Google has released the list of top searches for the year 2016. The global trending search for the year was topped by Pokemon GO, the augmented reality mobile game that went viral followed by the iPhone 7. Here is the list of the top 10 smartphones of 2016:
1. Apple iPhone 7: Apple’s latest and greatest was unveiled in October, but has managed to be the top searched smartphone of the year. This was thanks to all the rumours and leaks leading up to the launch, with Google search trend peaking near the end of September and beginning of October.
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus brought with them minimum changes in design as compared to the iPhones of 2015. Apple’s latest Quad-Core A10 Fusion processor powers both devices, which also feature haptic feedback home buttons – replacing the physical home button. The biggest change in the lineup is the addition of a dual-rear camera setup for the iPhone 7 Plus.
The new Apple flagship phones saw the exit of the 3.5mm headphone jack and introduction of two new colour variants – Jet Black and Matte Black. Apple also introduced three new storage variants for the phones – 32GB, 128GB and 256GB.
2. Freedom 251: The second most searched phone on Google was the Ringing Bells Freedom 251, and for obvious reasons. An unknown tech company out of Noida (Ringing Bells) announced the cheapest smartphone in the world in February.
The price was just Rs 251, which explains why Freedom 251 received tremendous popularity not just in India, but all across the world. Ringing Bells planned to sell five million units of the phones by June 2016. The company has since disappeared from the limelight after claiming to have shipped 50,000 units a few months ago. The company today sent out a press statement saying that they haven’t shut down and plans to deliver more Freedom 251 smartphones soon.
3. iPhone SE: Breaking its own set launch cycle, Apple had launched the iPhone SE in March 2016 as a fresh hardware version of the popular 4-inch iPhone 5/5S design. The phone features an advanced A9 chip with 64-bit architecture as fitted on the iPhone 6S/6S Plus and comes with an improved 12MP primary camera. The phone was launched in India at Rs 39,000 in April.
4. iPhone 6S: As an example of the popularity of Apple, the company’s last years flagship, the iPhone 6S managed to consistently remained the top searched smartphone in 2016. The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus were launched in September last year and feature 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays respectively. Both phones are powered by Apple’s A9 chip and come with 2GB RAM and 16/32/128GB of storage options. The phones feature a single 12MP rear camera and a 5MP front shooter.
5. Google Pixel: Google is trying to change the flagship smartphone game with the introduction of its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones that were launched in October. The Pixel devices replace the previous Nexus range and carry the Google logo. The phones were launched in India on October 25 starting at Rs 57,000 for the 32GB Google Pixel.
Both phone are powered by the same Quad-core Snapdragon 821 processor, and feature 4GB RAM. Google Pixel comes with a 5-inch AMOLED display, while the Pixel XL features a 5.5-inch AMOLED display. Both phones sport the same 12.3MP rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture, and an 8MP front camera.
6. Samsung Galaxy S7: Samsung’s flagship S7 smartphone was launched in India in March this year at Rs 48,900, with the larger S7 Edge priced at Rs 56,900. Both the devices feature ‘Always-On Displays’ and come with IP68 water and dust resistance. Considering that Samsung’s second flagship phone of 2016, the Galaxy Note 7 ended up in a fiery grave, the S7 and S7 Edge remain the top offering from the South Korean giant until the arrival of the Galaxy S8 in February next year.
7. iPhone 7 Plus: The larger of the two new iPhones was also launched on September 7 at Apple’s event. The 5.5-inch smartphone carries on the legacy of the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 S Plus, but features a dual 12MP primary camera setup with one wide-angle lens and one telephoto lens. The dual-rear setup allows the phone to take ‘bokeh’ effect shots with depth of field, and allows 2X optical zoom. The price of the phone starts at Rs 72,000 for the 32GB version and goes upto Rs 92,000 for the 256GB version.
8. Samsung Galaxy Note 7: The Note 7 is the most controversial phone of 2016, which was extremely promising when first launched, but was recalled twice and then cancelled because of its tendency to catch on fire or explode. Galaxy Note 7 managed to make regular headlines between September and October for all the wrong reasons. The death of the Note 7 programme has costed the South Korean giant billions of dollars in damages. The phone has been globally recalled and all the remaining phones will stop charging as Samsung pushes out a latest update to kill them.
9. Samsung Galaxy J7: Last but not the least, Galaxy J7 was the number nine most searched smartphone in 2016. The phone was launched in April, and features a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display. It is powered by an Octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor/ Exynos 7870 processor.
Galaxy J7 comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage. The phone features a 13MP rear camera along with a 5MP front shooter.