How many social networks do Americans actively use? [MetaFAQs]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, December 23, 2020

Social networks’ power comes alive with its connections, so people want to be where their friends and contacts are. However, not all networks are the same, and some people choose different ones. How many social networking platforms do Americans actively use? Are they broadly connected to a wide number, or do they only use a few? This MetaFAQs shows the distribution of online American adults by the number of social networks they actively used – having connected in the prior 30 days. These include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, SnapChat, Twitch.tv, Tumblr, Nextdoor, and others.

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Wireless Bluetooth headsets by smartphone operating system [MetaFAQs]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, December 8, 2020

Who uses wireless Bluetooth headsets more – iPhone users or Android smartphone users? This MetaFAQs reports on the relative popularity between the two ecosystems and splitting out whether in-ear or over-the-ear designs are used more than the other.

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Smart displays barely visible [MetaFAQs]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, December 7, 2020

Are smart displays making any headway?

With videoconferencing entering the mainstream and getting a recent boost during pandemic stay-at-home orders, there was a possibility that smart displays would get broad market acceptance. Based on our most recent research results in TUP/Technology User Profile 2020, market penetration is still quite small.

Meanwhile, our other survey results show video calls and group meetings have wide acceptance using smartphones and PCs and platforms such as Zoom and Webex.

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Contact management is a widespread activity for all ages [MetaFAQs]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, November 25, 2020

About MetaFAQs

MetaFAQs are answers to frequently asked questions about technology users. The research results showcase the TUP/Technology User Profile study, MetaFacts’ survey of a representative sample of online adults profiling the full market’s use of technology products and services. The current wave of TUP is TUP/Technology User Profile 2020, which is TUP’s 38th annual.

Current subscribers may use the comprehensive TUP datasets to obtain even more results or tailor these results to fit their chosen segments, services, or products. As subscribers choose, they may use the TUP inquiry service, online interactive tools, or analysis previously published by MetaFacts.

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Smartphone activities by watch OS [TUPdate]

The smartphone-smartwatch Connection

Smartwatches offer the promise to extend the user’s experiences. Most are tightly coupled with a smartphone and its ecosystem. We looked into whether smartwatch users’ behaviors are any different, whether they have an iPhone or Android smartphone. Drilling into the MetaFacts TUP/Technology User Profile 2020 results showed there is a gap between OS and between countries.

iPhones for Communication

Apple Watch users use their iPhones more so than Android smartphone users focus most on communication activities. Text messaging, phone calls, and video calling stand out stronger across the four countries surveyed. Most of these activities are integrated to some degree with Apple Watch, except for video calls since the Apple Watch does not include a video camera (at least not currently).

Androids for Fun and Words

Android smartphone users with Android Wear are very distinctive from the iPhone/Apple Watch crowd in their behavior. Many of their uniquely-strong smartphone activities are centered around entertainment, from playing games to reading, commenting on blogs, to writing reviews.

Looking ahead

Apple has continued to dominate the active installed base of smartwatches. Apple continues to encourage its customers to expand their use of Apple products and services with smoother integrations both inside and outside of their ecosystem. To the extent Google Wear OS smartwatch makers can focus on their customer’s behaviors and needs, they may offer stronger competition to Apple. Even better, such a user-based approach might spark the development of many types of new successful wearables.

About TUPdates

TUPdates feature analysis of current or essential technology topics. The research results showcase the TUP/Technology User Profile study, MetaFacts’ survey of a representative sample of online adults profiling the full market’s use of technology products and services. The current wave of TUP is TUP/Technology User Profile 2020, which is TUP’s 38th annual. TUPdates may also include results from previous waves of TUP.

Current subscribers may use the comprehensive TUP datasets to obtain even more results or tailor these results to fit their chosen segments, services, or products. As subscribers choose, they may use the TUP inquiry service, online interactive tools, or analysis previously published by MetaFacts.

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iPhone users download more paid apps than Android smartphone users [MetaFAQs]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, November 18, 2020

Is downloading paid apps a regular activity for smartphone users? Is there a difference among iPhone users as compared to Android smartphone users? This MetaFAQs identifies the active penetration rates in the US, Germany, UK, and Japan.

About MetaFAQs

MetaFAQs are answers to frequently asked questions about technology users. The research results showcase the TUP/Technology User Profile study, MetaFacts’ survey of a representative sample of online adults profiling the full market’s use of technology products and services. The current wave of TUP is TUP/Technology User Profile 2020, which is TUP’s 38th annual.

Current subscribers may use the comprehensive TUP datasets to obtain even more results or tailor these results to fit their chosen segments, services, or products. As subscribers choose, they may use the TUP inquiry service, online interactive tools, or analysis previously published by MetaFacts.

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Apple’s share of active smartwatches [MetaFAQs]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, November 17, 2020

What is Apple’s share of actively used smartwatches? How does this vary between the US, the UK, Germany, and Japan? How has this changed in recent years? This MetaFAQs reports on Apple’s share of the active installed base across four countries and four years.

About MetaFAQs

MetaFAQs are answers to frequently asked questions about technology users. The research results showcase the TUP/Technology User Profile study, MetaFacts’ survey of a representative sample of online adults profiling the full market’s use of technology products and services. The current wave of TUP is TUP/Technology User Profile 2020, which is TUP’s 38th annual.

Current subscribers may use the comprehensive TUP datasets to obtain even more results or tailor these results to fit their chosen segments, services, or products. As subscribers choose, they may use the TUP inquiry service, online interactive tools, or analysis previously published by MetaFacts.

On request, interested research professionals can receive complimentary updates through our periodic newsletter. These include MetaFAQs – brief answers to frequently asked questions about technology users – or TUPdates – analysis of current and essential technology industry topics. To subscribe, contact MetaFacts.

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Notebooks midmost in mobility [TUPdate]

Notebook Penetration – Now in the Middle of Mobility

Notebooks have continued their long march into widespread use, fueled by the desire to get things done regardless of location. The years-long drive towards mobility continues. However, users have shown that notebooks are not their only choice to support their mobility fix. Even while notebooks have continued to be made thinner, lighter, faster, and less expensive, users have adopted other mobile devices. Smartphones have reached around 85% of online adults in the US, Germany, and the UK, surpassing notebook penetration.

Users have not embraced smartphones as a full substitute for notebooks, preferring certain activities using their notebooks or desktops. However, over the last five years, users have migrated many of their regular PC activities to smartphones, one by one and unceasingly.

Nor have users adopted tablets as notebook substitutes. Several years ago, tablets posed a growing challenge, although they have since seen reduced active market penetration. Part of this decline has been due to users choosing to use fewer devices to simplify their lives. Another dampening factor has been by carriers giving less attention to tablets. Since most users choose tablets connected through Wi-Fi over built-in cellular connections (with additional subscriptions), carriers are less interested in promoting them.

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Industry notebooks – Windows dominate, MacBooks solid #2, few Chromebooks [MetaFAQs]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, November 10, 2020

Where do Chromebooks and MacBooks stand in the workplace? How far have they made inroads? Do Windows notebooks dominate in every industry? How does this vary by the employee’s vertical market? This MetaFAQs reports on the active use of a Windows notebook, Apple MacBook, or a Chromebook among employed adults by the major industry group of their employer.

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Pent-up demand among notebook/laptop users [MetaFAQs]

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, November 10, 2020

How enthusiastic or forward-looking are users about getting a new notebook? Are purchase plans any stronger among Windows notebook users than Apple MacBook users? Or, is it the other way around? This MetaFAQs compares notebook purchase intentions among current users or Windows notebooks and Apple MacBooks.

Demand Tailwinds Among Apple MacBook Users

Apple’s most recent release of Apple MacBooks – this time with their own silicon – is launching at a favorable time. Demand for a new notebook/laptop is strongest among current Apple MacBook users.

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