Google, an American multinational technology company, known for its intelligent search engine, is counting down to the Ethereum Merge, giving the crypto industry a sign of acknowledgment from the tech giant.
In aiding the upcoming Ethereum Merge, the firm has launched an “Easter egg” in the form of a countdown timer for The merge. The Easter egg pops up whenever a user searches for “Ethereum Merge” and other related terms.
Typing terms like “Ethereum Merge” or “The Merge” on the Google search engine shows a countdown ticker that contains the difficulty rate (number of times a miner must calculate the hashes to record a block of transactions), the hash rate (the total computing power being used on the whole network) and a cartoon of two happy pandas running towards each other with outstretched arms, each holding an object resembling Ethereum’s logo.
However, according to the developers, the image of the cartoon pandas will grow closer as the time of the Merge date grows close.
A Google developer working for the Firm’s Web3.0 team, Sam Padilla, revealed the easter egg through a Twitter post that he described as a ‘fun little surprise’ and appreciation to the Ethereum core developers and Vitalik Buterin. He also said that the work was done by the Google search and labs team and hinted that he helped initiate the idea that led to the timer being implemented.
According to Padilla, the idea of Google employees who wanted to create” some cool easter eggs” for the transition from Ethereum to Proof of stake has come to life within a couple of weeks.
Giving feedback to a user on Twitter, Padilla said,” the data is being pulled directly from the blockchain via some of the nodes we run.”
Google And the Crypto Space
Google is increasingly becoming involved in the crypto space and Web3.0, which has led to the company’s establishment of its Web3.0 team and the launch of a malware detection algorithm for its Google Cloud Services on May 6 this year.
However, the page company devoted to the Web3 products lists Nansen, Dapper Labs, and Solana as business partners, among many more companies.
Search data for the Ethereum Blockchain’s upcoming merge has been trending over the past 30 days with a consistent trend score of over 50, reaching a peak of 100 on September 3. A value of 100 is deemed as ”peak popularity,” while a discount of 50 is classed as ”half as popularity.”A score of 0 means there was not enough data on that day.
Sky Marvis, the development studio behind popular Web3.0 game Axie Infinity, recently announced a partnership with Google Cloud to tighten its node integration and validate transactions for the Ronin Network.
A recent report by CoinGecko revealed Singapore is the country most interested in the upcoming Ethereum upgrade, followed by Canada, the United States (U.S.), Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Germany.
The rankings by CoinGecko were determined by analyzing how frequent ten search terms related to the upgrade, such as “The Merge,” “ETH Merge,” “Ethereum Merge,” and “Ethereum PoW,” and combining them to achieve overall ranking.