In a press release released today, T-Mobile outlined its plans for Android for the latter part of this year. And these plans start and end pretty much with the word “Google”. The biggest deal is that Google’s Messages app will now be the standard, standard SMS and RCS platform for everyone T-Mobile Android Phones. But there are also many other nuggets in the press release.
T-Mobile outlined a multi-level approach to highlight Google services throughout the series, including:
- Google Messages will be the default SMS application on all new T-Mo Android phones
- More pixels: “T-Mobile plans to expand the range of Pixel and other Android devices the company wants.”
- A greater reliance on Google One / Google Drive. Reading between the lines: this may mean that Drive is the standard backup solution, and that T-Mobile can offer discounted subscriptions for extra storage via Google One.
- Heavy marketing of YouTube TV: according to two different press releases, YouTube TV will now be T-Mobile’s “premium TV solution.” TVision is on its way out.
T-Mobile customers will be eligible for a $ 10 discount on YouTube TV each month. That seems to be the case too some T-Mobile customer, whether you pay for wireless T-Mobile, home internet or TVision cable cutting service.
Oh, and about that: Since TVision is apparently a competitor to YouTube TV, TVision will end on April 29. If you are currently using the TVision HUB receiver box, it will be updated with software to act as a YouTube TV player. If you do not want to pay for YouTube TV, T-Mobile offers Philo as a cheaper alternative. The same discount will apply, bringing the service down to $ 10 a month. The YouTube TV $ 10 discount is available to current TVision subscribers early – check your T-Mobile account online for instructions.
That discount of $ 10 seems indefinite: as long as you are a customer of both T-Mobile and YouTube TV, you get it cheaper than everyone else. This can be a crucial benefit for YouTube TV in the brutally competitive streaming TV market, especially as customers become frustrated with higher and higher prices.
The more esoteric parts of T-Mobile’s announcement, especially a bit about greater support for Pixel devices, will have to wait until later this year.