Highlights: Consumer Electronics

Hearables are having a tumultuous time during the pandemic, and users adapt to shifting situations. Webcams are a significant force, as are wireless Bluetooth headsets, both pivotal for users working or schooling from home. Meanwhile, voice-enabled speakers have reached a plateau, reaching their largest share among neither the youngest nor oldest adults. Smartwatches have made inroads across nearly all age groups, especially younger employed adults.
This TUP Highlights report includes the following sections: purchase plans for wearables, hearables penetration, wearables penetration, trends in consumer electronics, the profile of hearables users, the profile of wearables users, the profile of key consumer electronics users, and device activities compared to consumer electronics.

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Profile of Americans writing/managing text/notes/documents

Text messaging, emailing, and using platforms like Slack and Teams have grown as a substitute for preparing finished documents. Almost half of online Americans regularly use their connected devices to write and manage documents. This MetaFAQs profiles these writers by several critical demographic and behavioral factors distinctive from the average American online adult: age group and age within gender, employment status, number of PCs used, employer-provided PC, and mix of technology ecosystems.

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Platforms for employees using professional creative software for work purposes

Employees have a wide range of devices they regularly use for many work-related activities. Professional creative software is often the most demanding. However, the response to the pandemic has led to many employees working from home and using different devices than they typically use.

This MetaFAQs reports on the number of US, Germany, UK, and Japanese employees who regularly use professional creative software. It details how many use it on their primary computer, home computer, work computer, smartphone, or tablet.

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Home printer activities by home printing segment

Home printers are a regular part of life for three-quarters of online adults in the US, UK, Germany, and Japan. This MetaFAQs uses home printer activities to segment home printer users into five groups, from those focused on home economics or sharing with others to others working from home. Further, it details the size of each segment for each country surveyed.

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Devices used for work email

Work-related email continues to be part of most employees’ lives, on top of their other communication tools such as Zoom, Slack, or Teams. This MetaFAQs reports on the number of employees regularly using their connected devices for work email, detailing each device type used – smartphone, home PC, work PC, or tablet – by the size of their employer: <20 employees, 20-499 employees, or 500+ employees.

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Devices used for work group chats

Work-related group chats/discussions such as with Slack or Microsoft Teams have grown to become part of many employees’ lives. Nearly half of American and one-third of Japanese employees use one of these collaborative communication platforms. This MetaFAQs reports on the number of employees regularly using their connected devices for work-related group chats/discussions, detailing each device type used – smartphone, home PC, work PC, or tablet – by the size of their employer: <20 employees, 20-499 employees, or 500+ employees.

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Printing activities by work from home status

Printers are a regular part of the lives of online adults. How people use their printers varies by their employment status, particularly if they work from home. This MetaFAQs details the printing activities among online adults in the US, UK, Germany, and Japan, based on whether they work from home, are not working from home, or not working outside the home.

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Devices used for work phone calls

Employees have more ways than ever before to communicate with each other and with customers – email, text, and platforms like Zoom, Slack, and Microsoft Teams. However, work-related voice phone calls remain a solid staple among the majority of employees. Nearly 60% of American and almost half of Japanese employees regularly use one of their connected devices to make or receive work-related phone calls. This MetaFAQs reports on the number of employees regularly using their connected devices for work-related phone calls, detailing each device type used – smartphone, home PC, work PC, or tablet – by the size of their employer: <20 employees, 20-499 employees, or 500+ employees.

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Devices used for work video meetings

Work-related video conferences had been growing in use even before the pandemic. Platforms such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Webex solidified their prominence, even while employees have many other ways to communicate – email, text, and collaboration platforms like Slack and Microsoft Teams. Nearly between 33% and 43% of employees in the US, UK, Germany, and Japan regularly use one of their connected devices to participate in work-related video group meetings. This MetaFAQs reports on the number of employees regularly using their connected devices for work-related video group meetings, detailing each device type used – smartphone, home PC, work PC, or tablet – by the size of their employer: <20 employees, 20-499 employees, or 500+ employees.

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Devices used for work video calls

Work-related video calls had been growing in use even before the pandemic. Platforms such as Apple Facetime, and video calling services within Microsoft Teams and Zoom helped them come into regular use, even while employees have many other ways to communicate – email, text, and collaboration platforms like Slack and Microsoft Teams. Nearly between 30% and 46% of employees in the US, UK, Germany, and Japan regularly use one of their connected devices to make or receive work-related video calls. This MetaFAQs reports on the number of employees regularly using their connected devices for work-related video calls, detailing each device type used – smartphone, home PC, work PC, or tablet – by the size of their employer – <20 employees, 20-499 employees, or 500+ employees.

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