Freedom 251 seconds iPhone 7 in Google’s top tech searches in 2016


Google has released its yearly report on popular search queries made in 2016. The search keywords are divided into categories such as Global News, People, Consumer Tech, Movies, Musicians, TV Shows and Sporting Events.

Not surprisingly, the list was led by popular gaming app Pokemon Go, followed by iPhone 7 and Donald Trump. Interestingly, the Consumer Tech section had Freedom 251 right below iPhone 7.

For those who haven’t heard of the name, it is a budget smartphone released in India dubbed as the “world’s cheapest” with a price of Rs 251 ($4). Sixty million people had registered to get their hands on one when it was announced.

However, the Delhi-based makers withdrew the product and refunded the payments to customers following an investigation by government agencies. The 4-inch phone was powered by 1.3GHz quad-core and came with 1GB RAM and 3.2MP primary camera.

Other top searches under Consumer Tech included iPhone SE, iPhone 6S, Google Pixel, Galaxy S7, iPhone 7 Plus, Note 7, Nintendo Switch and Samsung J7.

Of course, every year we have Apple and Samsung products on the list. But in 2016 Google’s own Pixel has featured under the top five. The Pixel phone is one of the best handsets in the market in recent memory, beating rivals like the S7 in its specs and features.

The Pixel, along with the Pixel XL, is one of the two phones to come with the Android 7.1 Nougat software. Google Pixel features a 5-inch screen, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB RAM and 2770 mAh non removable battery.

You can browse the complete list of Google’s search report for 2016 here. You can also filter the results by region.


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