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Keep track of your favorite places and share them with friends


Is your bucket list etched in your memory, or scribbled on a dozen post-it notes scattered around your home? Have you ever promised out-of-town guests an email full of your favorite spots, only to never get around to clicking send? Starting today, you can create lists of places, share your lists with others, and follow the lists your friends and family share with you—without ever leaving the Google Maps app (Android, iOS).

Getting started is easy. Simply open the Google Maps app and find that ‘Chaat’ spot you’ve been wanting to try. Tapping on the place name and then the “Save” icon adds the place to one of several pre-set lists like “Want to Go” or “Favorites.” You can also add the restaurant to a new list that you name yourself, like “Mouth Watering Chaat.” To recall the lists you’ve created, go to Your Places (in the side menu) and then open the saved tab. Icons for the places you’ve saved to lists will appear on the map itself, so you’ll always know whether one of your must-try Chaat spots is nearby.


Because sharing is caring, we made it easy to share lists like “Best Views in Mumbai or Best restaurants in Bangalore or ten must street food places in Delhi” via text, email, social networks and popular messaging apps. Whenever friends and family come to town, tap the share button to get a link and start flexing your local knowledge muscles. Once you send a link to your out-of-towners, they can tap “Follow” to pull up the list from Your Places whenever they need it. Here’s how it all works in real life:


The lists you follow are with you wherever you take Google Maps and are viewable on mobile and desktop—and even offline. Next time you're on a trip, download offline maps of the area in advance and you'll be able to see all the places you’ve added to lists on the map itself.

With the millions of landmarks, businesses and other points of interest in Google Maps, there’s no shortage of places to try. Now that we’ve got the world mapped, it’s your turn to map your world with Lists—from local hotspots to bucket list destinations worlds away.

Posted by Sanket Gupta, Program Manager, Google Maps

Experience virtual reality on the web with Chrome

Virtual reality (VR) lets you tour the Turkish palace featured in “Die Another Day,” learn about life in a Syrian refugee camp firsthand, and walk through your dream home right from your living room. With the latest version of Chrome, we’re bringing VR to the web—making it as easy to step inside Air Force One as it is to access your favorite webpage.
For a fully immersive experience, use Chrome with your Daydream-ready phone and Daydream View—just browse to a VR experience you want to view, choose to enter VR, and put the phone in your Daydream View headset. If you don’t have a headset you can view VR content on any phone or desktop computer and interact using your finger or mouse.
You can already try out some great VR-enabled sites, with more coming soon. For example, explore the intersection of humans, nature and technology in the interactive documentary Bear 71. Questioning how we see the world through the lens of technology, this story blurs the lines between the wild world and the wired one.


Tour Matterport’s library of 300,000+ celebrity homes, museums, canyons, iconic architecture and other real places.

Watch more than two dozen award-winning VR films with Within—from gripping tales set in worlds of pure imagination to documentaries taking you further inside the news than ever before.

 Discover​ more than a million stunning 3D scenes in VR with Sketchfab, from your favorite anime and video game characters to famous works of art. Join the community and contribute your own creations, or just enjoy and share your favorites.
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Experiment and play in the WebVR Lab from PlayCanvas. Try teleporting around the space or playing a record with your Daydream controller.


We want to bring VR to everyone on any device, and in the coming months we’ll add support for more headsets, including Google Cardboard. Try out these VR-enabled sites to be one of the first to experience the magic of VR on the web.

Posted by, Megan Lindsay, Product Manager and collector of VR headsets, Chrome

Introducing Google Developers India: A local Youtube Channel for India’s mobile development revolution

Today, we're launching the Google Developers India channel: a brand new Youtube channel tailored for Indian Developers. The channel will include original content like interviews with local experts, developer spotlights, technical tutorials and even complete Android courses that will help you be a successful developer.


Why India?


By 2018, India will have the largest developer base in the world with over  4 million developers. Our initiative to train 2 million Indian developers, along with the tremendous popularity of mobile development in the country and the desire to build better mobile apps, will be best catered by an India-specific developers channel featuring Indian developers, influencers, and experts.

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Here is a taste of what’s to come in 2017:


  • Tech Interviews: Advice from India’s top developers, influencers and tech experts.
  • Developer Stories: Inspirational stories of Indian developers.
  • DevShow India: A weekly show that will keep new and seasoned developers updated on all the news, trainings, and API’s from Google.
  • Skilled to Scaled: A real life developer journey that takes us from the germination of an idea for an app, all the way to monetizing it on Google Play.
So what’s next?


The channel is live now. Click here to check it out.

Posted By, Peter Lubbers, Senior Program Manager

Mobile Live Streaming + Super Chat = Live (Streaming) the Dream

A huge focus for us here at YouTube is to find new ways to let creators and viewers interact with each other and the videos they watch. And that's why we’ve supported live streaming since, well, before Beyoncé even had a baby – way back in 2011! And in 2016, we witnessed the most-viewed political live streams of all time – the 2016 U.S. presidential debates – and we launched the world’s first 360-degree live streaming support with full 4k video, at scale and for free.

So what’s next? The roll out of our new mobile live streaming feature to every creator with more than 10,000 subscribers (the rest of you will have it soon!). It’s a launch that’ll put the power of live streaming in the hands of hundreds of thousands of talented creators, giving them a more intimate and spontaneous way to share their thoughts, lives, and creativity.


Mobile live streaming has been built directly into the YouTube mobile app. All you have to do to start streaming is open YouTube, hit the capture button, and you’re live! Streamed videos will have all the same features as regular YouTube videos. They can be searched for, found via recommendations or playlists, and protected from unauthorized use. Our mobile live streaming uses YouTube’s rock-solid infrastructure, meaning it’ll be fast and reliable, just the YouTube you know and love. And we’ve been working hand-in-hand with hundreds of creators to refine the mobile streaming experience while they stream from a boat or take live calls from their fans. Based on their feedback, we did things like slowing down live chat (it turns out receiving 2,000 messages per second is a little too fast!) and pushing for better streaming quality across devices.

Show me the money

To help creators earn revenue from live streaming, we’re also excited to launch Super Chat, a new live stream monetization tool available to creators in more than 20 countries (and viewers in more than 40 countries). Super Chat is like paying for that front-row seat in the digital age: it lets any fan watching a live stream stand out from the crowd and get a creator’s attention by purchasing chat messages that are highlighted in bright colors and stay pinned to the top of the chat window for up to five hours. Super Chat gives viewers a chance to add a little visual flair to their chats and gives creators a new way to keep connected to their fans while earning a little money on the side, let’s say for example, while shopping at Target or playing video games :)

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Stream you soon. :-)

Posted by Product Managers Barbara Macdonald, recently streamed a horror game, and Kurt Wilms, recently watched "Bored at Target"

Web Rangers: Meet the young ambassadors of Safe Surfing

Every year, we celebrate Safer Internet Day, to raise awareness around online safety and promote safe and positive use of digital technologies among users. This year, in India, we are dedicating the ‘Safer Internet Day’ to the efforts of thousand of young kids from across the country who with their creative submissions - involving lots of effort and many amazing ideas - helped us spread the message of internet safety and good digital citizenship.


Three months ago, we invited teenagers to join the select club of Web Rangers- guardians of the Internet galaxy chosen from across the globe. Since then, we’ve held workshops in multiple cities across the country where teens learned about safer and smarter Internet use, and how to spread the word creatively on the Internet. The Web Rangers contest is a platform to enable these young adults to become good digital citizens and empower their friends and families to have a safer and meaningful digital experience.


Today, we are felicitating winners of the second edition of the Web Rangers contest. This year, we had submissions from thousands of students from over 500 schools, including government schools, across  40 cities.


To provide kids across age-groups an equal opportunity to present their creative ideas, this year's competition saw submissions in three different categories of a campaign, a project and poster making. Winners in each of these categories stand to win Chromebooks and tablets.


The five fabulous winners this year are:


Web Ranger #1 Ashutosh Sahni


Spreading awareness and making people realize how unsafe they actually are in this Cyber world, he conceptualized and successfully executed an interesting mix of social and offline campaign,  ‘DIGITERATE’ involving outreach on social media platforms, quizzes, slogans, daily tips, videos, sessions around Internet safety and even road rallies to spread the message.


Web Ranger #2 - Krishna Pandit


Krishna is committed to build “A Smarter Internet World” and for the purpose he has created an Android app,  “NETORIANS”,  to better connect and help users spread the word about internet safety. The App features, voice integration alongwith options like ‘Tutorians” and “Reportians” to share information and report any cyber safety related issues. In addition, “Transian”, “Passwordian” and “‘Savian” features on the app will help users translate content, generate passwords, and also keep their existing passwords safe.






Web Rangers #3 Arnav Nagpal


Internet is not what we think it is and what we see! And Do you click on websites prompts without carefully looking at it- Think Again. Here’s one of our Web Rangers Arnav beautifully explaining the two sides of the internet - Our side (Users) and Their side (Creators) and how you can avoid any outside threats from malicious content, prompts, hackers and viruses.




Web Ranger #4 Nitika Garuda


Inspiring young internet users to stand up against the rising threats on the internet, is a creative depiction by Nikita themed “Raise a hand against Cybercrime”




Web Rangers #5 Sarthak Gupta
Do you think a ‘short and simple’ password is safe enough? Think again. Sarthak Gupta with his colorful submission teaches us the basic tips to be safe on the internet by having strong passwords, active firewall and avoiding clicks on untrusted websites or links.





Additionally, in India, where several new users are coming online everyday, we have been working on multiple initiatives to raise awareness about internet safety.  


In the last one year, we have conducted a national train-the-trainer program for consumer activists from 20+ states in New Delhi in collaboration with consumer voice. Over 1000 trainers from 24 states comprising of consumer activists, lawyers, students and IT professionals were trained on the basics of internet safety. Most recently we created an internet safety curriculum that will be integrated in the formal school curriculum in Goa. So far we have trained 460 teachers across the state and 80,000+ students will be  trained on internet safety each year.


We will continue to work on ways to give users a safe and trusted online experience. But there's also a lot that you can do to protect yourself. Today, on Safer Internet Day, take a quick Security Checkup, an easy way to review and manage your Google Account’s security settings and keep your Google Account even more secure by visiting privacy.google.com.


A big thanks to all the finalists for sharing their creativity with us.  And huge congratulations to our winners. These brand ambassadors of “safer internet” teach us something new every day.  


Posted by Sunita Mohanty, Director, Trust and Safety

How we fought bad ads, sites and scammers in 2016

A free and open web is a vital resource for people and businesses around the world. And ads play a key role in ensuring you have access to accurate, quality information online. But bad ads can ruin the online experience for everyone. They promote illegal products and unrealistic offers. They can trick people into sharing personal information and infect devices with harmful software. Ultimately, bad ads pose a threat to users, Google’s partners, and the sustainability of the open web itself.

We have a strict set of policies that govern the types of ads we do and don’t allow on Google in order to protect people from misleading, inappropriate, or harmful ads. And we have a team of engineers, policy experts, product managers and others who are waging a daily fight against bad actors. Over the years, this commitment has made the web a better place for you—and a worse place for those who seek to abuse advertising systems for their own gain.

In 2016, we took down 1.7 billion ads that violated our advertising policies, more than double the amount of bad ads we took down in 2015. If you spent one second taking down each of those bad ads, it’d take you more than 50 years to finish. But our technology is built to work much faster.

Last year, we did two key things to take down more bad ads. First, we expanded our policies to better protect users from misleading and predatory offers. For example, in July we introduced a policy to ban ads for payday loans, which often result in unaffordable payments and high default rates for users. In the six months since launching this policy, we disabled more than 5 million payday loan ads. Second, we beefed up our technology so we can spot and disable bad ads even faster. For example, “trick to click" ads often appear as system warnings to deceive users into clicking on them, not realizing they are often downloading harmful software or malware. In 2016, our systems detected and disabled a total of 112 million ads for “trick to click,” 6X more than in 2015.

Here are a few more examples of bad ads we took action against in 2016:

Ads for illegal products
Some of the most common bad ads we find online are ads promoting illegal activities or products. Although we've long had a policy against bad ads for pharmaceuticals, last year our systems detected an increase online. We disabled more than 68 million bad ads for healthcare violations, up from 12.5 million in 2015.

Similarly, we saw more attempts to advertise gambling-related promotions without proper authorization from regulators in the countries they operate. We took down more than 17 million bad ads for illegal gambling violations in 2016.

Misleading ads
We don't want you to feel misled by ads that we deliver, so we require our advertisers to provide upfront information for people make informed decisions. Some ads try to drive clicks and views by intentionally misleading people with false information like asking, “Are you at risk for this rare, skin-eating disease?” or offering miracle cures like a pill that will help you lose 50 pounds in three days without lifting a finger. In 2016, we took down nearly 80 million bad ads for deceiving, misleading and shocking users.

Bad ads on mobile
If you’ve ever been on your phone and suddenly, without warning, ended up in the app store downloading an app you’ve never heard of, a “self-clicking ad” could be to blame. In 2015, we disabled only a few thousand of these bad ads, but in 2016, our systems detected and disabled more than 23,000 self-clicking ads on our platforms, a huge increase year over year.

Ads trying to game the system
Bad actors know that ads for certain products—like weight-loss supplements or payday loans—aren’t allowed by Google's policies, so they try to trick our systems into letting them through. Last year, we took down almost 7 million bad ads for intentionally attempting to trick our detection systems.

In 2016, we saw the rise of tabloid cloakers, a new type of scammer that tries to game our system by pretending to be news. Cloakers often take advantage of timely topics—a government election, a trending news story or a popular celebrity—and their ads can look like headlines on a news website. But when people click on that story about Ellen DeGeneres and aliens, they go to a site selling weight-loss products, not a news story.

To fight cloakers, we take down the scammers themselves, and prevent them from advertising with us again. In 2016, we suspended more than 1,300 accounts for tabloid cloaking. Unfortunately, this type of bad ad is gaining in popularity because people are clicking on them. And a handful of scammers can pump out a lot of bad ads: During a single sweep for tabloid cloaking in December 2016, we took down 22 cloakers that were responsible for ads seen more than 20 million times by people online in a single week.

Promoting and profiting from bad sites
When we find ads that violate our policies, we block the ad or the advertiser, depending on the violation. But sometimes we also need to suspend the website promoted in the ad (the site people see after they click on it). So, for example, while we disabled more than 5 million payday loan ads last year, we also took action on 8,000 sites promoting payday loans.

Here are some examples of common policy violations we saw among bad sites in 2016:
  • We took action on 47,000 sites for promoting content and products related to weight-loss scams.
  • We took action on more than 15,000 sites for unwanted software and disabled 900,000 ads for containing malware.
  • And we suspended around 6,000 sites and 6,000 accounts for attempting to advertise counterfeit goods, like imitation designer watches.

Publishers and website owners use our AdSense platform to make money by running ads on their sites and content, so we have strict policies in place to keep Google's content and search networks safe and clean for our advertisers, users and publishers. When a publisher violates our policies, we may stop showing ads on their site, or even terminate their account.

We've had long-standing policies prohibiting AdSense publishers from running ads on sites that help people deceive others, like a site where you buy fake diplomas or plagiarized term papers. In November, we expanded on these policies, introducing a new AdSense misrepresentative content policy, that helps us to take action against website owners misrepresenting who they are and that deceive people with their content. From November to December 2016, we reviewed 550 sites that were suspected of misrepresenting content to users, including impersonating news organizations. We took action against 340 of them for violating our policies, both misrepresentation and other offenses, and nearly 200 publishers were kicked out of our network permanently.

In addition to all the above, we support industry efforts like the Coalition for Better Ads to protect people from bad experiences across the web. While we took down more bad ads in 2016 than ever before, the battle doesn’t end here. As we invest in better detection, the scammers invest in more elaborate attempts to trick our systems. Continuing to find and fight them is essential to protecting people online and ensuring you get the very best from the open web.

Posted by, Scott Spencer, Director of Product Management, Sustainable Ads

Fueling growth for India’s Small and Medium Businesses


GoCoop envisioned creating India’s largest artisan directory and connecting them directly with buyers from across the world

Maganlal Dresswalla is a 100-year old Mumbai based costumier who wanted to accelerate and cater to newer audiences

Walnut, a personal finance app, had the opportunity to scale overnight from 2 million to 5 million when the Indian demonetization drive started in November 2016

For these and millions of small businesses across India, digital offers a powerful platform to transform and accelerate growth.

At Google, we believe that as Indian small businesses chart their growth journey, technology is playing a pivotal role in helping them explore new markets, engage different audiences and compete more effectively. And our focus is to enable them with the right skills and tools to help them digitize and leverage the full power of the internet.

In our joint research study with KPMG, we find that rising internet penetration and greater uptake of digital by SMBs in India could help increase their contribution to India’s GDP from the current 37.5% to to 46-48% by 2020. Ascertaining the benefits of going digital for small businesses, it determines  that profits of digitally engaged SMBs grow twice as fast compared to offline SMBs. Likewise digitally engaged businesses are able to grow their customer base significantly with 52% catering to customers beyond their home city versus only 29% offline SMBs. However, the study found that 68% Indian SMBs are still offline due to a  lack of understanding of the benefits of digital technologies and technical skills to get them online.

At Google, we believe that the Internet is just as much for the established local merchant as it is for the new-age startup. Further, with the Internet, the smallest business can become the largest business in the blink of an eye. And therefore, today we are launching a large scale training program for Indian SMBs - Digital Unlocked. With this program, we envisage making quality training in going digital available to every single small business in India that wants it.
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In keeping with the varied learning needs of the millions of businesses in India, we’ve built this program across online, offline and mobile. The offline training is being conducted in partnership with FICCI and over the next three years, 5,000 workshops will be held across 40 Indian cities.
The online training comprises a set of 90 self-paced video tutorials, curated specifically for India  and is available free of charge at g.co/digitalunlocked. The tutorials cover a comprehensive set of topics ranging from building a web presence and driving online growth to reaching customers over mobile and video digital and email marketing to social media. The trainings are certified by Google, Indian School of Business and FICCI.

Further, for India’s mobile-first audience, Google also launched Primer, a free mobile app uniquely designed to teach digital marketing skills in a quick, easy and interactive way. It is available for download through the Google Play and iOS app store. Primer also works offline and is currently available in English and Hindi with Tamil, Telugu and Marathi versions coming shortly.

We recognize that having digital skills is a good starting point, but businesses also need a robust online identity to connect with consumers and convert their interest into action. And therefore, today, we are previewing My Business Websites with the intent of equipping the vast majority of small businesses with a simple way to start their digital journey by creating  a free, mobile optimised website, easily and instantly. Available for Google My Business users later in the year, this new feature will provide simple, templated and editable websites for small businesses created from the information and photos provided by them on Google Maps. My Business Websites will be available in English, Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Kannada, and Malayalam.

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In 2015, we launched our first initiative to partner Indian SMBs on their digital journey. And over the last year, we have engaged 8 million small businesses by helping them find and grow their online presence, benefitting from the innovations offered by Google Search and Google Maps.



We are excited about our next steps forward in our journey, that will enable every business, everywhere in India to open their doors to digital with the tools, training and support needed to grow and transform their business.  

High-speed Wi-Fi rolls into 100th railway station in India


“I visit [Jaipur station] every 3 to 4 days to get fast access to the Internet. I stop there for a few minutes, download apps, update them and get things my daughter wants. She is in 10th grade and uses my smartphone in the evenings to fulfill her educational needs. She also teaches my wife, her mother, to read and write using my smartphone.”

This is the story of Bhagwan Sahay, whom our team met at Jaipur Railway station, one of the earliest stations to be connected to Railwire Wi-Fi. It’s also one of the many stories we’ve heard from people across India who are using the Wi-Fi in ways that improve their daily lives.

With Railwire Wi-Fi rolling into Udhagamandalam (Ooty) today, we’ve now brought high-speed Internet to 100 of the busiest railway stations across India. That means the 10 million people (think the entire population of Sweden) who pass through these stations every day now have access to fast enough Internet to stream (or offline) an HD video, research their destination or download a new book or game for the journey ahead. And for 15,000 people, every day, these stations connect them to the Internet for the first time, ever.



We’re really excited about how far we’ve come since we announced that we were partnering with Indian Railways and RailTel to provide Wi-Fi at 400 railway stations throughout the country. But what has really inspired us are the stories of how people, like Bhagwan, are using this high-speed access to the full and open Internet.

They’re using Railwire Wi-Fi to be more productive with their time and to get things done more efficiently. Somesh Singh in an engineering graduate who logs on at Hazrat Nizamuddin station in Delhi to search the web for job opportunities and prepare for interviews without having to wait for slow loading pages or worry about the cost of browsing. Ajay Jain is a teacher who uses the Wi-Fi to get schoolwork done on his daily commute from Indore to Ujjain, so he can spend more time with his family once he gets home. And there’s Sandesh Awasthi, a cricket fan who no longer has to miss another game if he can stream matches live while waiting at Churchgate station in Mumbai.

And because it's high-speed, quality Wi-Fi, travellers are now able to connect with their loved ones more regularly and can even see them using video calling apps.


“I am migrant worker from Bihar and I travel to Rajasthan for work. Traveling usually means I won’t have a good connection. I got so excited when I saw free Wi-Fi here at the station. I just called my wife, and the voice and picture clarity were so good. I haven’t seen her face this clear in so long, whenever I talk the image is blurred because the network isn’t great. She also got so excited to see my call, she was very surprised to see me. I feel so good after speaking to her.
I can’t stop smiling.” — Bholu
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A look inside Churchgate station, one of Mumbai's busiest, which came online in August.


What’s next? In September we announced Google Station, which gives partners an easy set of tools to roll-out Wi-Fi hotspots in public places. With all the possibilities that our partnership with Indian Railways and Railtel have created for 10 million Indians passing through 100 stations every day, we look forward to the many more opportunities that Google Station will open up to every Indian and the stories we hope to hear from them.

Posted by Gulzar Azad, Country Head - Connectivity, Google India

Find public toilets in the National Capital Region and Madhya Pradesh on Google Maps

Next time you are on the road and nature calls, don’t fear, Google Maps is here!
Starting today, Google will make information about thousands of public toilets in India’s National Capital Region and Madhya Pradesh available on Google Maps. Working closely with the Ministry of Urban Development, Google is adding the location, address and opening hours of over four thousand community and public restrooms to Maps, aiming to provide easy access to information to people in India and and make it convenient for them to find public restrooms.


With over four thousand listings covering Delhi NCR including Ghaziabad, Gurugram, Noida, Faridabad, Bhopal and Indore in Madhya Pradesh - Indians and visitors alike will now be able to easily find the nearest public toilet on Google Maps — both on the mobile app as well as on desktop. This service will be accessible to users both in English and Hindi language.


From now on, when you search for “public toilet” on Google Maps in an area where the service is available, you’ll see a list of restrooms near you, including the respective address and opening hours. For instance, if you’re traveling on the national highway 8 in Gurugram, locating a public toilet can be challenging and most often the only option is going to nearby restaurants and cafes. Having this information handy can make things much easier.




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Public toilet listings in hindi


Improving sanitation is an important cornerstone of the government's Swachh Bharat campaign for a clean India. This includes making information about existing sanitation facilities easily accessible to people. The Ministry of Urban Development plans to continue to provide information about public restrooms for more cities.


We’re beginning to roll out these new local listings on Google Maps today, and they will be available to users both on desktop and Google Maps for Mobile (Android | iOS).

Posted by Sanket Gupta, Product Manager, Google Maps


Year in Search 2016: From global moments to the Indian grooves


Every day, around the world, we search. We search to find more information about our heroes, games movies, news events and everything that strikes our mind. It’s that time of year — when we look back at the last 12 months and reflect on the trends that defined the year in Google Search. From blockbuster performances in Sports, Cinema and Politics to personalities to Gadgets to Demonetization. So to celebrate the end of 2016, here’s a peek at some of the trending topics this year.

From Newsmakers to Heartbreakers

With the biggest sporting extravaganza, Olympics 2016, people in India showed their unprecedented support to the Indian contingent this year. The sprawling nation of 1.3 billion moved beyond Cricket, as Rio Olympics 2016 emerged as the top trending search query on Google in 2016.

The US Presidential elections have always been closely watched in India but this year the interest was extraordinary. US President Donald Trump emerged on top of the list of trending personalities in India followed by India’s women olympian PV Sindhu. Truth or hype but the term ‘Sonam Gupta Bewafa hai’ clearly trended the search charts this season on Google search with Sonam Gupta making a surprise entry at third position. With her historic performance at the Olympics Games 2016, Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar closely followed at number four. Bollywood actress Disha Patani who recently made her Bollywood debut in a biopic on Indian cricketing star M S Dhoni. Indian female wrestler and Olympic champion Sakshi Malik also featured among the Top 10 trending personalities on Google.

Even as Olympics topped the charts, the historic win for Donald Trump in US elections and Britain's withdrawal from the European Union (Brexit), caught people’s attention. While the 7th Pay commission brought cheers to many, the announcement on Demonetization and Surgical strike on terror groups featured among the top trended news events.   

Fun, Excitement and Spectacular Performances

Bollywood Superstar Salman Khan with his blockbuster performance in 'Sultan' captured the peak position among top trending movies while Thalaiva Rajinikanth's blockbuster film 'Kabali' captured the second spot. With scintillating performances by two newcomers Rinku Rajguru and Akash Thosar, marathi blockbuster ‘Sairat’ also made its way among the Top Trending movies this year.

Among the Bollywood leads, power packed performance by Sushant Singh Rajput and Disha Patani not just won them accolades but the duo also emerged on the top trending charts of male and female bollywood stars.

On the global stage, we saw some common search interests as Olympics brought all the fans together from across the globe and the world kept a close eye on the developments at the global stage including US elections, Brexit, Zika Virus, and the game that took the world by storm - Pokemon Go.

To view India specific  lists and other global trends in detail, head over to search trends in 2016. Aside from Indian data, the site showcases over 1,000 top-ten lists across pop culture, sports, music, politics, news, and more. It’s global, spanning over 75 countries.
See you in 2017 and, in the meantime… search on!