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Smartphones and tablets set to reshape the news industry: study

WASHINGTON--Half of American adults own a smartphone or tablet computer, and most of them use these devices to access news, a study released Monday showed.

The study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism with The Economist Group concluded that the move to mobile devices has major implications for the news industry.

It found 22 percent of U.S. adults now own a tablet device, twice as many as a year ago, and another 3 percent use a tablet owned by someone else in their home.

Forty-four percent have smartphones, according to the survey, up from 35 percent in May 2011.

Some 64 percent of tablet owners and 62 percent of smartphone owners say they use the devices for news at least weekly, close the same percentage as for email or games.

The study found Americans are doing more than just clicking headlines on their mobile devices, showing that 73 percent of those who view news on their tablet read in-depth articles at least sometimes.

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