The adoption of leading cryptocurrency is increasing day after day. Now, the latest addition to this list is the Bitcoin symbol on Google Keyboard. A Bitcoin enthusiast took to Twitter to share this update with the crypto community which has everyone elated of this small but at the same time a big thing for the flagship cryptocurrency.
“Wow, I just noticed that the ₿ symbol is now the first currency when u long press $ on Google keyboard…Does everyone know this? Bitcoin is becoming pervasive everywhere.”
This is certainly a victory for the Bitcoin and crypto community as it will expose Bitcoin symbol and by extension crypto to the masses.
The “฿” symbol is the first one in the currency strip and closest to the left finger. However, it is only for iOS as have been noted by the enthusiasts, “It’s only so on iOS, strangely not on Android.”
There has been a bit of confusion if it is Thailand’s currency Baht but it is clear that it is not as one Redditor explains further, “Baht has a single line going through the whole B like this ฿.”
Another one explained, “If any of you guys want to be able to type it, the Unicode code point it: U+20BF. For me, on Linux this means hitting Ctrl-Shift-U then releasing and typing 20BF or 20bf since caps don’t seem to matter which produces a nice ₿.”
Back in 2017, the Unicode Consortium revealed its 10.0 version that included the Bitcoin “B” symbol while the efforts to get Bitcoin Unicode symbol date back to even far back to 2011. The proposal for this had been submitted by a tech blogger Ken Shirriff that was considered by the Consortium unlike its previous proposal by Sander van Galoven of the Netherlands, which was rejected by the organization.
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