Tech News: Google PH reveals most searched smartphones, apps in 2017

Google PH’s Year in Search would not be complete without the list for the phones and apps categories. Though no smartphone or app made it to the Top 10 overall list of most search trending topics, no one can deny the fact that Filipino consumers and tech enthusiasts actually talked about most of the latest releases of tech brands this year.

While the iPhone X (read: iPhone ten) was announced by Apple in September along with iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, the company made the smartphone available to the public a month after the release of the two iPhone 8 models. But not surprisingly, global sales of iPhone X immediately exceeded sales of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in less than a month. iPhone X is the phone marking the 10th anniversary of iPhone in the market.

Meanwhile, OPPO F5 was the fourth most searched smartphone model in the Philippines this year. It was launched in November but has created much buzz, being the new flagship model of the brand. Upon its launch in the country, OPPO F5 has breached all sales records for smartphones in the country. Other OPPO smartphones in the Top 10 list are F1s and F3, which made waves earlier this year.

Lastly, the revived Nokia 3310 is not actually a smartphone as its features still very much qualify it to the feature phone category. However, its launch was much talked about this year as it has proven to be a novelty for Filipino techies.

Here is the list of the 10 most searched about smartphones in the Philippines, according to Google PH’s Year in Search:

  1. iPhone X
  2. iPhone 8
  3. Huawei Nova 2i
  4. OPPO F5
  5. OPPO F1s
  6. Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
  7. Nokia 6
  8. Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime
  9. OPPO F3
  10. Nokia 3310


In comparison, here are the Top 10 most searched consumer tech trending topics globally in 2017:

  1. iPhone 8
  2. iPhone X
  3. Nintendo Switch
  4. Samsung Galaxy S8
  5. Xbox One X
  6. Nokia 3310
  7. Razer Phone
  8. OPPO F5
  9. OnePlus 5
  10. Nokia 6

Meanwhile, remains on the top spot in the list of most searched apps in 2017. The gaming app also held the No. 1 spot in the same category in 2016. Here are the lists of Top 10 most searched apps in the Philippines in 2017 and in 2016 (for comparison).

2017 2016
2.   Messenger Pokemon Go
3.   Sarahah Google App
4.   Summertime Saga Clash of Clans
5.   ROBLOX Google Street View
6.   Playpark Google Translate
7. Animal Jam
8.   Mobile Legends Spotify
9.   Tic Tac Toe Messenger
10.                Trivago