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Google developing Moto Maker-like smartphone customization tool called “Workshop”


Google is reportedly in the process of developing a new platform that will let users create custom smartphone cases and wallpapers. Referred to as “Workshop,” the budding project only works with the Nexus 5 for now, but it’s possible that it may support other devices whenever Mountain View officially opens it up to the public. Still in its infancy, Workshop is comprised of two tools: MapMe and Moments.

MapMe lets users design custom wallpapers and cases based on a specific location, but Workshop will also feature pre-loaded options like special landmarks. After selecting a location, users can add color and text to their project to spice things up a bit. Custom wallpapers will be interactive and will have the option to display location specific information, such as tweets, weather and other localized content.

Workshop’s Moments feature lets users import photos from their computer or Google+ albums and set them as custom case images and live wallpapers. Similar to MapMe, people can add personalized text that can be positioned at the top, middle or bottom of their Moments designed case.

Google’s ownership of Motorola Mobility may have been short-lived, however it’s obvious the company’s Moto Maker platform left a lasting impression on the search giant. Workshop is still in its early development stages, so pricing and release information are unknown at this time.


(via Android Police)

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