Google Expands Crypto Wallet Search to Include Bitcoin, Major Blockchains

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Search is now allowing users to view the token balances of wallets on several major blockchain networks, including Bitcoin, Arbitrum, Avalanche, Optimism, Polygon, and Fantom. 

By typing in a wallet address, users can see the remaining balance of the native token held in that wallet, along with the timestamp of when the balance was last updated.

The search results display the balance as of the last external transaction processed on the network, with Google noting that the updates are not instantaneous due to the time required for new transactions to be indexed. 

Users can search using various Bitcoin address formats, including P2PKH, P2SH, and Bech32, which represent the long strings of alphanumeric characters that identify a crypto wallet’s address.

While the search results reveal the token balance associated with a public wallet address, they do not disclose the identity of the wallet’s owner, preserving the anonymity inherent in blockchain transactions. 

Google’s move to integrate blockchain wallet data into its search engine follows earlier efforts to provide similar information for Ethereum wallets and Ethereum Name Service (ENS) domains. In March, Google enabled the display of ENS domain balances, which offer human-readable names for Ethereum wallets, making it easier to share and remember wallet addresses.

The search giant first introduced the ability to track Ethereum wallet balances in 2022, subsequently expanding the feature to encompass a broader range of blockchain networks.

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