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Journal Cover Mobile Media & Communication
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   Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)
   ISSN (Print) 2050-1579 - ISSN (Online) 2050-0158
   Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [853 journals]
  • The regulatory jewel of the South Pacific: Samoas decade of
           telecommunications reform
    • Authors: Meese, J; Chan Mow, I.
      Pages: 295 - 309
      Abstract: During the last decade Samoa significantly reformed its telecommunications sector. It introduced a new competitor—Digicel—into the market, privatised the state-owned company SamoaTel (now Bluesky Samoa) and established an independent regulator. These reforms have had a dramatic impact on mobile usage in Samoa, and now mobile phones and regular Internet access have become an everyday (and affordable) reality for a vast majority of the population. This paper provides a critical account of one of the most mature mobile markets in the Pacific region. Drawing on semistructured key informant interviews with individuals in the Samoan telecommunications sector and the public service (conducted in April 2014), the paper explores the emergence of a Samoan digital culture, a transformation which has only been possible thanks to the widespread take up of mobile phones on 3G networks. We outline how mobiles are being used in Samoa, the ways in which they integrate (or don’t) with existing social and cultural norms and discuss the wider infrastructural issues that have emerged in light of this increased usage. We end by reflecting on what the Samoan experience can tell us about telecommunications reform in developing countries more generally.
      PubDate: 2016-08-30T04:23:47-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157916629707
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 3 (2016)
  • Perpetual contact as a communicative affordance: Opportunities,
           constraints, and emotions
    • Authors: Mascheroni, G; Vincent, J.
      Pages: 310 - 326
      Abstract: This paper draws on qualitative data collected as a part of a comparative study on children and teenagers’ uses of smartphones in nine European countries to explore the meanings and emotions associated with the enhanced possibility of "full-time" contact with peers provided by smartphones. It argues that full-time access to peers—which interviewees identify as the main consequence of smartphones and instant messaging apps on their interactions with friends—is a communicative affordance, that is, a set of socially constructed opportunities and constraints that frame possibilities of action by giving rise to a diversity of communicative practices, as well as contradictory feelings among young people: intimacy, proximity, security as well as anxiety, exclusion and obligation. Understanding the perceptions and emotions around the affordance of "anywhere, anytime" accessibility, therefore, helps in untangling how communicative affordances are individually perceived but also, and more importantly, socially appropriated, negotiated, legitimised, and institutionalised.
      PubDate: 2016-08-30T04:23:47-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157916639347
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 3 (2016)
  • Rousing reviews and instigative images: The impact of online reviews and
           visual design characteristics on app downloads
    • Authors: Burgers, C; Eden, A, de Jong, R, Buningh, S.
      Pages: 327 - 346
      Abstract: Mobile apps are very popular. However, this is not true for every app, with some apps receiving millions of downloads, while other apps are mostly ignored. We investigate the popularity of apps in terms of downloads by focusing on two salient cues: (a) online recommendations (e.g., presence and valence of online reviews) and (b) visual characteristics of app icons (e.g., use of visual metaphors and anthropomorphism). Study 1 was a field study in which we content-analyzed 500 apps from the "transportation" subcategory of the Google Play Store. We found that the presence and valence of online reviews, as well as the presence of visual metaphors in app icons were positively related to the number of app downloads. Study 2 was an experiment in which we presented participants with different app icons containing different types of visual metaphors. We again found that app icons with visual metaphors led to more positive attitudes towards the apps and behavioral intentions. Combined, our studies show that both online consumers (through online reviews) and app designers (through visual design) impact an app’s popularity.
      PubDate: 2016-08-30T04:23:47-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157916639348
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 3 (2016)
  • Domestication of smartphones and mobile applications: A quantitative
           mixed-method study
    • Authors: de Reuver, M; Nikou, S, Bouwman, H.
      Pages: 347 - 370
      Abstract: Smartphones are finding their way into our daily lives. This paper examines the domestication of smartphones by looking at how the way we use mobile applications affects our everyday routines. Data is collected through an innovative quantitative mixed-method approach, combining log data from smartphones and survey (perception) data. We find that there are dimensions of domestication that explain how the use of smartphones affects our daily routines. Contributions are stronger for downloaded applications than for native applications. Especially applications that require interaction with others, such as social media and instant messaging, have a serious impact on our day-to-day routines. As a result, appropriation is core in incorporating smartphones in daily life routines. However, frequency of use and the total number of minutes spent on a given type of application per day affect our everyday routines in different ways. This paper is the first quantitative domestication study that focuses on smartphones rather than feature phones. The theoretical contribution and practical implications are outlined.
      PubDate: 2016-08-30T04:23:47-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157916649989
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 3 (2016)
  • "Always on and always on them": Portable radios and the creation of the
           mobile media experience
    • Authors: Cohen M. M.
      Pages: 371 - 384
      Abstract: This article investigates the early history of portable radio in the United States from 1920 through 1954. As the first mobile electronic device, the portable radio reveals important information about how the mobile media experience has developed over time. Portable radio afforded several new experiences that are relevant to today’s media landscape: it allowed users to create customizable, mobile media environments that they could take with them wherever they went; it redefined the radio listening context by allowing users to bring their preferred forms of entertainment with them when travelling to unfamiliar places; and it facilitated more continuous media consumption habits. This interdisciplinary essay combines close textual analysis of historical newspaper articles and advertisements, which are viewed through the lens of a range of media theories. The goal is to uncover some of the complex effects of early mobile media and to lay the groundwork for future in-depth studies of mobile media history.
      PubDate: 2016-08-30T04:23:47-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157916651306
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 3 (2016)
  • The "life and death" of great Finnish fashion phones: A periodization of
           changing styles in Nokia phone design between 1992 and 2013
    • Authors: Zhang, Y; Juhlin, O.
      Pages: 385 - 404
      Abstract: Visual aesthetics is an essential part of our experience of mobile devices, but the ways in which it is accounted for in design have largely been overlooked. We investigate whether an aesthetization of mobile design is taking place and, if so, how it is being pursued through institutional practices in organizations. We conduct a visual analysis of all Nokia phone releases between 1992 and 2013 complemented by an interview series with key actors. The study reveals a continuous increase in aesthetic variation between 1998 and 2008, which is visible in the variation of colors, forms, and materials. The period between 2003 and 2008, which we term the "Grand" period, marks the peak of aesthetization of Nokia’s devices. It exhibits great variation, and is visibly similar to aesthetics in the fashion industry. With the introduction of the slate form, we see a decrease in visual variation between 2009 and 2013. The interviews reveal how the visual design was driven by organizational strategies, such as customer segmentation in general, and an orientation toward the fashion industry, for example, in the creation of a fashion segment. The study reveals how aesthetic variation is weaved into a complex innovation system with sometimes conflicting demands deriving from, for instance, technology and user interaction.
      PubDate: 2016-08-30T04:23:47-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157916654510
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 3 (2016)
  • Immigrants and mobile phone uses: Spanish-speaking young adults recently
           arrived in London
    • Authors: Gordano Peile, C; Ros Hijar, A.
      Pages: 405 - 423
      Abstract: This paper contributes to the understanding of immigrants’ mobile phone uses by focusing on a particular social group, European young adults, and moment in the migration process—arrival at a new place. It analyses the experiences of 25 Spanish-speaking young adults recently arrived in London through a qualitative methodological lens based on semistructured interviews and participant observation at relevant sites of arrival in the city. We looked at the potential mobile phones have to empower youth in their migration processes—from improving their transnational communication to accessing relevant and timely information at destination—as well as the challenges young migrants face to fully enjoy mobile services in a new national context. We argue that this tension between the potential benefits and challenges of mobile communication is particularly prominent when arriving at a new place, a moment characterized by economic and emotional uncertainties. However, this temporal dimension has tended to remain underexplored in the literature that deals with mobile communication and users’ strategies. Thus we propose the concept of "immigrants’ technological adjustments" to name the set of decisions immigrants take as information and communication technologies (ICTs) users in order to ensure the availability of digital resources and services while moving between countries. We draw upon empirical examples from fieldwork in order to offer a new conceptual tool that further develops the burgeoning field of immigrants and ICT use.
      PubDate: 2016-08-30T04:23:47-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157916655375
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 3 (2016)
  • Book review: After access: Inclusion, development, and a more mobile
    • Authors: Aricat R. G.
      Pages: 424 - 425
      PubDate: 2016-08-30T04:23:47-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157916661108
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 3 (2016)
  • Book review: Sexting panic: Rethinking criminalization, privacy, and
    • Authors: Sekarasih L.
      Pages: 425 - 426
      PubDate: 2016-08-30T04:23:47-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157916661108a
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 3 (2016)
  • Book review: Intimacy at work: How digital media bring private life to the
    • Authors: Ming Loh S.
      Pages: 426 - 427
      PubDate: 2016-08-30T04:23:47-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157916661108b
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 3 (2016)
  • Thank you reviewers!
    • Pages: 428 - 430
      PubDate: 2016-08-30T04:23:47-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050157916664444
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 3 (2016)
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