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Google Planning Workshop Through Play Store, Create Custom Cases for Your Nexus 5

It appears as though Google will soon be making the Nexus 5 a bit more customizable, at least, according to the newest leak from Android Police. In screenshots reportedly ripped from a dog food version of the Play Store, Google is working on a Workshop, which will allow consumers to create and customize their very own Nexus 5 covers, as well as custom live wallpapers to go along with their exterior theme. 

As we can see in screenshots taken from Google’s site, there will be many preset options to choose from, as well as the ability to upload your own photos to make a case out of. As of right now, the only option for “customizing” your Nexus 5 is by buying a different color (White, Red, and Black), or purchasing a very expensive mono-color case option from Google Play. Of course, other retailers sell other options.


On Google Play, under a new Workshop tab, there will be a few options to help you choose what type of imagery you would like. There is a MapMe tool and a Moments tool. The MapMe tool will allow you to create a case based on a specific location, such as Paris or your hometown.

The Moments tool is specifically for uploading your own photos, and then, uploading more photos to create a live wallpaper to go along with your case.


There is no current word on pricing or availability, but for some odd reason, we get the feeling that it won’t be cheap, given Google’s history with Nexus accessory pricing.

If Workshop does in fact come to fruition, will you be creating a custom case for yourself?


Via: Android Police
  • DonSerrot

    I imagine what they are going to do is keep the Nexus 5 around and have both the 5 and 6 together. I’d say giving the 5 more customization would be a good way to make the phone feel new again. Depending on the price I might do it.

  • Jprime

    This must b for the Verizon nexus 5 that’s coming out….

  • Rx7freek

    Trying to get as much as they can before they replaxe with the 6. lol

  • ClickFire_

    If the 5.9 inch Nexus 6 is the only phone this fall I will keep my Nexus 5 and do this.

  • droidrazredge

    Google’s prepping stuff for when they debut the Moto Nexus and Nexus Motomaker! #MotoMoney

    • ClickFire_

      Good point I never thought about that before.

    • Nexus4Life

      Or they are just going to copy the Moto X maker and make it available for the Nexus/ Silver program.

  • grumpyfuzz

    The time on the devices is 12:06.

    Half life 3 confirmed.

  • Cael

    Nexus 5 (2014) rumors continue!

  • TR1

    My wife would love this. One of the reasons she doesn’t want to switch from GS3 is because of the stupid Lilly Pulvitzer case.

  • Cool

  • AeroSlingShot

    This is of much interest to me.

  • pookietookie

    Finally I can get the pr0n case I’ve always wanted.

  • Daniel Russell

    This sounds like a test run before the new nexus phone.

  • Jake

    It would be great if Google did this for the other devices including non-nexus phones and tablets.

  • 213ninja

    no wood backs????? WTF!!!!

    • Marc

      Just take a close up picture of a tree and print it on your case.

      • kikoolol

        ahahahaha that was funny dude

  • epps720

    This would have been awesome… a year ago!

    • Pretty much.

    • hoodieNation

      A year ago…on Verizon… 🙁

    • James Polk

      My thoughts exactly @epps720:disqus. This news coming out the same week as building rumors of a Moto-made Nexus (6?) mean that I’m putting very little into my N5 anymore.

      • ClickFire_

        Yeah but not everyone wants a
        5.9 inch phone.

    • I’d still get one, but yeah, it seems sort of late in the game, unless the N5 will continue on as a sort of entry-priced phone even after the N6 “phablet” launches.

  • jhjr24

    Yes I would

  • Suicide_Note

    I would definitely do this if they make it available for the Nexus 6 launch.

  • Corey Foltman

    oooo just in time for the Nexus 6 to come out…typical google.

    • Justin Kos

      glad they are still supporting the nexus 5 a year later (even though they should) and im sure they will have it for the next iteration nexus

  • Greg Morgan

    Yes Please!

  • MrSonicBoom

    Ooooo This is a very good idea. Lets hope it comes to the UK as well. I would be up for a custom case 😀