For Google India, it was a surprising year altogether as the cricket-crazy nation moved to Rio Olympics, among other things, as the most searched item on Google in 2016.
Google is the go-to search option for a majority of the netizens in the country and below we’ve listed out the most searched trends in India, which are also an indication of what interests people in these digital times.
The results are based on trillions of searches made by Indian netizens in the year 2016.
In an unprecedented scenario, India searched for Olympic Rio 2016 the most, even more than cricket — which is a feat in itself for the changing tides of time for sports in India.
Euro 2016 also made it to the top 3 among the trends, given that IPL 2016 happened in the same year as these two events, it’s an achievement for the world of football — or shall I say, the users who’ve finally shifted their focus to other sports too.
Sultan, Kabali and Udta Punjab were the top three searched movies in 2016. Although MS Dhoni didn’t make it to the top 10 searched movies of the year, Disha Patani and Sushant Singh Rajput who starred in the movie are the top searched actors.
The year also saw India paying added attention to global affairs such as the US Election as Trump was named the most searched personality, US Elections and Brexit the second and third most searched news events after Rio Olympics.
Even phones like Freedom 251 made some bells ring — or is it Ringing Bells?
Among Indian news, the 7th Pay Commission, Surgical strike on terror camps and demonetisation made it into the top searched news events, and even though demonetisation is a recent trend, it was able to surpass it was able to surpass the Zika Virus and BRICS Summit to enter the list.
Read below for a complete list of top 10 trending searches, news events, people, movies, mobile devices and female and male actors on Google.