Google may take on Amazon with 'Buy Now' buttonThe search giant is reportedly talking to retailers about new shopping features. Also, Google adds voice controls to the Nest thermostat and reveals the top trending search terms of 2014.
Google wants to pull you away from Amazon. I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your c|net update. [MUSIC] It looks like Google has its eyes on Amazon. Google has a plan to put a buy now button right next to the products that you find in search. This is according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The idea is to keep you Googling longer, preventing you from bouncing off to a retailer site or to Amazon. Now Google's not turning into a store or doing the shipping. Rather, sources tell the Journal that Google's talking to retailers. To come up with something similar to Amazon's 1-Click ordering system. So Google handles the transaction for you. But let's be honest, it's gonna take a lot more than a button to get people to shop on Google over Amazon. Most people go straight to Amazon to search for a product, according to Forrester Research, because it's easy. When it comes to shopping, Amazon is Google's biggest search competitor. But that's not all that's going on with Google. The voice-controlled Google Now program has a new trick. You can control your Nest thermostat with voice commands by using Google's app on Android and iOS. Google bought Nest Labs for $3.2 billion back in January. So it was only a matter of time before Nest tied into Google services. Google Now shows the status of your thermostat on your mobile device. And with your voice, you can make quick temperature changes. You first have to say the words, Okay Google, followed by your command. As in set the temperature to 72 degrees. And on the topic of Google, the search Giant released the list of the top trending search terms of 2014. As you can guess big news stories rank high. The biggest spike in search was for Robin Williams. Now when it comes to tech stories good old Flappy Bird made it to number five on the trending search list right above the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. For users that typed in what is questions what is Bitcoin came in at number four. What is Gamergate and what is WhatsApp ranked sixth and seventh. WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook this year for 22 billion dollars. Even though it has 600 million active users it's not well known in the US. the biggest how to question on Google was how to airdrop. It's Apple's file sharing feature introduced in iOS7 back in 2013 but this year Mac computers got the ability to use airdrop between mobile devices. To share a photo from your iPhone or iPad, you have to go control center and activate AirDrop. And then when you're on a photo, you click the share icon and you'll have the option to share it with anyone near you that also has AirDrop activated. See, you can always count on CNet to answer your Google questions. That's your Check News updates, and there's always more at cnet.com. You can follow me on Twitter to stay updated. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]