POWERBALL, PRINCE ARE TOP SEARCHES
Pokemon Go, the iPhone7 and Donald Trump are among Google’s top trending searches globally of 2016. But, in the U.S., no subject ranked higher than Powerball.
The multistate lottery’s record $1.6 billion prize in January and $429 million payout in June had ticket holders Googling winning numbers and gave Powerball the No. 1 spot on Google’s top 10 list in the U.S. this year.
Prince’s death in April made him the second-highest-trending topic in the U.S. and top-trending globally on the list of celebrities who died in 2016.
The wild popularity of Pokemon Go made it the top-searched trending topic around the world. And people also wanted hints on how to play.
In other categories, Hillary Clinton again finished runner-up to Trump on the list of top-searched people globally and in the U.S. The presidential election also prompted one of Google’s trending “how to” searches of the year in the U.S.: “How to move to Canada” was ranked No. 5.
After Pokemon Go, the top 10 trending searches globally were iPhone7, Trump, Prince, Powerball, David Bowie, Deadpool, Olympics, Slither.io and Suicide Squad.
In the U.S., after Powerball and Prince, the top trending searches were Hurricane Matthew, Pokeman.Go, Slither.io, Olympics, David Bowie, Trump, the election, and Clinton.
A fan maneuvers his smartphone as he plays Pokemon Go in Hong Kong. Pokemon Go is among Google’s most-trending searches of 2016.