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date: 02 June 2020

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This chapter aims to construct a line of inquiry on mobile convergence, a notion that has evolved since the end of the twentieth century, and to highlight the most promising directions of research. The authors apply the notion of mobile convergence not only to the convergence between the mobile phone and other communication media but also to the convergence of the smartphone with different families of objects. After a critical review of the most important studies that have been carried out on this topic, the authors advance the theoretical reflection on convergence in an attempt to capture the driving forces behind this phenomenon. To do so, they explore convergence from a sociological perspective and through the lens of political economy. Finally, they offer a projection regarding the new directions in which mobile convergence processes are headed and the new assemblages of devices and practices this convergence could bring about in the context of the Internet of things and QR codes.

Keywords: mobile convergence, cooperation, assemblage, remediation, Internet-mobile, smartphone, TV-mobile, future convergence

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