A media outlet’s report on February 21 reveals that Google, a U.S. based search engine giant has added a Bitcoin currency symbol to its keyboard for iOS devices. The icon for the most popular cryptocurrency based on market capitalization now sits alongside others like the Yen, Dollar, Euro, and Pounds.
iOS Users Can Now Insert Bitcoin Symbol in Chats
Per the report, users of smartphones that run on iOS can now insert a Bitcoin symbol while they type. This is because Google has added the currency to its keyboard for iOS devices. However, Apple’s native keyboard does not feature the icon and neither does the Google keyboard for Android smartphones.
The development comes as a surprise given that Google’s operating system such as the Nougat, Oreo, and Pie are featured on Android devices. Therefore, it is expected that the latter should have been the first to get the update. That notwithstanding, iPhone users can locate the Bitcoin symbol right next to the Yen, Euro, Pounds, Dollar, and other fiat currency.
Vitalik Buterin Requests for Ethereum Logo to be Added
While the search engine giant only introduced Bitcoin out of a wide range of cryptocurrencies, Vitalik Buterin, Ethereum’s CEO and co-founder suggested that the Ethereum logo should be added. In a tweet which the CEO later deleted, he said Google: “I would like to discuss with you regarding the possibility to add an ‘ETH’ icon.”
Google, on the other hand, responded by saying:
Thank you for your interest regarding our keyboard product. We regretfully have to inform you that Google will not add any other crypto icons to the keyboard besides Bitcoin because we believe everything else is legally questionable and long-term not viable.
The response is a major blow not only on Ethereum, but other virtual currencies which Google believes are not viable in the long run. Assumptions have, however, been made that Google’s response may have stemmed from a past event where Buterin created a poll asking his millions of followers whether he should move to Google and leave Ethereum. It appears the CEO had received a job offer from Google which he turned down.
That aside, it’s good to see Google taking an active part in blockchain and specifically, cryptocurrencies. BTCNN on February 8 informed that the U.S. company has added data assets for Litecoin, Bitcoin cash, Zcash, Ethereum Classic, Dash, and Dogecoin. Events of this nature go contrary to the block on crypto ads by the search engine. It can also be recalled that Google’s Artificial Intelligence once defined Bitcoin as a “collapsed economic bubble.”