T-Mobile customers in parts of Europe will get home screen widget in 2014
Twitter and Deutsche Telekom, the German telecommunications giant behind T-Mobile, have entered into a strategic partnership that'll give the microblogging service more prominence on certain T-Mobile Android devices in parts of Europe. Under the agreement Twitter will "create a unique experience for Deutsche Telekom devices," including what sounds like a Twitter home screen widget preloaded on certain Android handsets from 2014. In return DT will get "early access to new tools and innovations on the technical side" and help with integrating Twitter into its marketing campaigns, according to a statement given to GigaOM, potentially giving the company a leg-up over the local competition.
The agreement will initially cover only Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, Greece and Croatia — a small subset of Deutsche Telekom's global reach. But as recent stats from PeerReach reveal, Germany in particular is an important market Twitter has yet to fully conquer, with just 1 percent market penetration in that country versus 11 percent in the UK.