Top 10 most Googled phones in the Philippines for 2017



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.

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Samsung’s next phones could have an under-screen camera

No bezels, too!



As 2018 rolls to a close, the hunt for a truly bezel-less phone continues. Across the industry, companies have invented waterdrop notches, pop-up sensors, and holed screens. However, for all their glitter and glamour, all these inventions have barely grazed the concept of a truly bezel-less screen.

Now, Samsung is inching closer and closer to the next step of screen technology. Based on a presentation from China, the company has detailed its plans for next year’s smartphones. Particularly, they are launching an all-out war against notches and buttons.

From renowned Samsung source Ice Universe, Samsung will integrate everything into the screen. Previously, the company hinted this integration through rumors of an under-screen fingerprint sensor. However, this goes beyond that.

Aside from a fingerprint sensor, Samsung’s new screen will (shockingly) integrate sensors inside the panel. In other words, Samsung’s next front-facing camera will settle in under the screen! Beaming with confidence, Samsung has made the boldest claim: Next year’s phones won’t have a visible selfie camera at all.

Additionally, Samsung makes another bold move: Sound on Display. As is standard for every phone today, the front-facing sensors usually pair with the phone’s speakers. According to Samsung, that pairing will become a thing of the past. Strangely, Samsung’s new phones will emit sound straight from the screen.

Unfortunately, Samsung has not detailed how exactly this works. However, the company’s presentation confirms the claims, at least. We can expect these developments in the near future.

Currently, Samsung’s lineup consists of the Galaxy S10 series early next year. So far, swirling rumors haven’t pointed towards this interesting new form factor. If anything, Samsung will also out the Galaxy Note 9’s successor and a foldable smartphone. The planned developments can come with any of these. Regardless of the uncertainty, Samsung’s blueprints are the closest we’ve gotten to a truly bezel-less phones.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) has insane quadruple rear cameras

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OnePlus 6T launch set a day earlier because of Apple

Now on October 29



“What do we do now?”

That was the question OnePlus CEO and founder Pete Lau asked himself and his team after finding out that Apple set their next major event on the same date as the OnePlus 6T launch.

What OnePlus originally thought would be the best, most timely date to unveil their upcoming flagship after all the launches we’ve seen this month, turned out being the worst.

“Our goal is to make sure it gets the time and attention it deserves,” Lau said in a blog post on the company’s official forum. “[Feedback] showed us that if we chose to stick to our original timeline, launching the OnePlus 6T on October 30, we would be overshadowed by Apple.”

With that, the OnePlus 6T’s launch date has been moved to October 29 — still in New York at 11am EDT.

OnePlus says that this decision was made after lots of deliberation between themselves and input from fans. Lau added: “We have only just begun our journey and cannot afford to let one of the most important products in our history be affected by another great product launch.”

For those who bought a ticket but can’t attend the event anymore, they’ll get a full refund. Anyone who has to make changes to their travel and accommodation arrangements will be assisted by OnePlus; added costs will be covered individually.

For everyone else who’ll be watching the live stream from home, it simply means we’ll get to see OnePlus’ next flagship smartphone a day sooner.

The OnePlus 6T is expected to be similar in a lot of ways to the OnePlus 6 launched six months ago, except it’ll come with a smaller notch and in-display fingerprint scanner — at the expense of the audio port, however.

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Sony confirms Android Pie rollout schedule

Updates coming in October to March



Months after launch, the coveted Android Pie is still the rarest operating system out in the wild. With Android’s notoriety, the new operating system’s incredibly low distribution rates don’t come as a surprise. Currently, only the top smartphones have tasted a piece of Pie. Even then, new adopters are only slowly trickling in.

Surprisingly, Sony has accelerated their upgrade schedules, leaving other brands trailing in the dust. Already, the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are receiving Android Pie updates. Meanwhile, the new XZ3 comes with the operating system fresh out of the box.

Today, the company has announced further updates to the old schedule. Within the next few weeks, Sony’s older models will receive the new update. Starting October 26, Android Pie will roll out to the XZ Premium, the XZ1, and the XZ1 Compact. Meanwhile, the XZ2 Premium can enjoy the new operating system starting November 7.

Additionally, the XA2, the XA2 Ultra, and the XA2 Plus will get Android Pie on March 4.

Notably, the announced phones are older than Android Pie’s current lineup. This is the most concrete schedule that Android has enjoyed. While other brands have promised future updates, not many have fulfilled their end of the bargain.

That said, expect the same dismal adoption rates in the future. Even now, the preceding Android Oreo still hasn’t taken over a sizable share of the smartphone market. While Sony’s announcement is a step up, can we expect other brands to step up as well?

SEE ALSO: Sony unveils Xperia XZ3 with best-possible specs and features

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