Google’s new Pixel phone case will put the day’s news where you can’t avoid it!

Google has officially revealed its new pure Android smartphones in the form of the Pixel and Pixel XL. They are also the first phones to come with Google Assistant, the company’s new voice-activated helper, built in.

The two devices launch in place of the Nexus handsets, carrying simplified “G” branding representing the tagline “Made By Google”. It is widely thought HTC is the manufacturer behind the smartphones, acting as a contractor for Google, rather than a partner as has been the case with Nexus devices in the past.

Google is releasing two “Live” phone cases for its Pixel today that not only look nice on phones but also change the wallpaper daily. The more logical of the cases is Google Earth-themed, which changes your phone’s wallpaper to a different landscape photo pulled from Google Earth each day. You can press the shortcut button to learn more about that location, too. The live wallpaper magic relies on a NFC connection.

Okay, so the Google Earth case sounds nifty and perhaps even useful for discovering new places. Good job, Google.

The other new phone case is truly questionable. The Google Trends Live Case sets trending search topics as your wallpaper, which could get depressing real fast. For now, the cases are only available in the US and Canada, but the topics will change depending on where users are located. Double tapping on a trending topic will flip to a new one, whereas pressing the shortcut button will provide more details.

Both the Google Earth Live Case and the Google Trends Live Case cost $49.99 and are available through Google’s online store, Best Buy, and Verizon. Try not to get too down on current events, just focus on your gorgeous Pixel.



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