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Shopping in Google Search. Photo: Business Insider

Shopping in Google Search. Photo: Business Insider

Google is planning to make it easier than ever to shop online by allowing you to purchase the products that appear in your mobile search results. With a new feature dubbed “Purchase on Google,” shoppers will be able to buy goods from supported retailers in just a few taps.

Apple and Google are waging war on all fronts. Photo: Cult of Android

Apple and Google are waging war on all fronts. Photo: Cult of Android

At its I/O conference last week, Google laid out the roadmaps for its most important platforms. It has already made its way into your pocket, but over the next few years, the search giant hopes to find a place on your wrist and in your home as well.

Things aren’t so straightforward as that, though.

Apple is fighting Google for territory in a variety of areas, with iOS competing with Android, Apple Watch battling Android Wear, and HomeKit trying to beat out Brillo.

But which one has the edge that will help it reign supreme? Here’s how they stack up against each other.

Google's Aparna Chennapragada shows how Now on Tap will handle your hardest Skrillex queries. Screenshot: Cult of Android

Google’s Aparna Chennapragada shows how Now on Tap will handle your hardest Skrillex queries. Screenshot: Cult of Android

Google Now is about to get far more powerful, thanks to a promising new feature called Now on Tap that leverages contextual search to offer quick answers to quick questions from within various apps.

“We’re working on a new capability to assist you in the moment — right when you need it, wherever you are on the phone,” said Google Now product manager Aparna Chennapragada as she previewed the impressive new functionality during Thursday’s kickoff keynote at Google I/O 2015.

For instance, asking, “What’s his real name?” while listening to a Skrillex track could return the DJ’s name from within a music app, making Google’s hive mind more accessible than ever. (FYI it’s Sonny John Moore.)

Toggling Wi-Fi with your voice. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Toggling Wi-Fi with your voice. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Android has long allowed us to access certain settings using our voice, but in the latest Google Search update for Lollipop, you’ll actually be able to change them, too. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and the flashlight can all be toggled simply by talking to your phone.

Action Launcher 3's new Quickpage feature. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Action Launcher 3’s new Quickpage feature. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Action Launcher 3, one of the best third-party launchers for Android, today received a terrific new update that adds a bunch of welcome new features and improvements.

It’s now incredibly easy to resize your icons, set your default home screen, and backup your layouts, while the awesome new Quickpage feature puts your favorite apps and widgets just a swipe away.

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