When we’re talking about custom smartphone designs, our thoughts immediately go to Motorola, the Moto X, and Moto Maker; with options ranging from colors to different materials, there’s a lot of room to put together a phone that’s uniquely yours. But what about custom cases? Sure, there are any number of third party companies that will help you put together a case unlike anything else that’s out there, and you could even go the DIY route with a 3D printer, but a new leak suggests that Google could be getting into the custom case game itself, and may be launching a tool called Workshop to help shoppers design their own cases for Nexus phones.
At least, the site as it’s leaked so far only depicts Nexus 5 cases, but it gives users a lot of flexibility when it comes to how these cases look. Right now it looks like Google is giving users two primary ways to choose a case design in Workshop: MapMe and Moments. MapMe pulls from the company’s own map imagery to create a modern-looking, clean design. Users can select the color scheme of their choice, as well as the option of overlaying the map with some text.
That sounds fine, if not a little limiting. If you’d rather go with a design that’s all your own, Moments sounds more your speed. That will let users upload their own photos for printing right onto a custom case. Beyond that, you’ll also be able integrate photos you don’t end up using for your case into a custom live wallpaper.
While the leak tells us all that, it’s not without some big holes; what might these custom cases cost, for instance? Nexus phones are known for being quite affordable, but their accessories have generally been on the pricey side. And would this service really debut on a model as old as the Nexus 5 is getting, or could Google put this project on ice until the Nexus 6 rolls around?
Source: Android Police