Google strikes a blow at Amazon by signing Sony to support Assistant

Doris Richards
November 15, 2017

Hopefully it's a sign Amazon and Google are willing to work a bit more closely together, and that I'll finally be able to cast Amazon Prime Video to my Android TV. However, Amazon seems to be raising the white flag by adding the Chromecast support into its Prime Music app.

Amazon is gearing up to aggressively pursue the Black Friday deals starting by slashing access to three months of its Music Unlimited service to 99p.

The feature was first spotted earlier this month by TechHive when it was mid-rollout. The app was last updated November 13, 2017.

Amazon and Google's relationship over the past few years has been nothing short of an epic love-war popcorn-worthy chess battle.

Chromecast Support: You can now select music on your Android device, and have the music play on your Chromecast enabled devices. The two companies have butted heads in the past, the conflict going back as far as two years ago when Amazon removed all Chromecasts from its store. Amazon has also added Alexa right within the app, so you can now tap the Alexa button and ask the AI assistant to find music by a particular artist, music in an album or a playlist, or play music by lyrics.

The Amazon Music app was last updated on Google Play on November 13; the changelog shows that, among other things, the music streaming app now officially supports Google Chromecast. Many people already use Amazon Echo devices but aren't tied to the likes of Amazon Prime, this could be a gateway to jumping into Amazon's bigger service.

Finding movies and TV shows to watch and music to listen to probably isn't your main objective for having the Google Home smart speaker, but it is probably one of the most used features.

Google Assistant is also intuitive enough to learn the behaviour of the device owner over time and improve its service.

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