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Smartphone & Tablet Briefs

Gear S2 Shares Smartphone Number

AT&T’s cellular-equipped Gear S2 smart watch can now share the same phone number as your main AT&T smartphone.

The Gear S2 is the first device from AT&T to offer NumberSync capability, enabling users to make and receive cellular voice calls and messages through the watch using the same phone number that family, friends and others already know. NumberSync works if the user’s smartphone isn’t on hand, nearby or even powered on, the company said. NumberSync doesn’t require a Bluetooth connection to a smartphone to make and receive calls and texts.

AT&T is the first U.S. carrier to offer such a service, AT&T said.

Verizon Adds Star Wars Themed Droid

Star Wars fans can buy a limited-edition Droid Turbo 2 by Motorola with custom-made designs inspired by one of five different characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Consumers can use Motorola’s Moto Maker online custom-configuration tool at home or in Verizon stores to choose custom color palates and backing materials based on key movie characters. In addition, Star Wars: The Force Awakens wallpaper will be available for the phone through the Google Play store.

The Droid Turbo 2 features a drop-proof screen, up to 48 hours of battery life, and a 21-megapixel rapid-focus camera.

The Star Wars editions are available for $26/month for 24 months ($624 total), or $30/month for 24 months $720) with a design refresh.