07 April 2021
T-Mobile has announced a special partnership with Google that will see it promote a number of latter's apps and services on all Android devices sold through the carrier. It includes Rich Communication Services (RCS), Google One subscription, YouTube TV, and Pixel lineup of smartphones.
The announcement reveals that all Android smartphones sold through the carrier will come pre-installed with Android Messages. It will be the default messaging application and obviously RCS support. Google has been trying to make RCS available on Android as widely as possible and this deal should help reach closer to that goal.
T-Mobile devices will have Google One as the recommended cloud subscription. It will be suggested to users for backing up mobile data and restoration purposes. The biggest inclusion in the deal is that T-Mobile has agreed to replace its own suite of live-streaming apps with YouTube TV as the default live streaming application. All users of the carrier will get $10 off on the monthly subscription and will cost $54.99 per month.
And yes, the deal also means that Pixel's line of smartphones will be coming to T-Mobile. Google had previously teamed up with Verizon for releasing Pixel phones in the United States but nothing much came out of it. We can hope that the T-Mobile deal could turn out to be what Google has been hoping for.
Hiroshi Lockheimer, SVP of Platforms and Ecosystems at Google, said:
“This is a win for Android users and an even greater win for the Android ecosystem. T-Mobile and Google have been working together to champion Android since the very beginning with the launch of the T-Mobile G1 in 2008. We’re taking what has already been a long and very successful relationship, and building on it to bring Android customers even more features and services.”