Google will now offer smart cases for your smartphones, and the internet firm has partnered with Grammy-winning producer Skrillex to develop the cases. On Wednesday, Google unveiled the first set of cases for some Nexus and Samsung smartphones. The cases are called “Editions,” and were designed by DJ Skrillex.
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Attractive cases from Google
If it’s Google, it certainly has to be different, so the cases from Google will connect with the devices and automatically change the screen wallpaper. During the daytime, the wallpaper will show earth pictures as seen from satellites launched by Google specifically for this project. And in the night, the wallpapers will show constellations visible to the phone. For the project, Skrillex himself launched the satellite, which is named after his dog Nanou.
Along with the wallpapers, the case will also have a unique button that will by default make available Skrillex’s YouTube feed, but a user can also customize the button to work as a camera shutter or a shortcut to any specific app, etc.
“The Skrillex Live Case connects to your phone to bring you VIP access to Skrillex content and a companion live wallpaper that extends its design onto the screen,” Google said in a blog post.
Smarter than iPod socks
Google is selling the cases for $40, and they are available on the company’s online store. As of now, the cases are available for Google’s Nexus 5 and 6 and Samsung’s Galaxy S5, S6 and Note 4. Also they are being offered in three designs; Space Shield, Circuit Bae, and Lil Planet. Since they are limited edition, they will be available until June or supply lasts. Google’s cases are similar to the iPod socks from Apple but are smarter. It is believed that going forward, Google will partner with more artists, and each Edition is expected to be designed by a different but well-known artist.
In related news, Google Glass was taken off the market for consumers earlier this year, but recently there have been reports that the internet giant is growing its Glass team. Business Insider spotted several job postings for “smart eyewear and other related products.” The job postings related to audio, RF systems, automation and ergonomic design. Recently, Tony Fadell, head of Google Glass unit, said that their team members are working hard and are excited “about the future and expect more things to come soon.”