Amazon Music gets Alexa support in US, UK, Germany and Austria

61HbG0WvN3L._SL1000

In a surprising move, Google has apparently blocked Amazon's Echo Show device from accessing YouTube.

Both Amazon and Google are now developing rival voice-controlled smart home speakers, which can act as a gateway to lucrative services. As of this afternoon, Google has chosen to no longer make YouTube available on Echo Show, without explanation and without notification to customers.

Here's what Amazon has been cooking up in recent months, and at least some of these products are likely to make an appearance at today's launch, according to product leaks and reports.

In a demonstration of the Echo Plus's smart home capabilities, Limp used Alexa, Amazon's voice-controlled assistant, to tell the Echo Plus to "discover devices" around a mockup kitchen and living room Amazon had set up at its headquarters. It was "disappointing", Amazon said, arguing that it hurts both companies' customers. Although the companies have "been in negotiations", the Google spokesperson said, no agreement has been made.

Mozilla announces its fastest Firefox browser in beta; calls it Firefox Quantum
We're confident that with Photon, Firefox Quantum users will be impressed by the modern new design that puts their needs first. We've shipped a lot already, but we've been planning for many more projects to come together in Firefox Quantum.

The Verge speculates that this issue might relate to Amazon's failure to provide the full gamut of YouTube features in its Echo Show interface.

Amazon has recently availed a Voice assistant Alexa in its new Amazon Music app for both iOS and Android smart phones. It will resolve these issues soon. A message pops up, stating this: "Currently, Google is not supporting YouTube on Echo Show".

You can ask Alexa to play music based on a specific "genre, decade, mood, tempo, activity", or you can say some of the lyrics if you can't remember the name of a song, Amazon said. Users can give simple voice-commands like, "Play the new song by Fifth Harmony", and Alexa will play "He Like That".

Amazon says it is cutting the price of its Echo smart speaker to $100 from $180, improving the sound quality and upgrading its appearance with six new "shells". Google has blocked its video broadcasting platform from the device, saying it violated the terms of service.

Related News:



Most liked

Young Dolph Hospitalized After Shooting In Los Angeles
For some, finding out Dolph got shot was too much to handle after several breaking stories throughout an eventful Tuesday. The publication also named #Yo Gotti as one of the persons of interest for the Hollywood shooting .

Pitbull sends private plane to Puerto Rico to transport cancer patients
They loaded up a bunch of stuff, supplies, etc., to take over to Puerto Rico, and they're going to turn around and come back. Pitbull has lent his private plane to help transport cancer patients stranded in Puerto Rico back to America for treatment.

Women are finally being allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia
In a separate statement, the government said many senior religious leaders found no, quote, "impediment" in letting women drive. They must wear an abaya, or long black robe, and a headscarf to cover most of their body when outside of their house.

European stocks hit ten-week high led by Alstom after Siemens deal
French unions remain anxious about potential job losses when Alstom SA becomes Siemens Alstom after the deal announced Tuesday. To ensure management continuity, Henri Poupart-Lafarge will continue to lead the company as CEO and will be a board member.

United States says no need for Puerto Rico shipping waiver
Eight members of Congress wrote a letter to the Department of Homeland Security urging the administration to waive the law. When conditions allow it, the goal is to have between six and 10 kitchens sent to Puerto Rico, Porter said.

'The Voice': Season 13 Starts and Ends with a Four-Chair Turn
And Esera Tuaolo , a 48-year-old former pro NFL football player from Hawaii who now resides in Minneapolis MN, sang "Rise Up". This year, Rascal Flatts will be guest advisors for the Shelton camp, while Billy Ray Cyrus will help out his daughter Miley.

O'Driscoll pitches for Rugby World Cup as May dons green jersey
Commenting on the bid Varadkar said, "We have the infrastructure, we have fabulous stadiums, we have the best fans". The victor needs 20 votes, with 39 available.

Consciousness sparked in man after 15 years in vegetative state
Nicholas Schiff, a neuroscientist at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City who did not participate in the research. When doctors requested he turn his head one side or the other, the patient obeyed.

Trent Richardson signs with Saskatchewan Roughriders
The Crimson Tide won the national championship that year and also during his freshman season in 2009. His output dropped significantly in the next two seasons with the Browns and eventually the Colts.

English Premier League Report: Stoke City v Chelsea 23 September 2017
In an already competitive race to be the division's top scorer, Morata joined Sergio Aguero and Romelu Lukaku on six goals from as many games.

Isaiah Thomas could return to Cavaliers by Christmas
Thomas's hip was so damaged that the Cavaliers felt the need to ask for additional compensation from the Celtics in the trade. Thomas averaged 28.9 points-per-game last season, which was third highest in the National Basketball Association .

North Korea appears to bolster defenses after USA bombers flight
It was designed as a show of force against North Korea amid an escalating war of words between Pyongyang and Washington. Earlier this month, Pyongyang fired its second missile in as many months over northern Japan into the Pacific Ocean.

Pittsburgh QB Roethlisberger Regrets National Anthem Protest
He also emphasized that he is not opposed to players who sit or kneel during the national anthem to protest racial inequality. "When we came out of the locker room into that tunnel, it was a very small area".

Sessions Equates Student Protesters To KKK During Remarks On Free Speech
Sessions defended Trump's criticism of NFL players who chose to protest during the national anthem. And he said the Department of Justice will be making more such filings in weeks to come.

ADB keeps China growth forecast unchanged at 6.7 pct
She added it was impossible for loan growth to reach double digits at the end of this year, but it might be close to 10 percent. It expects growth next year to pick up to 7.4 percent, lower than the previously estimated 7.6 percent, reported Moneycontrol.