Rose gold and platinum Samsung Gear S2 Classic will be out in the US tomorrow

gsmarena 001 Rose gold and platinum Samsung Gear S2 Classic will be out in the US tomorrow

Last month, the two new Gear S2 Classic models Samsung unveiled at CES began their global rollout. And now this is about to take them to the US.

Both the rose gold and the platinum Gear S2 will become available stateside tomorrow, for a recommended retail price of $ 449.99. You’ll find them at Samsung’s own online store, as well as at Best Buy, Amazon, Macy’s, and other outlets in the country.

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Samsung closing in on Apple in the US

gsmarena 001 Samsung closing in on Apple in the US

Parks Associates’s latest report on the sate of the US mobile market reveals a few interesting facts. Perhaps most intriguing is the reduced gap between the to titans in the realm – Apple ans Samsung. The former currently controls 40% of the local mobile market, but the Korean giant is quickly catching up with 31%.

Samsung’s US expansion is definitely impressive, but other foreign OEM’s are exhibiting the same trend, although on a much smaller scale. Third place on the list goes to LG, with 10% market share and other major brand names, like Motorola and HTC have about 5% reach, combined.

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Microsoft apps to come preinstalled on Acer’s Android phones and tablets

Microsoft has entered into a partnership with Acer that will see Taiwan-based company installing the former’s apps and services on some of its Android smartphones and tablets starting H2 2016.

As for what all will come preinstalled, Microsoft did reveal a few names, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive, and Skype. There was, however, no word on exactly which of the Acer’s upcoming phones and tablets will be affected.

gsmarena 001 Microsoft apps to come preinstalled on Acers Android phones and tablets

“We’re excited to partner with Microsoft to provide enhanced mobile productivity to our products,” said ST Liew, president of Acer Smart Products Business Group. “By integrating the Microsoft software suite, Acer customers will enjoy productivity on-the-go along with the familiar computing experience on their smartphones and tablets.”

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LG confirms Always ON feature for LG G5, still teasing us

LG took to Facebook to tease a new feature found on the highly-anticipated LG G5 which will be announced at Mobile World Congress on February 21. LG posted a GIF on the site showing only a rough outline of the LG G5 showing off its Always ON screen.

The caption says “Never go asleep while others do. LG G5, Always ON.”

gsmarena 002 LG confirms Always ON feature for LG G5, still teasing us

It’s not clear whether this screen would be literally Always ON. However, if LG feels it must mention it, then perhaps it would be different than other phone makers’ implementations of a screen that displays notifications while on stand-by.

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AdBlock Fast for Samsung’s Android browser is now back in the Play Store

gsmarena 001 AdBlock Fast for Samsungs Android browser is now back in the Play Store

At the beginning of this month Samsung released a new version of its Internet browser for Android 5.0 and up. This adds a new API which developers can use to create ad-blocking extensions. Just a few days later, one of the first such extensions, AdBlock Fast, landed in the Play Store – only to be pulled by Google soon after.

There’s a happy end to this story, however. The developers behind AdBlock Fast appealed Google’s decision to pull their app out of the Play Store, and today the search giant has reversed its stance on the matter. Hence, the plugin is once again available to download from the de facto Android app store.

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Alcatel Fierce XL with Windows 10 to land at T-Mobile this Wednesday for $139

gsmarena 001 Alcatel Fierce XL with Windows 10 to land at T Mobile this Wednesday for $139

Last December word got out that T-Mobile would sell Alcatel’s first Windows 10 smartphone, the OneTouch Fierce XL. And in January at CES, Alcatel finally made the handset official, yet without saying anything about availability or pricing.

Now a new report claims to shed some light on both of those matters. First off, apparently the Alcatel Fierce XL with Windows 10 is due to land at T-Mobile this Wednesday, on February 10 – so in just a couple of days.

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Instagram makes multiple account support official for all

Instagram has been experimenting with adding support for multiple accounts to its Android and iOS apps for months now – the first reported instance of people seeing this was in November. But that was all testing, and the feature has not so far been available to all users of its apps.

This week, however, that will change. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service has officially announced that multiple account support is coming to everyone. This will be part of version 7.15 of the Instagram app for iOS and Android, which will make it to the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store in the next few days.

Once you get the new app, you can head on over to your profile settings and easily add another account. After that, if you tap on your username at the top of your profile you’ll be able to switch between accounts. And once you have multiple accounts added, you’ll see your profile picture in various places throughout the app, so you aren’t confused as to which particular account you’re currently using.

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