T-Mobile and Google have announced a new collaboration in which the carrier will provide more support for Google’s services and smartphones. Google’s Senior Vice President of Platforms and Ecosystems, Hiroshi Lockheimer, called today’s announcement “a victory for Android users” and “an even bigger win for the Android ecosystem.”
According to The Verge report, the carrier’s announcement of a closer alliance with Google also means that more applications and services will be pre-installed and available on Android phones. For instance, a Google One cloud storage subscription that also serves as a safe backup for the devices is included.
T-Mobile is also taking a risk by making Android Messages the default messaging app on all of its Android devices. However, support for Rich Communication Services, or RCS, the SMS successor that Google has been attempting to push in the industry, is included. That, of course, necessitates carrier support, and this step is essentially a public demonstration of that support for the technology. T-Mobile will also discontinue its own television services in favor of YouTube TV, thus increasing support for and sales of Pixel products.
Verizon is actually the only carrier where Pixel devices can be bought. But that is about to change thanks to a new alliance between Google and T-Mobile. Since it involves T-Mobile supporting Pixel hardware more prominently in its stores and on its website. T-Mobile’s promotion of Pixel smartphones is the real difference here. This is something it has never done before. Although it isn’t listed, this is likely to take place earlier than any other stuff.