Google revamps Santa Tracker; features games, real time tracker

Google launches its own Santa Tracker to compete with NORAD's partnership with Bing.

Published Date
21 - Dec - 2012
| Last Updated
21 - Dec - 2012
 
Google revamps Santa Tracker; features games, real time tracker

This year-end, like every year, Google has got into holiday spirit by releasing a new Santa Tracker version. Santa Tracker is an interesting tool that allows users to track Santa Clause on his gift-giving route across the world. Google's updated Santa Tracker comes after it ended its five-year Christmas collaboration with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) mapping Santa's epic virtual journey. The NORAD Santa Tracker, scheduled to launch on Christmas Eve, has partnered with Microsoft's Bing this year.

This year Google has come up with a full website featuring lot of games and Easter Eggs aimed at entertaining users during the Holidays. The updated Santa Tracker looks more interactive as it features a virtual village in the North Pole, which is dubbed to be Santa's headquarters. The village is said to be reminiscent of Google's own research-focussed campus.

There are elves waiting for buses and readying for the season. Google will also be allowing users to track Santa in real time via Google Maps and Google Earth, starting December 24 at 2 a.m. Pacific time.

Users, in the meanwhile, can discover hidden rooms by clicking around the village. These rooms appear to be Santa's office, featuring aerodynamic reindeer testing, and even a briefing from Mrs. Claus. To make the tracker more fun, Google has added three new games called Jetpack, Racer, and Present Drop. Users can play these games on their browser using a keyboard.

You can also enjoy Santra Tracker on your Android device via an app and on Chrome via an extension. To get the latest updates on his trip, you can even follow Google Maps on Google , Facebook and Twitter.