Google has finally finished its ten-year project. You can now google Ethereum addresses directly on Google. You will see your ETH balance when you paste the Ethereum address into the Google search bar. The data is collected by the Ethereum block explorer Etherscan. The project began in 2013 and is now effective in 2022. You can use this link to check your details, https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/blockchaininfo-address-se/aipmpbhchlkopmpoaipbelfpniojcnkb?hl=en
The first person to notice this feature was Han Hua, a principal investor at Google Ventures and a crypto-focused former Google engineer. Most recently, Google started offering more crypto interactions.
A Technical Breakdown Of Google’s New Blockchain Search Tools
Google is now entering the blockchain search business. In 2019, less than a day after Forbes reported that the internet search giant was releasing a suite of tools built by and for open-source developers, Google said that the tool had been published. This year, the tool is fully functional.
The search functions by reading records of all transactions and metadata across eight cryptocurrencies, these include Bitcoin and Ethereum.
Google Cloud Developer Advocate Allen Day and a team of open-source developers around the world released a series of tools to develop the google blockchain addresses search. This was in 2017. According to Allen Day;
“I’m very interested in quantifying what’s happening so that we can see where the real legitimate use cases are for blockchain,” said Day, who manages the cloud portion of the project. “So people can acknowledge that, and then we can move to the next use case and develop what these technologies are appropriate for.”
Last year, Evgeny Medvedev uploaded Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchain transaction data and some essential search tools to Google’s BigQuery data analytics platform. The aim was to see how developers could use their software.
Labeled as Blockchain ETL (Extract, Transform, Load), the software was created by Medvedev. It contains input from other members of the team.
It was launched in tests on Google’s BigQuery ML (machine learning) tools. Machine learning integration automatically provides users with basic information about how cryptocurrency addresses are being used by looking for patterns in the transaction flow.
Will Google Violate Crypto’s Privacy?
One Twitter user, @Andrew_Hurst_, says that the cryptocurrency space is about to face a massive violation of privacy. First is the SEC and now google.
Google is yet to directly accept cryptocurrencies as a payment method, although the platform seems to be heading in that direction. However, the developer has not confirmed this yet. Many speculate that it is only a matter of time before other crypto wallets appear on Google search with the addition of wallet balances.