A few days before the Ethereum integration process, Google showed its support with a simple change to its browser search results. This new feature has been added just days before the long-awaited Ethereum integration.
In a sign of support for Ethereum’s upcoming integration, tech giant Google is marking the time left until the upgrade with a new countdown timer.
Typing any “ethereum merge” or “merger” into the Google search engine will bring up a countdown indicating the estimated time left until the merge based on the current difficulty, hash rate, and difficulty of the merge.
Next to this timer is a cartoon image of two happy pandas running towards each other with outstretched arms, apparently getting closer as the merge date approaches.
Google Cloud developer Sam Padilla tweeted on September 9 that the timer was “a little surprise” and a way to show their appreciation for “years of work on this.”
He said it was done by Google’s search and labs team, but noted that he helped “initiate” the idea and the conversations that led to the timer.
In the same post, Padilla explained that the timer is connected directly to the blockchain and updates the countdown in real time, stating:
“The underlying data is mined directly from the blockchain through some of the nodes we run.”
He also hinted that the Pandas are getting closer to the merger date, but added, “You didn’t hear that from me!”
Google is increasingly entering the crypto space, and the company established a Web3 team under Google Cloud on May 6 as well.
However, Google developers aren’t the only ones watching Merge with interest.
Recent Google search data shows that searches for the term “ethereum merger” generated a score above 50 several times in the past 30 days, peaking at 100 on September 3rd.
The search volume for the term “ethereum merger” has generated a score above 50 several times in the past 30 days, reaching a peak of 100% on September 3rd.
Meanwhile, a recent CoinGecko report found that Singapore is the most interested in the upcoming Ethereum merger, followed by Switzerland and Canada, Germany, the United States, and the Netherlands.
Rankings were determined by analyzing the frequency of ten search terms, including “Ethereum Merger”, “ETH Merger” and “Ethereum PoW”, and then combining them for an overall ranking.