Android tablets are strongest among younger adults even as iPads lead

Apple iPads dominate the market for tablets, with a higher penetration than Android tablets among online adults around the world. Among millennials and Gen Xers, however, Android tablets have their strongest foothold, especially in the US. Among online Germans, Android tablet users outnumber iPad users among millennials, Gen Xers, and Boomers, and the reverse is true among Gen Z adults.

This MetaFAQs reports on the number and percentage of online tablet users by operating system family, country, and age generation in the US, UK, Germany, Japan, and China. Report [TUP_doc_2023_1103_andp] in TUP Lenses: Tablets

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Lost phone? Tech solution finds niche and then plateaus.

Who hasn’t misplaced their phone or keys or wondered where their luggage was?

Using technology to help find items has reached a plateau. The percentage of online adults using a wireless item tracker such as Tile or Apple’s AirTag has remained flat between 2021 and 2023. Overall global active usage has subsided from one in six to one in eight online adults. Active penetration rates have dropped among groups such as Gen Z adults in the US, UK, Germany, and China.
This may have seemed like yet another device to help attract users into adopting or staying with technology ecosystems. It’s too early to see if it’s making a difference. The market penetration is too small.

This MetaFAQs reports on the percentage of online adults in the US, UK, Germany, Japan, and China who actively use a wireless item tracker such as from Tile or Apple’s AirTag. Report [TUP_doc_2023_1025_tile] in TUP Lenses: Consumer Electronics; Technology Ecosystems

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iPads gaining momentum among Germans – iPhones next?

The German saying, “Gib jemandem den kleinen Finger, so nimmt er die ganze Hand,” offers a lens into market dynamics. The phrase refers to small changes potentially growing into larger ones. In Germany’s smartphone landscape, change is on the horizon. Historically dominated by Google’s Android, Apple is gradually capturing market attention. This momentum is evident as iPads become increasingly popular among German users, especially among Gen Z adults.

The rising preference for iPads suggests that many German adults might consider iPhones appealing alternatives. This trend also reflects a broader shift in German tech inclinations. As they acquaint themselves with Apple’s ecosystem via the iPad, there’s potential for deeper interest in Apple’s extensive product suite – from iPhones to Macs, Apple TV, iCloud, AirTags, and beyond.

For professionals in tech marketing, research, analysis, and insights, it’s a pivotal period. The evolving terrain offers a rich opportunity to recalibrate strategies per emerging consumer patterns. Tapping into this shift can pave the way for informed decisions and market strategies.

The TUP data reports on the penetration of iPad users, segmented by country and generations.

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Gaming trends and user profile

Online adults are deeply engaged in various forms of entertainment, particularly gaming. Over half of American adults use their connected devices for playing games, watching videos, and listening to music, like online adults worldwide. Despite temporary disruption due to the pandemic, the game-playing rate bounced back and grew gradually, indicating its popularity as a staple pastime. This is based on our TUP/Technology User Profile 2022 survey of 13,641 online adults across the US, Germany, UK, Japan, and China, as well as similarly-sized waves from 2019.

Nevertheless, the usage of specialized gaming equipment like game consoles, gaming PCs, or VR headsets has remained limited. Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft’s Xbox remain the global market leaders in consoles, each resonating with specific demographic groups and geographical locations. Gaming activities are part of the regular life of most online adults and span all age groups, with younger generations showing a particularly high adoption rate of newer technologies.

Despite a strong focus on gaming, more online adults use their devices for other entertainment activities like watching videos or streaming music. The global demand for gaming, whether casual or immersive, remains substantial, offering growth opportunities. With Apple recently entering the VR/AR/MR headset market, the industry is primed for potential expansion beyond its niche focus. Manufacturers may need to reconsider their current gaming-focused strategies to seize emerging opportunities effectively and broaden their market reach.

This TUPdate looks into the trend around game-playing with connected devices (smartphones, computers, tablets, game consoles), and the use of specialized game equipment (gaming PCs, game consoles). It profiles game-players by their age generation groups, household composition, and presence of children.

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