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Google’s holiday Doodle has finally arrived after being spotted around the world over the last two days. The early timing of the festive logo in Australia, was unusual and unexplained, but there seems to have been be two versions it – one static and, today, one animated, which also plays jingle bells. Some people were having trouble playing the animation in their web browsers so here is a video of the animation in action.
Besides Google’s animation, they have also provided us with multiple other holiday surprises this year. There is the “let it snow” Easter Egg, as well as YouTube now has a snowflake button to make it snow along with your video. If you have trouble finding the button on YouTube, just search “let it snow” on YouTube and see the snow appear!
Use all of these holiday features Google has set up for you and have a happy holiday!
Earlier today, Samsung announced that its line of Galaxy S phones, which include some of the most popular phones on the market today, will not be receiving the latest Android update, Ice Cream Sandwich.
This means that about 10 million people will be out of luck and will have to be satisfied with the outdated, Android 2.3 also known as Gingerbread until they decide to drop more money on a brand new phone.
Many of the Galaxy S users are asking, “Why??”. Well, Samsung says its hardware isn’t powerful enough to support Ice Cream Sandwich and its TouchWiz skin for Android. (TouchWiz is the extra layer of design Samsung adds to its Android phones)
This is awful news to many. With this announcement, Samsung has made Google look pretty foolish when Google said that Android devices will start getting on a somewhat unified update cycle, similar to what iPhone and Windows Phone users enjoy now.
This is making Android’s popularity fall pretty fast as their updating “system” needs some major work. It seems that the only way you are guaranteed the new Ice Cream Sandwich is if you purchase the new Galaxy Nexus phone otherwise you will be waiting weeks, months, or forever before Samsung decides that it’s time for your phone to be updated.
Like I said, this is causing Android’s ranking to fall to both Apple and Microsoft. Look at Microsoft, every single Windows Phone is eligible for the latest version of Windows Phone 7, even if the phone was released more than a year ago.
Google needs to get it together and figure out a way to keep its customers around or they will end up with little to no customers at all.
It’s a busy time of the year for Santa, but he finds a way to robocall the person of your choice, free. He’s also ready to listen to his voicemail.
Google is offering two Santa-related technologies this year. First, you can tell Santa what you would like for Christmas by leaving him a voicemail at his Google Voice number, 855-34-SANTA (855 347-2682). The call is free for residents in the United States and Canada. Outside of that, it will cost $.01 a minute.
Second, if you happen to live in the U.S., you can surprise your friend(s) or family by having Santa immediately send a customized voice message, complete with the person’s name, state, and a variety of other customizations, which can all be combined for hilarious results.
Google’s latest Easter egg has a holiday theme to it bringing snow to even those who live in the warmer parts of the world.
Typing “let it snow” into Google.com will return the normal search engine results for YouTube videos of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra singing the classic song. But then, a few snowflakes will start falling from the top of the screen until all the search results are obscured by a digital blizzard.
Eventually, your entire screen will fill up with “snow” at which point you can draw in/on the snow by clicking and dragging your mouse. You also have the option to “defrost” the screen which will get rid of the frost but snow will continue to fall.