Headsets – our sound islands [TUPdate]

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.

Listening widespread, although differs by device type

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or perhaps the ear. The music some may consider beautiful may seem like noise to others. Similarly, the phone call we may think thoughtful may sound to others like distracting chatter.

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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, as well as splitting out whether in-ear or over-the-ear designs are used more than the other.

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Younger adults search for health info with smartphones more than with PCs [MetaFAQs]

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

During 2020, it may come as no surprise that searching online for health information would be a regular activity for online adults. Do more users turn to their PCs or smartphones when they’re searching for health information? Is there a difference between younger and older adults? This MetaFAQs looks at health information searching using PCs and smartphones and compares the rates by age generation group among online adults in the US, Germany, UK, Japan, China, and India.

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Smartphone activities by watch OS [TUPdate]

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 user’s behaviors are different between iPhones and Android smartphones. Drilling into the MetaFacts TUP/Technology User Profile 2020 results, showed there is not only a gap between OS but also between countries.

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