they did not wish to confuse buyers with selling products that did not work well with its own Amazon Prime video streaming service.

Right now, there are product listings for two Chromecasts and three Apple TVs: the 32GB and 64GB versions of the Apple TV 4K, as well as the regular 4th-generation Apple TV, the Google Chromecast, and Google Chromecast Ultra. That may seem a bit far-fetched now, as Google had announced that it was considering removing YouTube services from all Amazon products just last week. Last week Alphabet-owned Google pulled YouTube from several of Amazon's devices.

In a statement to The Verge, Google revealed that it is engaging in "productive discussions" with Amazon about the YouTube issue.

The recent Google Chromecast listing could be a way to ease tensions between the tech giants.

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