Schoolwork and younger children’s education by device type [MetaFAQs]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, March 23, 2021

During pandemic times, many school-age children, especially younger ones, are getting their education at home. This MetaFAQs reports on adults’ connected devices for children’s schoolwork and other educational activities. We have split the results by device type – home PC, smartphone, tablet, or work PC – and country – the US, Germany, the UK, and Japan.

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US adult voice assistant/speaker users by brand platform and number of Apple devices [MetaFAQs]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, March 17, 2021

Voice assistants Apple Siri, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa can be used on various devices. This MetaFAQs reports on the number of adults in the US who actively use a voice assistant on a smartphone, tablet, or PC, or use a voice-enabled speaker from Apple, Google, or Amazon. This is split by the voice assistant platform’s brand and the number of Apple devices they use – spanning iPhones, iPads, Macs, Watches, Apple TV set-top boxes, or HomePods. There are two charts – one with the millions of Americans and another with the percentage within each voice assistant platform.

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US adults with voice-enabled speakers by number of Apple devices [MetaFAQs]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, March 16, 2021

Apple’s HomePod smart speaker incorporates voice command using Apple Siri to connect with an Apple iPhone and Apple’s HomeKit home automation control hub. The HomePod is tightly integrated with other Apple products, which helps those who have many Apple devices and may discourage those who do not. This MetaFAQs reports on the number of adults in the US who actively use at least one Apple HomePod by the number of Apple devices they use – including iPhones, iPads, Macs, Watches, Apple TV set-top boxes, or HomePods. There are two charts – one with the millions of Americans by their number of Apple devices and another with the percentage within each smart speaker brand.

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Communication platforms – fast, now, or visible? [TUPdate]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, March 12, 2021

The frustrated plea “can you hear me now?” has evolved to include “can you see me now?” During pandemic and suddenly-working-at-home times, video calls have driven home the importance of having a robust, fast, and synchronous connection. Asynchronous activities such as text messaging and email don’t have the same need for speed and an instantaneous persistent connection.

It got me wondering – are people choosing one device over another for communication that demands higher-bandwidth or low-latency connections? Is there an age difference preference for right-now synchronous versus later-on asynchronous communication activities? Furthermore, are there other aspects beyond bandwidth and immediacy that encourage people to choose one device over another for certain types of communications? Are video work meetings, for example, more PC-based than smartphone-based?

So, I investigated our results from TUP/Technology User Profile 2020 to compare how widely communication activities are in regular use. I netted together asynchronous activities separately from synchronous ones. Then, I looked at differences by device type – smartphone, home PC, and tablet. I also looked at differences by age group, knowing that younger adults often have different sensibilities and experiences around communication than older or the oldest adults.

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Voice-enabled wireless speakers by age group [MetaFAQs]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, March 9, 2021

Online Americans use wireless speakers to use voice commands with Siri or Alexa or to listen to music, and the penetration rates vary substantially by age. This MetaFAQs reports on the penetration of voice-enabled speakers by age group among adults the US.

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American Apple HomePod Users [MetaFAQs]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, March 2, 2021

Apple released the Apple HomePod in 2017. The smart speaker incorporates voice command using Apple Siri to connect with an Apple iPhone and Apple’s HomeKit home automation control hub. This MetaFAQs reports on the number of adults in the US who actively use at least one Apple HomePod.

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Broadened smart speaker usage in the US [MetaFAQs]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, February 23, 2021

Smart speakers can be used for listening to music, news, phone calls, and voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple Siri. This MetaFAQs reports on the number of online adults in the US that use at least one smart speaker by the speaker’s brand.

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Purchase plans among employees working only from home [MetaFAQs]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, February 11, 2021

Employees that only work from home are doing their best to get work done. Many have plans to purchase new technology. This MetaFAQs reports on the purchase plans for desktops, notebooks/laptops, Chromebooks, tablets, and smartphones by country.

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Device type used most often for communication [MetaFAQs]

There are many ways to communicate with our connected devices – a voice phone call, video one-on-one calls, text messages, emails, and others. Do people use one type of device for every type of communication activity, choose different devices based on the type of activity, or is there a mixture? This MetaFAQs looks at users in the US, UK, Germany, and Japan to see which types of devices (smartphones, PCs, tablets, or some combination) are used the most widely for each of a dozen communication activities.

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