An image of the Nexus 6 in a custom case shared by a Google employee on Google+ has fueled speculations that the little-known Google Workshop may still be alive. And it may bring exciting new custom cases for Nexus 6 and other devices in the future. The post was deleted shortly thereafter, but not before Android Police saved it for all to see.
Nexus 6 with Google Maps case leaks
The leaked case is covered in a Google Maps image with the caption “Google Maps custom case.” It looks pretty similar to the ones featured in the MapMe section of Google Workshop. Last year, Android Police reported that Google Workshop would allow users to create custom cases and live wallpapers for their Nexus devices.
Sources told Android Police that most of the Workshop interface and user experience had been built out. It has two main tools called ‘MapMe’ and ‘Moments,’ to create custom cases and live wallpapers. MapMe lets users choose any location in the world and create a custom wallpaper or case with it. Users can also change the color scheme and add text.
Google Workshop may not be too far off
Moments is a bit more traditional, allowing users to choose one or more of their photos for the wallpaper or case. If Google launches the service for Nexus 6, it will certainly make users happy. Android Police notes that Workshop was “still in an exploratory phase.” The appearance of the case indicates that the service may not be too far off.
It’s worth pointing out that the Google employee specifically mentioned that it was a “Google Maps” custom case. The search engine giant prohibits Maps images from being used on things that will be resold, such as mugs and t-shirts. So, chances are the user got the Nexus 6 custom case from the only source that has the right to resell items with Google Maps imagery. And that source is Google itself. It indicates that the Workshop may still be alive.