In a show of support for the upcoming Ethereum merger, tech juggernaut Google is marking the time remaining until upgrade with a new countdown.
Typing any variant of “Ethereum Merge” or “The Merge” into the search engine displays a countdown, with the estimated time remaining until the merger based on current difficulty, hash rate, and the difficulty of merging.
On the side is a cartoon of two happy pandas running towards each other with outstretched hands, who will supposedly grow closer as the merge date approaches.
Google Cloud developer Sam Padilla in a Sept. 9 tweet said the timer was “kinda fun surpriseand a way to show their appreciation for the “work that’s been put into it for years.”
He said the work was done by Google’s research and lab team, but noted that he helped “kick off” the idea and discussion that led to the timer’s implementation. .
In the same post, Padilla explained that the timer is directly connected to the blockchain, updating the countdown in real time, stating:
“The underlying data is pulled directly from the blockchain through some of the nodes we run.”
He also hinted that the pandas were getting closer as the merger date approached, but made a tongue-in-cheek statement saying, “But you didn’t hear that from me.”
— Hsiao-Wei Wang (@icebearhww) August 29, 2021
Google is getting more and more involved in the crypto space, with the company creating a Web3 team under Google Cloud on May 6.
However, Google developers aren’t the only ones watching the merger with keen interest.
Recent search data from Google revealed that searches for the term “Ethereum Merge” returned a score above 50 multiple times over the past 30 days, peaking at 100 on September 3.
A value of 100 is classified as “peak popularity for the term” while a value of 50 means the term is “half as popular”. A score of 0 means there was not enough data for that day.
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Meanwhile, a recent CoinGecko report revealed that Singapore was the country most interested in the upcoming Ethereum merger, followed by Switzerland and Canada, Germany, the United States, and the Netherlands.
The rankings were determined by analyzing the frequency of ten search terms, including “Ethereum Merge”, “ETH Merge” and “Ethereum PoW”, then combining them for the overall ranking.