Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, January 14, 2021
Are technology devices in the hands of all American adults equally? How deeply does the digital divide extend concerning ethnicity or Hispanic family of origin? I looked into these questions using the latest wave of TUP/Technology User Profile.
In TUP 2020 and many earlier waves, we asked American respondents which ethnic group they identify with – White/Caucasian, Black or African-American, Asian, and others. We also asked respondents if they were Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino. We combined the responses into five overall categories: White/non-Hispanic, Black/non-Hispanic, Asian/non-Hispanic, Hispanic, and Other/non-Hispanic.
Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts – January 7, 2021
Active tablet use by country and year
Tablets have been declining in widespread active use over the last five years. Among American online adults, the penetration rate for actively using a tablet has dropped from 60% in 2016 to 36% in 2020. Usage rates have similarly dropped among online adults in the UK and Germany.
While US and UK usage rates have been similar, tablet use in Germany has trailed.
Are mobile devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops more popular among younger than older users? Is there a favorite combination among Americans – such as being mobile with only a smartphone, or instead using all three mobile devices? This MetaFAQs reports on the combinations of mobile devices – smartphones, tablets, laptops/notebooks – in active use by online Americans, split by age group.
Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts – December 10, 2020
Wireless Bluetooth headsets get a booster
Wireless Bluetooth headsets have been in the news lately, widely promoted as a year-end gift accessory. As a category, they have been available for decades, so why the latest emphasis, and is there enough demand for them?
Market demand has gotten stronger during 2020 in large part due to changed playing and working conditions. With the pandemic and stay-at-home restrictions worldwide, many people are now nearby a distinct set of people than they might interact with at their workplace or school. While quarantines can be a bonding experience, there can be added pressure when the sounds we make or listen to impinge on others.
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.
Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, November 23, 2020
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Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, November 20, 2020
Managing one’s castle electronically continues to be the dream of many tech-savvy people, and is inching closer to wider acceptance. Remote control of home lighting, security, or temperature are done with PCs, smartphones, or tablets. This MetaFAQs reports on the penetration of remote home control by device type 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 15, 2020
Are households with more occupants more likely to have their connected devices sharing sounds, or are they less likely? Do large households have a higher or lower prevalence of listening activities, using their smartphones, PCs, or tablets for phone or video calls, watching TV or videos, or listening to music? This MetaFAQs details the percent of adults regularly engaged in listening activities by household size and country.