Dec 19, 2016 09:54 AM EST
NORAD Track Santa Update: Google Assistant To Help NORAD Locate Santa, How To Start And Track Santa Location Also Revealed
With Christmas approaching fast, Google has decided to integrate its famous Santa Tracker into artificial intelligence powered Google Assistant to allow users to check Santa's location by asking Google Assistant with some few words like "Where is Santa."
According to Android Police, Google's famous Santa Tracker has now been integrated into Assistant to help users check Santa's location. Unfortunately, the features only provide a text answer instead of the full map of the desktop site but it's more fun, according to Google.
Google is also adding some new pieces of stuff in Google's Santa Tracker to make it a little bit entertaining. This includes adding several Santa Jokes to Assistant.
All of these entertaining stuff are said to be available in all variations of Google Assistant, which include Google Home, the Allo's Assistant and last the Pixel version.
This is not the first Google has introduced this kind of holiday-related features. The Mountain View-based company has been working with NORAD (which stands for North American Air Defense Command) with the Santa tracker for years, but today's development makes it much easier and more fun for users.
NORAD is currently celebrating the 61st anniversary of tracking Santa's journey and has launched a website for tracking Santa on Dec. 1.
Based on the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, NORAD is a combined organization for the United States and Canadian armed forces. The state of the art facilities provides aerospace warning and protection for Northern America region by tracking incoming threats like long range ballistic missiles and hostile aircraft. It's America's first line of defense against a nuclear strike.
Described as an extension of Google Now, Google Assistant is an artificial intelligence developed by Google that was first introduced at Google I/O event on May 2016.
How to get Santa's location
There are currently plenty of ways to track Santa's journey, starting on Dec. 24, Christmas eve, users can watch Santa make preparations for his journey with NORAD's streaming videos.
By the next day, users can speak with a live phone operator to inquire as to Santa's location by dialing the toll-free number 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723). They can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to check Santa's whereabouts.
Starting on Dec. 24, Windows Phone users can instantly ask Cortana for Santa's location. GM's OnStar subscribers can press the OnStar button right in their cars to get Santa's location.
NORAD Tracks Santa apps are now available for download at Google, Apple, and Windows app stores.
In addition, tracking opportunities are also available on social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Google+ page. Avid Santa trackers just need to type the keyword @noradsanta in the search engines to learn more about how to track Santa on NORAD.
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