30 days in the past, Amazon declared that it was in the process of assorting Apple TVs and Chromecasts to start marketing them yet again. Given that then, the Apple Television set and Apple Television set 4K have been offered and marketed on the site, but the Chromecast and Chromecast Extremely are even now showing as “Presently unavailable” from Amazon, with no 3rd-bash sellers at all. Even hunting for “Chromecast” on Amazon won’t bring up the products internet pages linked previously mentioned, you’d have to know the URL to see them. We have reached out to Amazon a number of instances in excess of the earlier weeks to question about this and to inquire about an exact availability day, but had been informed there had been no details to share.
So what is actually the maintain up? The most “obvious” (even if illogical for me) rationalization goes back to the purpose why Amazon eradicated the Chromecast and Apple Television set in the initial area. It claimed that it won’t want to confuse clients by supplying a products that won’t support Prime Video clip, and therefore now the Apple Television set is back mainly because the Prime Video clip app was launched for it. But the Android app for Prime Video clip even now won’t support Chromecast (although the Amazon New music app lately added Chromecast) and so Amazon is waiting till the dev group (its have dev group) releases that so it can magically end “assorting” and start marketing Chromecasts yet again. I repeat, it really is the obvious purpose but Amazon’s logic is flawed.
The next rationalization could be way more difficult than that. Amazon and Google are locked in an arm-wrestling match and this does appear to be a bargaining chip between the two, in which YouTube and Nest have also lately performed a part. For all we know, Google could be keeping Chromecast stock back from Amazon, or perhaps Amazon could be keeping off on Prime Video’s support (even if it was ready) and therefore Chromecast’s sale. The only point I’m particular of is that quite a few, quite a few lawyers and negotiators are obtaining compensated to determine this out and that customers are suffering mainly because of this bickering. But I do hope no matter what alternative receives worked out, even if it will take time, does choose into thought the possible potential head-to-heads these two giants are heading to come across by themselves in, from gadgets to retail to services. If CES 2018 showed us anything, it really is that Alexa and Assistant are heading to be at the center of the interfaces of our potential, and suitable now Amazon and Google overlap in quite a few locations of their businesses, way more than Amazon and Apple do, which is potentially why the Apple Television set predicament obtained sorted out so quickly.
I cannot help but marvel, if this was the EU, Amazon and Google would have been slapped by an anti-aggressive lawsuit and this would have all been in excess of now.