Google seems to be working on a customization suite dubbed the Google Workshop to add some personalization options to its line of Nexus devices.
Google Workshop has been spotted through leaked images, depicting various options for the customization of cases and live wallpapers for the Nexus 5. This achieved through one of two tools: MapMe or Moments. Cases and wallpapers designed by MapMe draws inspiration from your location, using map images as the base design of the case, with the option to select color schemes and overlaying text. Moments cater for those who want to design their case from scratch, encouraging users to upload their own photos or images which will then be printed on the case. Unused photos can also be integrated into a custom live wallpaper.
As smartphone designs today are becoming more monotonous, personalization of a device is becoming a highly sought after trait. With the plethora of custom cases on the market as well as the success of customization hubs such as the Moto Maker, it’s no surprise that Google have also jumped on the personalization band wagon. Although still in its infancy and only catering to the Nexus 5 at the moment, the potential of Google Workshop is there and may expand from more than just custom case and wallpaper. It may even herald the arrival of Google’s own version of the Moto Maker for its Nexus devices. Perhaps the only sticking point with this project is how much these customized products will cost.
All in all, the Google Workshop is a welcome addition to the Google ecosystem and adds more value to the Nexus line.