Pokemon Go Is Google's Top Trending Search Term of 2016
Meanwhile, Deadpool topped the movie chart.
As it does every year, Google has now released its "Year in Search" report for 2016, revealing the products, stories, and people that were searched the most around the world in the past year. Google ranks its list using the term "Trending." According to Time, in this context that means words and phrases that drove the most traffic over a sustained period of time this year compared to 2015.
Niantic's hugely popular mobile game, Pokemon Go, stands on the top of the chart for overall trending searches. Rounding out the top five were iPhone 7, Donald Trump, Prince, and Powerball. Another game cracked the Top 10 list, as the browser game Slither.io sits in the No. 10 spot.
Video games also show up in the Consumer Tech list, with the Nintendo Switch in the No. 9 position on that chart. Google doesn't appear to have released a video game-specific chart this year, but if that comes later, we'll report back with those details.
In terms of movies, the R-rated Ryan Reynolds movie Deadpool topped the trending search list, while Netflix's hit sci-fi show Stranger Things was No. 1 for TV shows.
Go to Google's Year in Search page to see more lists.
As part of our own year-end coverage, GameSpot is rounding up the best games and more of 2016. We'll start to reveal our Best Games list next week, but for now, check out the stories below.
- Biggest Game News Part 1
- Biggest Game News Part 2
- Most Read News and Feature of 2016
- Most Watched Videos of 2016
Gaming Report Cards
- Microsoft Xbox One Report Card
- Sony PlayStation 4 Report Card
- PC Gaming Report Card
- Nintendo Wii U Report Card
- Virtual Reality Report Card
- Best Wii U Games
- Best 3DS Games
- Best Mobile Games
- Best Expansions
- Best PC Games
- Best VR Games
- Best Reissued Games
- Best Xbox One Games
- Best PS4 Games (coming December 15)
- Special Achievement Awards (coming December 15)
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