Study Shows 1/2 of Adults in US own a Tablet or Smartphone
By Will765 On 1 Oct, 2012 At 12:25 PM | Categorized As News | With 0 Comments

The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism completed a survey of over 9,500 adults from late June to early August, with some surprising results.  Half of those polled own either a tablet or smartphone, and one-third use their devices to access news stories and video clips, at least once per week.  Almost 20% indicated they had paid for some type of online subscription over the past year.

Just because people are viewing news on mobile devices, doesn’t indicate they are cutting back on viewing news on PCs or in newspapers. About half of the tablet news users that Pew surveyed say using their tablets actually makes then spend more time consuming news, and around one-third also now get news from new sources they previously didn’t use. Nearly one-third of these same mobile users also have print-only subscriptions, with most having no plans to cancel them.

It also seems that the Android devices are gaining market penetration. Pew found that just over half of tablet owners reported owning Apple’s iPad, compared with 81 percent a year ago. Forty-eight percent now own an Android-based device, probably spurred by the new lower-cost Amazon Fire, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Google Nexus 7 tablets.

So while traditional news outlets may have to rethink how they will connect to consumers, at least it seems that peoiple are using their mobile devices for more tha Facebook and Twitter.  All is not lost.

About - Bill Anderson posts under the clever alias will765. Gets to work from a home office for a piano moving company, in glorious Lake Hopatcong, NJ. Pretty new to android, but love technology and have been building my own(and friends)pc's for about 15 years

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