Search engine giant Google is joining the Ethereum Merge hype, keeping a strong interest in the topic. In support of the upcoming Ethereum merger, the tech company has released an Easter egg on the time of the merger countdown timer.
The Easter egg appears whenever a user searches for “Ethereum Merger” and other related search terms. Over the past 30 days, search data for the upcoming Ethereum blockchain merger has been trending with a consistent trend score averaging above 50. The countdown indicator shows the estimated time left until the merger, with data about the current algorithmic difficulty, hashing and merging difficulty. The timer also features an image of two animated pandas each holding an object that looks like the Ethereum logo. According to its developers, the image of cartoon pandas will become closer and coincide with the merger.
This move by Google is an important sign of support for the Ethereum merger. It comes at a time when cryptocurrency prices have been volatile and investors are eagerly awaiting the next big thing in the cryptocurrency space. The Ethereum merger has been highly anticipated by the crypto community, and it’s good to see that Google is sharing the hype. At the time of writing, the merge difficulty for Ethereum is rated at P58750000, with a hash rate of 857 TH/s. The current tiered difficulty is at 58524036 P. Sam Padilla, a Google developer who works for the company’s Web3 team, revealed the easter egg via a Tweet to Vitalik Buterin and Ethereum core developers:
Everyone is so excited about what’s coming and appreciates the work that’s been going into it for years. pic.twitter.com/3bgifV6Ywn
— Sam Padilla (@theSamPadilla) September 9, 2022
Touting the gesture as a “fun little surprise” for Ethereum fans and developers, Padilla says it was Google’s way of showing appreciation for “the work that’s been done on this for years.” According to Padilla, the timer was built by Google’s search and labs team. Padilla also revealed that the timer itself was connected to the Ethereum blockchain itself as a Web3 analytics application, with real-time updates via nodes run by Google.
Google’s growing involvement in Web3 and cryptography led to the company’s establishment of its own Web3 team, alongside the release of a malware detection algorithm for Google Cloud services. In recent news, Sky Mavis, the development studio behind the popular Web3 game Axie Infinity, has formed a partnership with Google Cloud to strengthen node integrations and security for the Ronin blockchain.
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