Google and NORAD battle it out with rival Santa Trackers

first_imgNormally, Google and NORAD team up to provide a Santa Tracker every year. However, this year NORAD went with Bing, leaving Google to unleash its own Santa Tracker. Google’s tracker is more than just a service that lets you follow a fake (sorry, kids) holiday being across the sky as he carpet bombs villages with presents. It features mini-games, an entire HTML5 village full of hidden buttons to click, a view of Santa’s own dashboard with a live gift counter, and a Google Voice Santa phone call service. Leave Google in the dust, and they just come back stronger and with more features.If you aren’t into colorful HTML5 holiday-themed shenanigans, you can head on over to NORAD’s Santa Tracker. Though it doesn’t feature sleek aesthetics, the NORAD site does have its own holiday village, complete with its own mini-games and hidden buttons spread throughout. The tracker also isn’t as sleek as Google’s, but it does provide various map-viewing options, such as a 3D or 2D map, or a mode that lets you roam the globe without being fixed on Santa’s route. There’s also a live gift counter, but it claims Santa has delivered many more gifts than Google’s tracker says. Both are adding gifts by the second, but at the time of this writing, NORAD’s gift counter is almost one-and-a-half billion gifts ahead of Google’s.It looks like either Google or NORAD have some bad Santa-related information, but hey, it’s the season of joy and giving, so give them a break.last_img