Google’s Santa Tracker App now on GitHub

It’s Christmas in August as we look back at Google’s winter-themed Santa Tracker app, which lets users follow Santa as he journeys around the world to deliver presents. The app also had a variety of minigames that you could play on your phone or TV.

Santa Tracker

Now the code is available on GitHub for anyone to look and learn from it. In their blog post, they explain how they were able to create a single APK that scales across a phone, tablet, and television. Additionally, a number of neat enhancements were done on the web side as well.

The website was done using responsive design principles and web components library Polymer. This allowed them to deliver a scalable web app that use a number of the latest JavaScript APIs.

If you’re planning on building a cross-platform app, this sample can be a great reference point as it shows how to do a lot of different things and should allow developers to understand how a small snippet contributes to the overall codebase.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker)Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop.Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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