October 5, 2016
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Google had its big moment yesterday when it officially announced its shift in mobile phone strategy. With the all-new Pixel phones, Google will now be overseeing every part of its own smartphone manufacturing and sales. The Pixel phones boast impressive cameras and software integration, but one of the biggest drawbacks is that they are not water-resistant. But that’s about to change with LifeProof’s new cases, which will allegedly protect your Pixel device against water damage up to 6.6 feet. These cases will be drop-proof to 6.6 feet, and dirt- and snow-proof as well.

Sure, the Pixel and the Pixel XL have a DxOMark of 89, the highest ever for a smartphone camera. And sure, they come with Google Assistant, Google’s version of Siri. But the search giant’s new smartphones are only IP53 certified. This means that they are dust-resistant (to a lesser extent than the Galaxy S7 or the iPhone 7) and merely splash-resistant. This means that “water falling as a spray at any angle up to 60 degrees from the vertical shall have no harmful effect” on the device. Considering the fact that most modern flagships now withstand an actual dip in the water, the IP53 certification is a bit of a disappointment.

LifeProof announces FRE for Pixel(TM) 5.0" and Pixel XL(TM) 5.5", coming soon. (PRNewsFoto/LifeProof)

Well, the guys at LifeProof know that and want to change it. With the new Pixel and Pixel XL LifeProof cases, which you see above, it seems like your Pixel phones will be much sturdier:

The precision-engineered designs are waterproof to 6.6 feet, drop proof to 6.6 feet, dirt proof and snow proof. A built-in screen protector helps keep the display free of scratches and all device features and functionality remain intact.

These cases will be sold directly through Verizon in the near future; the pricing is unknown currently, but we will be sure to keep you updated!

Are you interested in buying one for your Pixel phone? Let us know in the comments below!

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LifeProof announces cases for Pixel, Phone by Google

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 5, 2016 /PRNEWSWIRE/ – Google has changed the mobile experience time and time again with a never-ending list of user-friendly innovations. Pixel5.0″ and Pixel XL 5.5″ continue the tradition of fast, smart Google devices that once again change the way smartphones are used. LifeProof, the No. 1-selling waterproof case in the U.S., announces FRĒ for Pixel 5.0″ and Pixel XL 5.5″, coming soon.*

Pixel 5.0″ and Pixel XL 5.5″ will be available at Verizon Wireless and LifeProof FRĒ will be the only waterproof case available for the new Google devices.

“Today’s smartphones have become constant companions, here to enhance our experiences and help us make personal connections with the world around us,” said LifeProof CEO Jim Parke. “LifeProof FRĒ will help Pixel 5.0″ and Pixel XL 5.5″ fans tackle more than ever before. We’re excited to extend our award-winning lineup to cover Google devices.”

Having unlimited storage for photos and videos on Pixel 5.0″ and Pixel XL 5.5″ means no more worrying about adventures getting cut short. LifeProof cases help take on the next big excursion and bring back proof, regardless of the conditions. The slim, precision-engineered designs are waterproof to 6.6 feet, drop proof to 6.6 feet, dirt proof and snow proof. A built-in screen protector helps keep the display free of scratches and all device features and functionality remain intact.

All LifeProof Pixel 5.0″ and Pixel XL 5.5″ cases sold at verizonwireless.com and Verizon Wireless retail locations include the Verizon-exclusive Total Water Protection Program (TWPP). TWPP covers repair or replacement of a registered case and device in case of accidental water damage for one year. Visit verizonwireless.com for details.

Visit lifeproof.com to learn more about product availability and to sign up for email notifications.

 

About LifeProof:

LifeProof® encourages technology users to unleash the remarkable by taking their smartphone and tablet devices on every adventure regardless of dirt, sand, water, rocks and other environmental hazards. LifeProof premium cases boast four-proof protection for smartphone and tablet devices and provide freedom from environmental constraints. LifeProof is the No. 1-selling waterproof case in the U.S. and is committed to inspiring its customers to live an active, no-limits lifestyle.

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Brian Reigh
Brian Reigh is a contributor at Android Authority, covering all Android-related news and features. He has always been passionate about technology, especially mobile phones. He is a recent alum of Dartmouth College and is currently in law school.
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