GOOGLE HAS ADDED an automatic Bitcoin calculation tool to its internet search website, and will provide the information to users when they make certain queries.
The Bitcoin price will come up if you search for "Price of BTC" or "Bitcoin price". We tried both seconds apart and got two slightly different results. This is likely because of the fast moving nature of Bitcoin, a currency that has split its time between very high value and somewhat lower value.
One Bitcoin, according to a Google search, is worth approximately £360 at the time of writing. Currency conversion is also possible, and a search using the phrase "£10 to Bitcoin" delivered an immediate result.
Bitcoin watcher Coindesk says that this is the result of Google's arrangement with bitcoin price checker and and news website Coinbase. It also follows an announcement from Microsoft about Bing and Bitcoin.
"Now that Coinbase's API is being used on Google, anyone who uses Google can see a graph of current and past bitcoin values compared to US dollars. They can also use Google's currency converter to determine how many dollars equal how many bitcoin, and vice versa," Coinbase said.
"We're glad to be working with Google, furthering their goal of bringing more of the world's information to people seeking answers."
Coindesk has spoken with Google about this, though we are still waiting for a response to our queries, and was told that the same feature is available through the Google Search app on smartphones.
"You can also ask Google to do conversions," said a spokesperson.
"If you have the Google Search app on your smartphone, for example, ask it, 'How many bitcoin are in 500 US dollars?' and you'll get the answer in a handy conversion tool."