Big things have small beginnings.Michael Fassbender, Prometheus (2012)
Indeed. True to the core of reality. Also, Neil Armstrong’s first words on the moon will reiterate throughout the realm of Cryptocurrency and Technology today. Who could have anticipated Google’s silent gesture at adding a Bitcoin symbol on the Gboard? This day just got better!
Until now, Bitcoin had been a recurring term found in a multitude of webpages dealing with technology and finance. However, a few hours ago, Google dropped the new update of its keyboard app, Gboard, in the Apple Store. To the amazement of the iPhone or iPad user, the Bitcoin symbol just made it to Google’s virtual keyboard!
What is Gboard?
Gboard, or Google Keyboard, is a virtual keyboard application by Google which is available on both Android as well as iOS platforms. Truth be told, convincing consumers, specially those who are very stringent about mobile shopping, is not an easy task, but it is essential after all. However, the best way is to bring forth your brand directly in the hands of the people. Example, utilizing the sixth element of human survival in the 21st century — the smartphone. We cannot imagine our lives without a smartphone today. Profession and Procrastination reside on the same screen, thanks to smartphones. And Google has taken a decisive step towards making the public aware about the existence of technologies that have the capability to make information safe and secure. Yes, just between your smartphone and you.
What made Google do it?
Google’s new keyboard feature is just the tip of the iceberg. In March 2018, Google declared that they were working on developing their own Blockchain technology, as reported by Blomberg citing unnamed sources. Google was hoping to adopt Blockchain Technology for its cloud services. Why? It is simple; so that people could use Blockchain to verify their interactions on Google’s platform. Also, why wouldn’t they? Facebook, along with WhatsApp, is adopting Cryptocurrency as well (which applies to its India payment rollouts too!). Moreover, JPMorgan recently launched it’s very own cryptocurrency, JPM Coin. In a world where finance is increasingly becoming digital, why should a tech giant like Google be left behind?
How did Bitcoin make it to the iOS device screen?
With the launch of iOS 8, the year 2014 witnessed Apple opening up a minute pathway for users to install keyboards by third party companies. This is because, iPhone and iPad users were demanding features which Android users enjoyed from Swiftkey and Swype. Since then, Apple has been focusing more on enhancing its keyboard features. And we have felt that already; those big animated emojis that are customisable. After all, emojis express more than our words do. If you have an iOS device running on iOS version 8 or above, then you are ready to check out Google’s small step towards a digital world of finance!
How to check the Bitcoin symbol on your iPhone/iPad
On your iPhone/iPad, visit Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add new Keyboard > from the list of third party keyboards select Gboard.
Now, open an app that requires the usage of your keyboard > on the keyboard, press and hold the Globe icon in the bottom left corner > long press the Currency key (varies from country to country) > a popup featuring alternative currency symbols comes up. And voilà! You have discovered the Bitcoin key on the left!
P.S. – Dear Android user, don’t worry. Innovations are gonna turn up on your smartphones too!