Google Workshop details leaked, allows you to make custom cases for your Nexus

by: Andrew GrushAugust 1, 2014



Looking for a way to make your Nexus stand out from the rest of the pack? According to Android Police, they have received reliable information about a new Google tool that could certainly help with this effort. Allegedly called Google Workshop, the tool would allow you to make a custom case for your Nexus 5, and presumably the program would apply to future Nexus devices like the rumored Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.

As you’ll see in the page layout screenshots below, Google already has the interface for this service nearly ready to go, though it’s unclear when it might debut. According to AP, Google is currently just ‘exploring’ the option, but we wouldn’t be too surprised if this debuts alongside the next-gen Nexus 9 (and/or Nexus 6)– at least we hope!

As for the level of customization, you have basically two options, MapMe or Moments. The former of these lets you make a custom case and live wallpaper of a location of your choice. The map location case can also be further customized with different colors or text, and the live wallpaper will show things like location-specific weather or tweets.


Moments lets you upload precious pictures and choose which ones you want to use for your case. While photos seem to be emphasized here, you can probably use just about any image you want. Aside from uploading the pic, you also can add filters to the image, add messages and more. Again, there’s a live wallpaper that will also allow you to add more photos.

We have to say to say this is pretty damn cool, even if it sounds like it will only be limited to select Nexus devices. Of course, Google accessories (really any brand-name accessory from an OEM) are generally on the expensive side, and we have a feeling that Google Workshop cases will be no exception. What do you think, excited by the idea of Google Workshop?

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  • Haseeb

    So no water resistant Nexus for us? Damn!

  • Sal

    This is a very cool idea! Makes me want to hold on longer for a Nexus 6.

  • wezi427

    I think it’s a great idea. I hope they add further customization like the Moto maker like the ability to color coordinate with the case that I design.

  • MasterMuffin

    Something tells me this will be US only…

    • Crutchcorn

      But any progress is good progress. I hope one day companies will realize how to properly send things to everywhere

      • MasterMuffin

        At most they will take this to UK and maybe Germany. Don’t know what Google’s favourite countries are in other continents

  • Ivan Budiutama

    well some custom skin house in my country already did so, in a good way, o don’t be a fool, the screen has a matching wallpaper to match the bazel

  • Anshu
  • Mf Lye

    Artscow is having this for the longest time already

  • TechLover

    Not really excited: I’m not into this sort of cover customizing

  • Crutchcorn

    Glad to see Google something as cool as this!

  • akemsley

    So this is just for cases and not for the phone itself?