The iPhone 6, the Nexus 6, and the Samsung Galaxy S5 – here’s what Canadians Googled in tech in 2014

The iPhone 6, the Nexus 6, and the Samsung Galaxy S5 – there’s a pattern here, and it’s not just that these are some of the most buzz-worthy smartphones on the market.

That in itself would be true. But aside from being among the most popular mobile devices, these were also the top three most-Googled tech topics in Canada in 2014, thanks to new data from Google Canada.

Every year, Google releases its list of the most-searched for topics of the year. 2014 was no exception, with the search giant unveiling lists of trends in tech, sports, celebrities, TV shows, movies, and so on. In the tech category, here were the top 10 tech-related things on Canadians’ search radar this year:

1. The iPhone 6

2. The Nexus 6

3. The Samsung Galaxy S5

4. Windows 10

5.  The Xbox One

6. The iPad Air 2

7. iOS 8

8. The Moto 360

9. The iWatch (or Apple Watch, though its true name was only revealed at Apple’s launch event in September)

10. The Nexus 9

As you might have guessed, all of these topics were pretty consumer-focused, given most users searching Google probably fall into that category rather than into B2B. Aside from being the top tech-related search, the iPhone 6 also managed to make it to number three on the top trending overall searches in Canada in 2014, making it the only tech-related search topic on that list.

But it was also worth noting that beyond being focused on mobile devices, Canadians also seemed pretty intrigued by wearable tech, namely smartwatches like the Moto 360 and the Apple Watch.

Aside from tech, Canadians also were also typing a lot of other things into their search bars. For example, out of the overall trending search topics this year, what topped the list was the death of Robin Williams, the World Cup and then the aforementioned iPhone 6.

Rounding out the list were other celebrities who died this year, including Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joan Rivers, as well as the spread of ebola,  which was one of the year’s biggest newest stories. However, living public figures also figured prominently in Canadians’ searches, like Jian Ghomeshi, the former CBC radio host who was fired after accusations of sexual assault, and Jennifer Lawrence, leading actress in the Hunger Games movies.

For the full list of worldwide trends, beyond what was being searched in Canada, head on over here.

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Candice is a graduate of Carleton University and has worked in several newsrooms as a freelance reporter and intern, including the Edmonton Journal, the Ottawa Citizen, the Globe and Mail, and the Windsor Star. Candice is a dog lover and a coffee drinker.

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