As 2014 is coming to an end, Google has published the top charts of the most popular search terms for the year. As you would imagine the top searches reflect what was, and is, going on in the world. The top general searches include Robin Williams, Ebola, and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. But what about Android devices, where do they come in the standings?
Google has categorized its charts into different groups. Smartphones come under “Consumer Electronics” and five of the top ten consumer electronic searches where for Android powered devices. The second most popular consumer electronic search term for 2014 was “Samsung Galaxy S5”, followed by “Nexus 6”, and “Moto G”. The other Android related searches are “Samsung Note 4” and “LG G 3”. The top search term for consumer electronics was “iPhone 6”. Other searches that appear in that category were “Xbox One”, “Apple Watch” and “iPad Air”.
Interestingly the ninth most popular consumer electronics search term was “Nokia X”, Nokia’s almost-Android powered smartphone. Its popularity reflects what could have been, if Nokia had actually released a real Android phone.
Comparing the interest over time for the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Nexus 6, and the Moto G, shows that the S5 captivated the Internet overall, especially around the time of its release, however the Moto G showed a steady level of interest all year round:
When compared to 2013, the pattern is the same for the top two spots. First was “iPhone 5s” and second was “Samsung Galaxy S4”. I guess for 2015 we can expect “iPhone 7” and “Samsung Galaxy S6”. The rest of the 2013 chart reflects the losers in 2014. In third place was the PS4, which doesn’t appear at all in the top 10 for 2014, neither does the HTC One, the Blackberry 10, or Nokia Lumia.
Looking specifically at the USA shows that the global trends are almost mirrored directly, except the USA top chart for tech gadgets also includes the Chromecast, the Moto 360, and the Surface Pro 3. While the iPad Air doesn’t feature in the top 10, and neither does the Moto G.
However, things in Europe are a little different. While the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5 still take the top spots in France, the Samsung Alpha also makes an appearance. In Estonia the “Sony Xperia M” took fourth place in the technology category, with the iPhone 6 taking the top spot again.
What Android devices did you search for in 2014? Please let us know in the comments below.