Cricket offering some free phones & deep discounts for Black Friday

Cricket Wireless is kicking off Black Friday with deals that start today and last through November 26th. They’re offering the ZTE Overture 3 and the LG Fortune for free for those who sign up for a plan during this promotion, but they’re also offering a handful of other devices at a nice discount to entice those who prefer pre-paid plans.

  • ZTE Blade X – $49.99
  • LG Fortune – FREE for switchers* for a limited time! $29.99 new and existing customers
  • LG X Charge – $49.99 for switchers*; $99.99 new or existing customers
  • LG Stylo 3 – $29.99 for switchers*; $129.99 new or existing customers
  • LG Harmony – $9.99 for switchers*; $59.99 new or existing customers

Cricket Wireless recently did some adjusting of their offered plans, sunsetting the 8GB and 10GB plans in favor of their new Unlimited 2 plan. It’s a bit confusing to have two different Unlimited plans, especially since the fine print of the Unlimited 2 plan limits your max speed to 3Mbps. Cricket already throttles all of its customers to 8Mbps while using their network, but the Unlimited 2 plan is an extra slap in the face.

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OnePlus 5T, Samsung Galaxy S8, or LG G6? [Poll of the Week]

Last week’s poll summary: Out of almost 4,500 total votes, 54.4% of our readers prefer tall and skinny (18:9) aspect ratio displays, while 33.2% prefer short and squat (16:9) aspect ratio screens. 12.5% of voters have no preference.

OnePlus 5T, Samsung Galaxy S8, or LG G6— that’s not a comparison I thought I’d be making by the end of the year, yet here we are.

The Galaxy S8 launched for around $750 on most carriers, but recently we’ve seen it go as low as $470. The LG G6 launched for almost $700, and since then we’ve seen it go for $470 on Amazon, $288 on Verizon, and $399 if you have an Amazon Prime membership. Now, the OnePlus 5T will go on sale Tuesday, November 21 for $499, putting OnePlus’ latest flagship in the same camp as the the S8 and G6… at least in terms of pricing.

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All three devices have their pros and cons, of course. The Galaxy S8 and G6 are both water resistant, while the 5T is not. The S8 and 5T both come with the latest Snapdragon 835 processor, and LG’s G6 has the older Snapdragon 821. On the software front, OnePlus’ OxygenOS provides a clean and quick vanilla Android experience, which many of our readers prefer.

So if you had $500 to spend on a new phone, which would you choose? I think I’d go for the Galaxy S8 or OnePlus 5T, only because LG’s software still isn’t my cup of tea. Cast your vote in the poll below, and speak up in the comments if you have any other thoughts.

YouTube TV app arrives on select LG and Samsung smart TVs

Back in October, the YouTube TV team announced that its app would expand in a big way, adding support for Android TV, Xbox One consoles, and Apple TV. The team also confirmed that the app would continue to expand its availability to smart TVs as well, including LG and Samsung televisions. Now owners of select LG and Samsung smart TVs can now download and install the app on their connected television.

Here is the official list of devices that officially support YouTube TV as of right now:

  • Android TV (excluding Xiaomi Mi Box)
  • Xbox One, Xbox One S, and the upcoming Xbox One X
  • Samsung & LG smart TVs (2016 & 2017)

The addition, which was spotted by Droid-Life, doesn’t specify which Samsung or LG smart TVs are supported, but it does say that models from 2016 and 2017 should support it. (The company adds that models from 2014 and 2015 will be supported “soon.”)

If you have a Samsung-branded smart TV that’s from one of the supported years, just open the Apps section on the TV and search for YouTube TV. For supported LG smart TVs, go into the LG Content section and search for YouTube TV to download it.

Are you a YouTube TV subscriber? Or were you waiting to sign up for smart TV support?

YouTube TV app goes live on Samsung and LG smart TVs

YouTube TV has enjoyed a slow and steady start to life in its debut year. Google has gradually rolled out its over-the-top live TV streaming service to more and more US markets in the months since launch, as well as adding additional channels and support of Google Home voice commands.

This careful growth continued a few weeks ago with the launch of the official YouTube TV app on Android TV-powered devices and Xbox One consoles. Google promised a wider launch in the weeks to follow, and now it has updated its support page to acknowledge support for selected Samsung and LG smart TVs.

For the time being, only sets launched between in 2016 and 2017 will be compatible with the bespoke YouTube TV app, although the page notes that 2014 and 2015 sets from the two South Korean companies will follow. Linux-based Sony TVs and Apple TV boxes are also mentioned although it only states that support is “coming soon”.

If you’re not up to speed with YouTube TV, think of it as Google’s competitor to services like Hulu or PlayStation Vue. Subscriptions start at $35 a month, which gets you access to live TV from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, and other major networks. It also includes access to YouTube Red originals and lets you record live shows to the cloud with no storage limits so you can watch it on your phone, computer, or TV at any time.

While YouTube TV has technically always been available no matter what TV set you own (as long as you have a spare HDMI port and a Chromecast), the dedicated app should help the service’s overall visibility for potential new subscribers.

To access YouTube TV on a compatible Samsung TV, all you need to do is update your set’s firmware and then head over to “Apps” and add it to your home screen. It’s the same process for LG sets, but you’re looking for the LG Content Store instead.

It will be interesting to see where Google’s fledgling premium TV service goes next. What would you like to see from YouTube TV? More channels? An international launch? Fire TV support (don’t hold your breath!)? Let us know in the comments.