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Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy. Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy.
We heard it was coming. Now Google’s Chief Business Officer, Omid Kordestani, has confirmed it: a ‘Buy’ button is on its way to the company’s search results.
On stage at the Code Conference, he said: “There’s going to be buy button. It’s going to imminent.”
He said the rationale was to reduce “friction” for customers, but there’s another reason he was never likely to mention: Amazon is eating Google’s lunch when it comes to people searching for products.
Previous reports suggested that the ‘Buy’ button would be a mobile-only addition, but Kordestani didn’t confirm that.
You can expect to hear a lot more news from the company today as Google I/O kicks off and we’ll be there to bring you all of it. Stay tuned!
➤ Code Conference [via the BBC]
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