After sharing the search habits of Indian users on Google in the year 2016, the search engine giant has now shared with us what smartphones got the Indians talking this year. Not surprisingly, Ringing Bells Freedom 251 made most noise among India, even with the entire Samsung Note 7 fiasco and the Apple iPhone 7 being launched. And why wouldn t it, out of nowhere this Indian company announced that it will be launching the “world s cheapest smartphone for Rs 251.” Then they started to take in registrations, promising to deliver the handsets by July, with eventually now there being new of the company shutting down entirely. From all the people who registered for the phone, nobody really received the device, but the entire air of uncertainty around the smartphone did kind of make it omnipresent. Also Read - Top tech news today: Pokemon Go Fest 2021, Qualcomm smartphone and moreAlso Read - Android 12 public beta rolling out now: How to install on your Google Pixel phone
Then of course, the iPhone 7 was the second most talked about smartphone among Indians. Apple has a huge market in India, with a recent surge of 50 percent being reported in iPhone sales in India. Our iPhone sales in India were up over 50 percent in fiscal 2016 compared to the prior year and we believe we re just beginning to scratch the surface of this large and growing market opportunity, Apple CEO Tim Cook had said during an earnings call. Also Read - Google I/O 2021 Event to bring Android 12: Compatible devices, expected release date, confirmed features
Xiaomi s Redmi Note 3 was the third-most searched smartphone in India. Since its launch, the Redmi Note 3 continues to be a huge hit among consumers and Xiaomi recently announced that it had sold about 23 lakh units of smartphone in just seven months. ALSO READ: Freedom 251-maker Ringing Bells reportedly shuts down
Launched earlier this year, Lenovo K4 Note has also made it in the top 5 most searched smartphones in India. Other than that there is Samsung Galaxy J7, Moto G4, OnePlus 3, Apple iPhone SE, Google Pixel and Lenovo K5 Note. Surprisingly, Google Pixel was quite low in the list.
While Google Pixel smartphones weren’t really high up on the most searched smartphones list, Google is said to have managed to capture 10 percent market share in India s premium smartphone segment. According to a Counterpoint research report, in just over 17 days, Google India shipped over 33,000 units of the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. This helped propel the company to the third position in the list of companies in the premium smartphone segment. Google with its 10 percent market share, follows Apple and Samsung that have a market share of 66 percent and 23 percent respectively.