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Reuters Institute’s Digital News Project predicts more dependence on mobile devices

Smartphones are projected to reach around 80 percent of the world’s population by 2020, and for many, the smartphone has become not just our primary access point to digital, but the remote control for life itself. Digital News Project 2016 report cover

And if Nic Newman, digital media consultant, research associate at the Reuters Institute, and author of Journalism, Media and Technology Predictions, 2016, is right — we’ll soon be using 3D touch technology on foldable, waterproof smartphones.

Newman’s report is the first of eight that will be released in 2016 as part of the Digital News Project, an effort by a team of researchers, sponsors and collaborators to explore digital developments across multiple countries and identify and measure industry challenges and opportunities.

More mobile predictions for 2016

Additional predictions for mobile in 2016 include more commonplace wireless charging and other new possibilities opened up by increased data speeds and processing power, including:

  • Mainstream use of personal assistants, as Facebook introduces ‘M’.
  • Mobile payment and ‘M-commerce’.
  • Growth in push notifications.
  • Further slow growth of wearable technology and glanceable content.

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Reuters Institute expands Digital News Report to 8-part series in 2016

Download the full Journalism, Media and Technology Predictions, 2016 report

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