Amazon Bringing a YouTube Competitor? Sign Me Up!

An exciting new development in the Google-Amazon battle.

The constant battle between Samsung and Apple has gotten fairly boring. It’s time for something a little more fun. Amazon and Google are more than ready to take that spot. This battle isn’t taking place in the courts. It’s not a battle about who copied who this week. This is a battle of competition. And YouTube seems to be taking center stage.

Amazon has it’s own app store, although it’s much smaller and much less popular than the Google Play Store. Amazon also has it’s own android powered devices, which don’t come with Google Play Services as it’s a forked version of Android. You can find Amazon apps in the Google Play Store, but not their own app store.

Google has also entered Amazon’s space with it’s Google Home products, which still have a long way to go to catch up to the Amazon Alexa products. And let’s not forget about both company’s cloud offerings. This has all the makings of a great war. And it seems the war has started.

Amazon won’t sell Google’s competing products in it’s store. You won’t find a Chromecast, and you won’t find Amazon Prime services streaming on a Chromecast either. In turn, Google has pulled YouTube off of Amazon’s newest Echo Show product, and will also be removing it from Amazon’s Firesticks in January.

Well, it seems Amazon is making the next move in this war. Amazon has filed two trademark requests with the Trademark Office for “Amazontube” and “Opentube”. In these filings, Amazon describes these services as providers of “non-downloadable pre-recorded audio, visual and audiovisual works via wireless networks.”

Could Amazon actually be bringing forward a YouTube competitor? Or could this simply be posturing, awaiting Google’s next move? Who knows? I for one, would definitely welcome a solid YouTube competitor. After all, competition only makes things better, and there’s plenty of room to make YouTube better.

source: Engadget


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