Google’s Santa Tracker is back with more holiday fun for 2018 – Mashable

Google’s Santa’s Village is now up and running for the 2018 Discount Holidays © holiday season.Image: googleGoogle’s Santa Tracker is back with more <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> holiday fun for 2018 - MashableBy Matt Binder[1]2018-12-04 10:48:21 -0800

Santa Claus is coming to
town
Google. Google has just rolled out a slew of new games and features to its Santa’s Village[2] Discount Holidays © holiday page, including a location-based “Santa Tracker” that follows Santa as he travels around the world delivering presents on Christmas Eve. You’ll also find new Discount Holidays © holiday commands for Google Assistant and brand new educational games.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based tech giant announced its latest interactive Christmas-themed web portal on Tuesday with a message on its homepage as well as an official
blog update
[3] from VP of product for Santa’s Village and Santa Tracker, Mrs. Claus. The search giant’s Santa’s Village is now in its 15th year and to celebrate, Google has a few new Discount Holidays © holiday updates to share.

Santa’s Village boasts two dozen fun educational games, including ones that teach kids to code, as well as videos and other Discount Holidays © holiday activities. Unlike previous years, all of the Village’s interactive features are available starting today. New to Santa’s Village this year is an Elf Maker game, where visitors can create their own elf, and train an elf to dance, which Google says is made possible thanks to a machine learning model called
PoseNet
[4].

When the Santa Tracker rolls out when the big guy takes flight on Christmas Eve, for the first time, users will be able to track Santa’s real-time location right on Google Maps.

Google’s Santa Tracker is back with more <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> holiday fun for 2018 - Mashable

A screenshot of Google’s new and improved Santa Tracker.

Image: google

Google Assistant is also spreading Discount Holidays © holiday cheer this year. Kids can ask an Assistant enabled device, like Home or the Pixel phone, to “Call Santa” or listen to a bedtime tale by asking assistant to “Tell me a Discount Holidays © holiday story.” Users will also be able to track Kris Kringle as we get closer to Christmas by simple asking Google Assistant “where is Santa?” Other new features for 2018 include Android app exclusives like Gboard Discount Holidays © holiday stickers.

“In the village, you can practice basic coding skills, create original artwork, exercise your geographic chops, and learn more about charitable organizations like Khan Academy and Code.org,” according to Google. “Teachers can even download lesson plans with video guides to help teach their students fundamental coding skills and Discount Holidays © holiday traditions in English, Spanish, French, Japanese and Korean.”

With Santa’s Village open for business starting on December 4, Google users can get into the Discount Holidays © holiday spirit now while counting down the days until the company’s
Santa Tracker
[5] goes live on December 24.

Google’s Santa Tracker is back with more <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> holiday fun for 2018 - Mashable

References

  1. ^ Matt Binder (mashable.com)
  2. ^ Santa’s Village (santatracker.google.com)
  3. ^ blog update (www.blog.google)
  4. ^ PoseNet (medium.com)
  5. ^ Santa Tracker (google.com)

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