Google's 'Year in Search' highlights solar eclipse, natural disasters, elections, and technology

One thing to keep in mind is that the statistics reflect the most searched terms on Google throughout the year so far.

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The revamped Nokia 3310, the sturdy Razer Phone, Oppo F5, OnePlus 5 and Nokia 6 round up the latter half of this year's top 10 most searched consumer devices.

Google's Year in Search offers a unique perspective on the year's biggest events, top trends reflecting the aspirations and thoughts of India's online millions.

October's ex-Hurricane Ophelia was the highest-trending topic of the year, an unsurprising result given its impact at the time on everyone in Ireland.

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On a lighter note, the Super Bowl placed fourth, the solar eclipse came in seventh, and fidget spinners, the handheld toy with a cult-like following said to relieve stress, ranked No. 10. And the most-searched how-to was how to make slime.

The second top search was for former "Today" show anchor Matt Lauer, who was sacked from NBC last month for a complaint about inappropriate sexual behavior.

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Other people on the top global list include Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Gal Gadot and Melania Trump. The top tech searches were iPhone 8, iPhone X, Nintendo Switch, Samsung Galaxy S8, and Xbox One X. You can see the rest of the popular searches at the link below.

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