Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, December 1, 2020
Wireless Bluetooth headsets have become a handy accessory for roughly one in four online adults in the US, Germany, UK, and Japan. In-ear designs are being used more often than over-the-year types. This research is based on surveys with 12,516 online adults in the US, Germany, UK, and Japan as part of the MetaFacts TUP/Technology User Profile service.
Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, November 24, 2020
Are tablets being used to play games? Is the share higher or lower among households with more persons? This MetaFAQs reports on the percent of online adults regularly playing a game using a tablet by household size and country.
Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, November 19, 2020
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.
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.
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.
Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, November 9, 2020
Is there a relationship between iPhone and MacBook users? Similarly, is there a relationship between Android smartphone and Chromebook users? This MetaFAQs reports on the active penetration of Windows notebooks, Apple MacBooks, and Chromebooks among iPhone and Android smartphone users.
Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, October 28, 2020
Every Android smartphone in the active installed base is not in the hands of its first user. Using used/refurbished Android smartphones varies by age group and country. This MetaFAQs reports on the use of used/refurbished Android smartphones by generational age group and country.
Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, October 21, 2020
Do more employees use Apple or Samsung smartphones? How has the active installed base share changed between 2018 and 2020? This MetaFAQs reports on the active installed base of smartphones among employees in the US, Germany, and China.
By Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, April 24, 2020
Busy parents are busier than ever
Parents are busier than ever with the many stay-at-home conditions and school closures across the US now.
Two days ago (April 22, 2020), we surveyed 322 online adults with children 18 or younger. We asked them about the computing devices in their homes, how they share them, what they plan to buy in the next few months, and how an additional home PC might affect their home.
Most parents say they have enough computing devices at home. Nearly two-thirds (61%) have as many or more PCs or tablets as people. Many parents said an additional personal PC is not really wanted, as most (35%) say it would make no difference and feel they have enough (12%).
Those few who would welcome a new home computer value several benefits. One-sixth (16%) expect more efficiency – getting more done with less effort, whether it is more schoolwork or for work from home. Almost as many (14%) expect they would have to share the PCs they have less often. They predict there would be fewer fights between their children. (and who wouldn’t appreciate that!).
Yours, mine, and mine
With the many PCs they have in their home, we asked how and if they share them amongst themselves.
More than half (55%) share PCs, with higher priority given to schoolwork (34%) and working from home (25%). Another half (48%) do not regularly share PCs.
Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, February 23, 2020
Samsung has a strong number-two market position in the US, especially with smartphones, and has a distinctive customer profile from market leader Apple. This is based on our MetaFacts TUP/Technology User Profile 2019 survey and prior waves.
Samsung for the not-so-young
Samsung’s penetration is strongest among age 35-54, mostly spanning Generation X. One third or more of online adults this age are using at least one Samsung connected device: a phone, tablet, or PC. Of these devices, Samsung’s smartphones are in the most solid position. More than one in four online Americans use a Samsung smartphone, with Samsung’s highest penetration by age group at 28% of online Americans age 45 to 54.
The market penetration of Samsung’s tablets and PCs is among less than one in 10 Americans.
Samsung missing the young Americans
Samsung’s smartphones have yet to attract or dominate the most youthful American adults, which is Apple’s strongest suit. 39% of Apple’s iPhones are in American adults age 18 to 34, only 30% of Samsung’s are. Samsung is below the total national average in this respect, too, which is 35%.
Samsung for the not-so-busy
Samsung’s market penetration for its smartphones has declined among Americans using the greatest number of connected devices. Between 2018 and 2019, Samsung’s share dropped by 3 or more percentage points among users with 2, 3, 4, or 6 connected devices (phones, PCs, tablets, or game consoles). The only segment where Samsung gained is among those few Americans who only use one connected device.
Samsung’s strong, yet sagging share
Samsung has lost ground between 2017 and 2019, with its overall market penetration dropping or staying flat for its phones, tablets, and PCs. In the US, Samsung’s overall penetration has shrunk from 30% in 2019 and 34% in 2018 to 33% in 2017. The largest decline was in Samsung’s tablet penetration, which dropped nearly in half, from 11% in 2018 to 6% in 2019. This is due in part to Apple’s dominant market position with iPads. It is also a general retrenchment for tablets when consumers have reduced the breadth of their tech device collection.
Samsung’s overall decline has been similar in China. In Germany, however, Samsung has effectively maintained its leading position.
Not only handsets
Smartphone subscribers choose more than a handset brand, also selecting their carrier. Verizon currently has the largest number of American subscribers, with 30% of online adults using Verizon’s service with any smartphone brand. Verizon is followed by AT&T with 24%, T-Mobile with 13%, and Sprint with 8%. Among all these major US carriers, Apple’s iPhones dominate among their subscribers. Samsung is in a strong number-two position. Samsung’s share is three-fourths of Apple’s share with T-Mobile, one-half of Apple’s share on Verizon and Sprint, and one-third on AT&T.
As the deployment of 5G makes its shaky rollout across the US, handset makers and carriers alike will need to tread lightly and deliberately. Those emphasizing 5G connections for subscribers without ample supporting coverage will lead to disappointment. On the other hand, those not incorporating 5G into their handsets run the customers’ risk of churning to other brands or carriers.
Samsung’s recent (February 2020) release of S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra smartphones emphasized their cameras and ability to capture and share high-resolution images and videos. However, users without a higher-speed connection or an unlimited data plan are likely to have difficulty fully enjoying these capabilities. These phones include a MicroSD card slot, which will help address this issue to some degree.
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