I have the following sentence, which was said to me to be rather informal (to be used in an introduction sentence in a thesis)

Electronic devices are getting more and more omnipresent nowadays.

What are alternatives for "getting more and more"? A standard replacement as "increasingly" seems not to be a good alternative in such a case.

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  1. In formal discourse, more and more omnipresent or even just more omnipresent is unacceptable. Omnipresent means present everywhere, and everywhere has no degrees.

  2. Moreover, you should ask yourself (I have no idea) whether your topic is the distribution of electronic devices or their use.

  3. I imagine your critic's objection is not to more and more but to getting, which is still regarded as colloquial in this sense. Try becoming instead, or a paraphrase:

    Electronic devices are becoming more and more widely distributed.
    Electronic devices are becoming more and more widely used.
    Electronic devices are more widely distributed than ever.
    Electronic devices are used more widely every year.
    Use of electronic devices is constantly increasing.

  • My final topic includes new device materials which can be helpful on the way to ubiquitous computing. Thus I want to say that already today the usage of electronic devices is widespread, i.e. we are on the way to ubiquitous computing and there new materials become interesting. Commented Oct 13, 2013 at 16:59
  • @user2758804 I would go with "use". The presence of devices is merely a constraint on their use, and it is their utility which drives their presence. Commented Oct 13, 2013 at 17:11

To piggyback on what Stoney said, you might want to consider using the word ubiquitous, rather than omnipresent. From NOAD:

ubiquitous adjective present, appearing, or found everywhere

As to your original question, you can shorten the phrase more and more to a single-word more:

Electronic devices are becoming more ubiquitous nowadays.

or, you could use the word increasingly:

Electronic devices are becoming increasingly ubiquitous nowadays.

Notice how I've replaced getting with becoming, to help further reduce the informality of the original.

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    Or just becoming ubiquitous, which avoids annoying people who think that ubiquitous can't be modified by more or increasingly--though the meaning is slightly different.
    – user230
    Commented Oct 14, 2013 at 0:50

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