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Top Google Searches 2019: Cricket, Cameron Boyce, iPhone 11


England's captain Eoin Morgan raises the trophy after winning the Cricket World Cup final match between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 14, 2019. England won after a super over after the scores were tied after 50
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The most popular Google searches in 2019 included cricket competitions, the death of actor Cameron Boyce and the iPhone 11.

Google recently released its yearly ranking of worldwide search terms that had the highest growth compared to the year before.

Three of the top 10 searches related to international cricket competition, including “India vs South Africa,” which was number one. At number 4 was “Bangladesh vs India,” while “ICC Cricket World Cup” came in 10th.

From left, India's Rishabh Pant, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Wriddhiman Saha pose with the winners trophy after their win on the fourth day of third and last cricket test match between India and South Africa in Ranchi, India, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. I
From left, India's Rishabh Pant, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Wriddhiman Saha pose with the winners trophy after their win on the fourth day of third and last cricket test match between India and South Africa in Ranchi, India, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. I

Searches about the Copa America soccer competition – which decides the champion of South America - came in at number 3.

The second-highest search on the list was the name Cameron Boyce, a 20-year-old American actor who died in July. The Disney Channel star’s death was connected to the disease epilepsy.

In this April 25, 2019, file photo, Cameron Boyce arrives at WE Day California at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Boyce was known for his roles in the Disney Channel franchise “Descendants” and the Adam Sandler film “Grown Ups.” (Richard Shotwell/AP)
In this April 25, 2019, file photo, Cameron Boyce arrives at WE Day California at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Boyce was known for his roles in the Disney Channel franchise “Descendants” and the Adam Sandler film “Grown Ups.” (Richard Shotwell/AP)

Apple’s release of the iPhone 11 placed fifth in Google’s worldwide search rankings.

The next three searches were related to American-produced entertainment. The highly successful HBO television series Game of Thrones was the sixth most popular search on Google. Next was the superhero movie Avengers: Endgame, followed by the long-awaited film Joker.

The other search term to make Google’s top ten list was “Notre Dame.” It demonstrated great international interest after a fire in April severely damaged the famed Roman Catholic cathedral in Paris, France.

Flames rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. Massive plumes of yellow brown smoke is filling the air above Notre Dame Cathedral and ash is falling on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Par
Flames rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. Massive plumes of yellow brown smoke is filling the air above Notre Dame Cathedral and ash is falling on tourists and others around the island that marks the center of Par

Google also released a video with the rankings. The video centers on the year’s searches for different kinds of heroes in entertainment, sports and news. “Throughout history, in times of uncertainty,” the video says, “the world looks for heroes.” The video continues: “In 2019, searches for heroes soared.”

In the United States, the most popular 2019 search term was “Disney Plus.” Disney Plus is a video streaming service launched last month. It is seen as a direct push by Disney to compete with existing services like Netflix, Hulu and Apple TV Plus.

Other top U.S. searches included Hurricane Dorian, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Women’s World Cup soccer championship. Americans also searched for information about a gathering near the U.S. military base known as Area 51. Area 51 is known in popular culture as a research center for government studies of creatures from outer space and alien spaceships.

Many of the search terms remained common across different parts of the world. For example, it was no surprise that the top searches in Britain involved Rugby and Cricket. This was also the case in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Australia.

The top vacation searches worldwide sought information about Maldives, Mexico, Japan, Bora Bora and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Armed police stand guard as the Royal Regiment of Scotland band march by in Windsor, south England, May 7, 2019, a day after Prince Harry announced that his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, had given birth to a boy.
Armed police stand guard as the Royal Regiment of Scotland band march by in Windsor, south England, May 7, 2019, a day after Prince Harry announced that his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, had given birth to a boy.

Under the subject “babies” Google reported that Baby Yoda and Baby Shark ranked ahead of royal baby, a search for information about the birth of a real baby to Britain’s Prince Harry and his American wife Meghan Markle.

In many nations, environmental activist Greta Thunberg topped the search list.

In this file photo, Sweden's Greta Thunberg, 15, holds a sign reading "School strike for the climate" during a demonstration against climate change outside the Swedish parliament in Stockholm, Sweden, on November 30, 2018.
In this file photo, Sweden's Greta Thunberg, 15, holds a sign reading "School strike for the climate" during a demonstration against climate change outside the Swedish parliament in Stockholm, Sweden, on November 30, 2018.

In France, searches related to Notre Dame Cathedral were the most popular, followed by news about the country’s elections.

In Germany, the most popular searches included news about the death of designer Karl Lagerfeld and the European Parliament election.

In Canada, a top search question was, “Who should I vote for?”

While in South Africa, a top question searched was, “Why were cornflakes invented?”

I’m Bryan Lynn.

Bryan Lynn wrote this story for VOA Learning English, based on information from Google. Caty Weaver was the editor.

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Words in This Story

cricket n. a game in which two teams of eleven people try to score points by hitting a ball and running between two wickets

vs prep. a written abbreviation for versus used to say that one team or person is competing against another)

cathedral n. the largest and most important church in a particular area

entertainmentn. shows, films, television, or other performances or activities that entertain people

uncertainty n. not sure or not able to decide about something

soar v. to increase to a high level very quickly

stream n. listen or watch something on a computer or device

cornflakes n. a food made from corn and usually eaten with milk for breakfast

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