Google Search Integrates Bitcoin Price Calculator

Google's search engine has been updated to display bitcoin prices in response to certain queries.

AccessTimeIconJul 15, 2014 at 5:40 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 2:05 p.m. UTC

Internet search giant Google has updated its search engine to automatically display bitcoin prices when users enter certain queries.

The news comes roughly one month after Google Finance partnered with Coinbase to launch a bitcoin price tracker that enabled BTC-to-fiat price conversions across a wide range of global currencies.

A representative from Google confirmed the update to CoinDesk, noting that the tool works on Google Search's smartphone app as well.

The spokesperson said:

"You can also ask Google to do conversions – if you have the Google Search app on your smartphone, for example, ask it, 'How many bitcoin are in 500 U.S. dollars?' and you'll get the answer in a handy conversion tool."

Google's latest feature follows the February decision by Microsoft's search engine Bing to automatically convert currency denominations to BTC, and Yahoo! Finance's decision to introduce a price conversion offering in June.

How it works

Google search engine users can now type in basic queries such as "bitcoin price" or "price of BTC" in order to instantly access the tool.

CoinDesk - Unknown

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 12.57.43 PM

The update also handles more complex queries including "price of 3 bitcoin" or "5 BTC", and responds by showing the current price of bitcoin along with a chart illustrating the currency's history dating back before 2011.

CoinDesk - Unknown

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 12.58.08 PM

Investors should note, however, that per Google's disclaimer policies, the resulting search may not reflect real-time value.

At press time, some global Google Search users were reporting difficulties accessing the offering.

Image via Google

DISCLOSURE

Please note that our privacy policy, terms of use, cookies, and do not sell my personal information has been updated.

The leader in news and information on cryptocurrency, digital assets and the future of money, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. As part of their compensation, certain CoinDesk employees, including editorial employees, may receive exposure to DCG equity in the form of stock appreciation rights, which vest over a multi-year period. CoinDesk journalists are not allowed to purchase stock outright in DCG.

Trending

1
CoinDesk - Unknown
Three Arrows Paper Trail Leads to Trading Desk Obscured Via Offshore Entities

As Three Arrows Capital collapsed under market pressure, its much-lesser known trading desk, TPS Capital, remained active, sources say. But a complex ownership structure might frustrate creditors' efforts to collect.

CoinDesk - Unknown
2
CoinDesk - Unknown
June Was Bitcoin’s Worst Month Ever

Plus, European crypto regulation comes into view.

CoinDesk - Unknown
3
CoinDesk - Unknown
What Traders Are Saying About Bitcoin's Biggest Monthly Loss in 11 Years

Poor macroeconomic sentiment, fears of inflation and systemic risks from the crypto market pushed the cryptocurrency below 2017’s highs.

CoinDesk - Unknown
4
CoinDesk - Unknown
Three Arrows Capital Files for Bankruptcy in New York Tied to British Virgin Islands Proceeding

A British Virgin Islands court ordered Three Arrows' BVI branch into liquidation earlier this week.

CoinDesk - Unknown