Remember those hints of a "Google Workshop" with user-customizable phone cases with matching wallpapers that Android Police showed off back in April? Those were really cool, huh? Well, this is not that. Unless your name is Skrillex.
Yes indeed, the well-known dubstep perpetrator Skrillex now has his own collection of phone cases on sale in the Google Store. At the moment the "Live Case" comes in three designs, available for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy Note 4. The cases actually have a bit of extra functionality: a "shortcut" button, which looks like it's activated via an NFC tag between the case and the phone. The shortcut can be set to any app or website - it looks like it uses the same dialog as a homescreen shortcut. Owning one of the cases gives you access to a free OWSLA album and updates from the artist himself.
All of them come with matching live wallpapers, hence the "live" name and the odd requirement for a minimum version of Android. The price for the slip case in "Space Shield,""Circuit Bae," and "Lil Planet" styles is $40.00 for all five phones, which isn't terrible considering the extra smart button feature. At the moment the Nexus versions are shipping in 1-2 business days, but the Samsung models won't be headed out until early June.
Here's a video showing off the creation of these cases, and a bit of the information behind the live wallpaper.
- The Google Store