Google links the excitement around the Ethereum upgrade with a nifty Easter egg

Google links the excitement around the Ethereum upgrade with a nifty Easter egg

As a sign of support for the upcoming Ethereum upgrade, tech giant Google is signaling the time left until the upgrade with a new countdown.

Typing “Ethereum Merge” or “The Merge” into the search bar displays a countdown timer, with an estimate of time remaining before upgrading based on the current difficulty, hashrate and difficulty related to Merger.

On the side, we can see a drawing of two happy pandas running towards each other with arms outstretched, which are supposed to grow closer as the date of the Merger arrives.

Screenshot of the countdown while writing this. Source: Google

In a Sept. 9 tweet, Google Cloud developer Sam Padilla said the countdown was “slightly surprise fun” and a way to show respect for “the work that has been done over the years. »

He said the work was done by Google’s research team and labs. This helped to ‘start’ the thinking and discussion that arose from the timer operation.

In the same post, Padilla explained that the timer is connected directly to the blockchain, updating the countdown in real time, saying:

“The underlying data is pulled directly from the blockchain through some of the nodes we run. »

He also hinted that the pandas are getting closer as the upgrade date approaches, but made a tongue-in-cheek statement saying, “But you didn’t hear that from me. »

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Google is getting 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 Merge with interest.

Recent search data from Google showed that searches for the term “Ethereum Merge” scored over 50 multiple times in the past 30 days, peaking at 100 on September 3rd.

Search trends for the term “Ethereum Merge” Source: Google

A value of 100 is considered the term’s “peak popularity”, 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 showed that Singapore was the country most interested in the upcoming Ethereum upgrade, 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”, and then combining them for the overall ranking.

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