You only need to look at your own search history to realise just how revealing what we for search can be, and we’re not just talking about our minor physical ailments. We’re talking, of course, about your shopping habits. Search engines might be losing a little ground to social media when it comes to shopping recommendations and research, but it’s still a primary indicator for shopping habits around the world and, therefore, pretty damned interesting when we get towards the end of the year. It’s been an amazing year for tech, with huge smartphone releases from major brands, no fewer than three new consoles hitting the market and a host of smart watches, connected home devices and camera which have made 2017 a bumper year for technology. Across the globe, people like you and me whipped out our phones, tablets, laptops, PCs and connected speakers to ask Google about various tech products, but unlike previous years, Chinese smartphone brands saw a real boost in search performance. Now, I’m sure you’re wondering why that’s at all surprising. After all, China has a lot of people and Google is the most popular global search engine, right? Well, not in China it’s not. See, Google are banned in China, with alternative search engines favoured within the country. So, the appearance of Chinese brands in the global search rankings is something of a big deal. So, what were the top ten tech searches on Google in 2017? 10. Nokia 6 9. OnePlus 5 8. Oppo F5 7. Razer Phone 6. Nokia 3310 5. Xbox One X 4. Samsung Galaxy S8 3. Nintendo Switch 2. iPhone X 1. iPhone 8 Clearly then, the OnePlus 5 and Oppo F5 had a pretty big impact in 2017, despite the fact that the Oppo F5 had limited global availability. It’s a great sign for the future of Chinese smartphones, especially for companies which sell them around the globe.