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Top 10 most Googled phones in the Philippines for 2017

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Before 2017 ends, let’s look back at what trended online this year. Google released its Year in Search and there are some interesting lists to read, including this one.

It’s been a year of borderless displays for us, but what about the actual searches of online users? In the Philippines, Google was able to list down the most searched phones, and they are:

10th — Nokia 3310

Claiming the tenth spot is the reincarnation of a Nokia classic. While we didn’t necessarily see the Nokia 3310 out in the streets back like when it was hugely popular, the new version surely captured the curiosity of people.

SEE ALSO: This is what using a Nokia 3310 in 2017 is like

9th — OPPO F3

Up next is OPPO’s phone with dual front cameras. Mainly marketed for selfies and group selfies, the OPPO F3 did pretty well online just like its siblings which are also on this list.

SEE ALSO: OPPO F3 review and selfie comparisons

8th — Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime

Samsung’s budget phone for the masses took the eighth place. With its modest specs and trusted household name, Filipinos got intrigued by what it offers.

SEE ALSO: 24 Hours in Singapore with the Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime

7th — Nokia 6

Nokia 6 was the first Android phone of Nokia at the helm of HMD Global. It first launched in China before making its way to the global market and satisfied the cravings of consumers for a true Android-powered phone from Nokia.

SEE ALSO: Nokia’s new 3310 and smartphones come to the Philippines

6th — Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro

With a youthful campaign and the talented Liza Soberano as its endorser, Samsung’s midrange phone did pique the interest of loyal fans. It also proved itself to be a popular successor to

the Galaxy J7 Prime.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro Review: Looks good, feels good

5th — OPPO F1s

OPPO F1s back

The OPPO F1s was launched back in 2016, but its popularity lasted long enough to make it one of the top searches for phones even in 2017. This phone is one of the early devices that brought the selfie game to the next level.

SEE ALSO: OPPO F1s review

4th — OPPO F5

The recently launched OPPO F5 (the successor of the F3 and F1s) with its AI selfie feature and near-borderless display beat its predecessors’ popularity on online searches.

SEE ALSO: OPPO F5 hands-on: A nearly borderless selfie phone

3rd — Huawei Nova 2i

Securing the third spot and the most searched among midrange phones is the Huawei Nova 2i. With its balanced specs-to-price ratio, the Nova 2i offers plenty against the competition.

SEE ALSO: Photography with the Huawei Nova 2i: Behind the scenes

2nd — Apple iPhone 8

Apple’s latest smartphones come as no surprise on the second to the top spot. The minor refreshes of last year’s iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus are only bested by…

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Review

1st — Apple iPhone X

Yes, the iPhone X. The OLED-touting premium phone from Apple is the most searched phone in the Philippines in 2017.  Even though the phone came late in the year, it managed to skyrocket to the top.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone X Review: Is it worth the hype?

Based on the top searches, you can see how Filipinos look for devices which are currently up on the market. For the budget-conscious, they go for trusted names; midrange is a choice of which near-borderless phone suits you; and for the premium segment, Apple is on the top of their minds.

SEE ALSO: 10 smartphones with huge batteries (2017 Edition)

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Huawei pledges $2 billion to secure cybersecurity of hardware

It starts in Britain for now

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Throughout the past few weeks, Sinophobia has reached an all-time high. Various countries have started banning Chinese telecommunications companies from taking over their technology market. Huawei and ZTE have faced tremendous adversity while expanding their 5G operations. Of note, the US, the UK, and Australia have stopped Huawei’s 5G plans before they could start.

It was only a matter of time before Huawei responds. Now, the company has finally promised to solve these crucial cybersecurity issues. In Britain, Huawei has met with government officials regarding their ban. Like the rest of the Western world, Britain criticized Huawei’s technology as potential backdoors for Chinese espionage.

Both parties have agreed to a compromise. To alleviate Britain’s fears, Huawei will pledge US$ 2 billion for cybersecurity. The company will then attempt to solve whatever Britain found in cybersecurity investigations.

While the United Kingdom is more forgiving, other countries are still very wary. After the initial lineup of banning countries, Japan has joined the conversation. The country is working to ban both Huawei and ZTE from 5G development as well. With that, Japan will be the first Asian country to ban both companies. Western fears are now invading the East.

At the other end of the world, Huawei is also facing another crisis. The company’s chief finance officer, Meng Wanzhou, was recently arrested for allegedly violating embargo regulations. According to Huawei, their retaliation plans in Britain were made before the arrest. Thus, the arrest is another separate battle that awaits the company after issues of cybersecurity.

Huawei is in a world of pain. Despite offering amazing products, the company can’t find any traction in hardware development. Geopolitical fears have and will continue to bog down the company throughout the rise of 5G networking.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 20 Pro: When beauty meets technology

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Crash Team Racing remaster announced for multiple consoles

Move over, Mario Kart. There’s a new racing game in town!

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Yes, you read that right! PlayStation’s lovable bandicoot returns to the race track for another hard-hitting, kart-smashing racing game! Announced earlier during The Game Awards 2018, Sony Interactive and Activision will release a remaster of Crash Team Racing (CTR) for major consoles next year.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled will feature the same elements and gameplay from the 1999 original, worked from the ground up. Beenox, the studio behind Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 spearheaded the HD remaster, retaining the core game modes the original CTR provided. The game will feature the main cast of Crash and Coco Bandicoot, Dr. Neo Cortex, Tiny Tiger, N. Gin, Dingodile, Polar, and Pura. Not only that, but the remastered CTR will also feature both offline and online play, something that deviates from the original.

The announcement came from a segment during The Game Awards 2018 in Los Angeles. A Crash Bandicoot mascot unveiled the trailer by presenting a crate that contained a trophy inside that you can find in the original CTR. This confirmed rumors from earlier this week.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled will come out on June 21, 2019 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Next year marks Crash Team Racing‘s 20th anniversary, and what a way to celebrate it through the remaster.

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Apple now sells 18W USB-C fast charger and clear iPhone XR case

More expensive than the ordinary, of course

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Apple has a couple of interesting new items available for iPhone owners out there.

After the month-long delay, the iPhone XR finally gets an official case. For the first time ever, Apple now offers a clear protective case. Instead of leather or silicone, you can protect your colorful iPhone XR with an optically clear polycarbonate and flexible TPU case.

It’ll be probably one of the most expensive TPU cases you’ll ever purchase for US$ 39. With its expensive price tag, hopefully, it won’t turn yellow over time like other cheap third-party clear cases.

18W USB-C Power Adapter | Image credit: Apple

Those who have been wanting a fast charger for their iPhones can finally get one without spending too much. The early solution wasn’t specifically designed for iPhones and it’s not cheap either.

Thankfully, Apple is now selling an 18W USB-C Power Adapter. Although, you’ll still have to purchase a USB-C to Lightning cable separately. The new iPhone fast charger is priced at US$ 29, while the USB-C cable is an additional US$ 19.

It’ll cost you US$ 48 to charge an iPhone faster, which should come out of the box like with flagship Android phones. Keep in mind that you should be using an iPhone 8 or later model.

The new 18W fast charger and clear case for the iPhone XR are now listed on Apple’s online store.

SEE ALSO: Apple gives away iPhone XR to everyone on The Ellen Show

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