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UPDATED on Tuesday, October 2 at 11:23 am

When it comes to reading news on a small screen, U.S. consumers lean toward web browsers, with 60 percent of tablet-wielding news consumers and 61 percent of those using smartphones now accessing mobile news mostly through the web, according to a survey published today by the Pew Research Centre.

Fewer than half as many mobile news consumers, in contrast, most often use apps; that is, 23 percent of tablet news readers and 28 percent of smartphone readers. A third category, representing 16 percent of those on tablets and 11 percent on smartphones, claims to be more or less evenly split between the two.

An Online Publishers Association survey from June 2012 corroborates the trend: it found that 41 percent of tablet users mostly accessed magazine and newspaper content through the mobile web, 30 percent through single-publication apps, and 22 percent through newsstand apps.

Moreover, this year’s Pew findings follow a pattern established in last summer's survey, by which point the browser was already more popular among news consumers than apps, but to a lesser extent: 40 percent of tablet-using respondents said they used mostly the web browser for news, 21 percent leaned toward apps, and 31 percent claimed to use both equally.

Author

Emma Knight

Date

2012-10-01 16:04

The Boston Globe announced yesterday that it was following in the footsteps of other newspapers and launching an ePaper edition for online and print subscribers, according to boston.com. The ePaper version, which mirrors the format of the print paper, can be read on a laptop or downloaded as an app for smartphones and tablets, the article said.

The “replica edition” contains additional digital features such as page-turning, navigation scrolling and bookmarking, the article said. The new version also features a “text-to-speech” option, which can read selected articles or the entire newspaper aloud.

According to the description from the iTunes app store, users can choose a setting in which Apple Newsstand automatically downloads the paper daily, just like a print version would be delivered each day. The description also states that users can click on articles to access embedded links or share those articles on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Subscribers can obtain the ePaper from bostonglobe.com or download the app from the iTunes store, while non-subscribers can purchase single issues for $0.99 or in-app subscriptions for $14.99 per month, the article said.

Author

Gianna Walton

Date

2012-03-28 13:49

According to the 2012 annual State of News Media report, more Americans than ever own and receive news from smartphones and tablet computers, the Pew Research Center reported.

survey of 3,000 adults conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism found that 44% of people over 18 now own a smartphone, while 18% of adults own tablets—a 50% increase in tablet usage from the summer of 2011.

The survey found that, of the majority of Americans who own a desktop or laptop computer, more than half also own a smartphone. In addition, it found that almost a third of smartphone owners also own a tablet. Overall, 13% of the adults surveyed owned all three devices.

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Author

Gianna Walton

Date

2012-03-20 18:26

The most popular content consumed by iPhone users and all smartphone users in the United Kingdom is access to news via mobile browser (79.7 percent and 48 percent, respectively) in January 2009, according to comScore. By comparison, 55.6 percent of iPhone users and 22.1 percent of all smartphone users accessed news and information by downloaded applications, detailed in World Digital Media Trends 2010, released by the Shaping the Future of the Newspaper project and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers.

E-mail was accessed by 75.4 percent of iPhone users and by 35.4 percent of all smartphone users, while listening to mobile music was consumed by 65.6 percent of iPhone users and 40.5 percent of all smartphone users during the same period. By comparison, a fraction of all mobile phone users did any of these activities.

For World Digital Media Trends 2010, the SFN project has partnered with 66 research companies - including PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Pew Research Center, Magna Global, comScore, ZenithOptimedia, eMarketer, and more - to piece together the vast landscape of the world's media and advertising markets, as well as emerging trends across platforms.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-12-16 18:05

Radio audience measurement firm Rajar has found that in the United Kingdom, 8.1 million people - 16 percent of all adults - have downloaded podcasts, MediaGuardian reported today.

The survey also shows that 6.6 million people have listed to the radio on their smartphones, and 44 percent said they listen to a podcast at least once a week. Those who have downloaded a radio app have reached 2.2 million, a 57 percent increase in less than six months. In June, 1.4 million smartphone users said they had downloaded a radio app, Beehivecity noted.

"Listening to radio via smartphones has grown rapidly over the past year or so and this is reflected in the number of people who claim to have downloaded a radio app, which now stands at just over a quarter of smartphone owners," said Christel Swift, research manager for RAJAR, according to Radiotoday.co.uk.

Comedy and music are the most popular types of podcasts to download; however, just 24 percent of those who said they use podcasts have time to listen to everything downloaded each week, according to Beehivecity.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-15 22:26

Research from Canalys and NPD Group revealed that sales of Android-based phones in the third fiscal quarter amounted to 44 percent while iPhones had 23 percent coverage of the U.S. market, the Washington Post and Apple Insider reported today.

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"Android has been well received by the market and in some geographies it is becoming a sought-after consumer brand. It has rapidly become the platform to watch, and its growing volumes will help to entice developers, ensuring consumers have access to an increasingly rich and vibrant mobile content and application ecosystem," said Pete Cunningham, Canalys Senior Analyst.

Android had a year-on-year jump from 3 percent in 2009 and a second quarter presence of 11 percent, ZD Net informed. Research in Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry sales plunged from 46 to 22 percent since last year while Apple saw a less drastic shift from 29 to 23 percent.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-11-01 17:37

French network provider SFR has leaked some information about the upcoming HP Palm Pre 2 smartphone, Tech Radar UK reported Tuesday. SFR divulged that Palm Pre 2 would operate faster overall and that its boot times would be improved.

"Palm has been mostly quiet since being acquired by HP but now appears to at least initially be taking an Apple-style philosophy that doesn't change the design in significant ways but focuses on performance first," Electronista mentioned.

The new phone will have a new operating system, WebOS 2.0, meaning that integration with social networks is enhanced. Updates and notifications from Facebook will appear directly on the device. It will be powered by a 1 GHz processor (compared to 500MHz previously) and contain 512MB of internal memory, Elecronista informed.

The handset is the second to be launched after the buyout; the earlier Palm Pre Plus being launched in May. However, the first one didn't really use too much HP technology on it, according to Tech Radar.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-10-12 14:20

Google announced on Wednesday the launch of its vocal search tool in Russian for mobile phones, Novie Izvestiya reported. From yesterday onwards, users of Android-run platforms, iPhones, iOS devices as well as Nokia S60 have been able to install Google Voice Search.

"Voice has always been the most natural way to interact with a phone - speaking is typically faster and easier than typing," wrote Google Speech Technologies Manager Amir Mane in a blog post, "Our goal is to bring Google Search by voice to speakers of all languages."

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The Russian-language venture was largely due to the growing number of smartphone users in the country and the reasonable cost of mobile Web access, Vesti.ru explained. Andrei Doronichev, Google's Manager of mobile products, mentioned that more than 12 million Russian citizens access the Internet from mobile phones.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-09-24 15:28

Blackberry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) will be announcing an upcoming tablet device next week at a developer's conference in San Francisco, said people familiar with the company's plans, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. According to PC World, industry expects Jack Gould and Gartner Research's Carolina Milanesi both outlined that the tech firm should back away from the consumer market and instead focus on enterprises, adding that security and productivity should be of greater concern than consumption and entertainment.

"If you're a smartphone vendor today the natural way to continue to growing your business would be to introduce a tablet," said Tech Analyst Tim Bajarin from Creative Strategies, USA Today reported. "In that context I believe it's quite necessary for RIM to deliver (one) as a competitor to Apple, and for that matter Microsoft."

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-09-23 20:25

Even though the leaves are barely changing colour, electronic retailers are looking towards the holiday season for sales. The Wall Street Journal reports that people are more interested in buying tablets and multi-use mobile phones over traditional electronics such as televisions and PCs. For the newspaper industry, this could potentially broaden the market of consumers.

Brain Dunn, chief executive of the electronics store Best Buy, notes that people are becoming more interested in staying connecting regardless of their location. "People are willing to disproportionately spend for these devices because they are becoming so important to their lives," he states. The numbers speak for themselves; Dunn estimates that the introduction of the iPad has chewed into sales of laptop PCs by roughly 50%. Television sales have also dropped off, as people are interesting in buying mobile devices they haven't previously owned rather than upgrade their current entertainment systems.

For more on this story, visit our sister publication, editorsweblog.org.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-09-20 15:47

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