If you’re a Google Pixel user who loves the playful creativity of Gboard’s Emoji Kitchen, Otterbox has just released the perfect accessory for you. Their new Emoji Kitchen cases for the Pixel 8a combine fun, functionality, and a touch of whimsy, making them a standout addition to any Pixel phone.

What sets these cases apart is their unique use of Google’s intellectual property. While it’s common to see “Made for Google” cases, these Emoji Kitchen cases are rare in that they incorporate another Google IP right into the design. This is a first-of-its-kind collaboration, marking the first time a third-party case has leveraged Google’s own intellectual property beyond just the iconic “G” logo. This means you’re getting a case that’s truly made for your Pixel, with a playful touch that reflects Google’s fun-loving spirit.

The cases, based on Otterbox’s clear React case, feature two charming designs: Silly Collage and Quirky Collage. Each case showcases a variety of goofy and quirky emoji mashups, embossed inside the clear case to prevent fading and scuffing. The Silly Collage design features fun combos like the “hotdog turtle” (🌭🐢) and the “melting sunglasses face” (😎🫠). Quirky Collage, on the other hand, includes the “bread cat” (🐱🍞) and the “balloon bundle sloth” (🦥🎈).

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These designs are not just printed on the surface; they’re intricately detailed, giving the impression of real stickers, making the cases both visually appealing and durable. If you’re feeling inspired, you can even try to recreate the Emoji Kitchen combinations yourself using Gboard. This article by 9to5Google has listed more case recipes that you can check out.

Despite their playful nature, these cases don’t compromise on functionality. They are fully compatible with the Pixel stand and other wireless chargers, essential features for Pixel 8a users. The slim design ensures that the case doesn’t add unnecessary bulk, making it a practical choice for everyday use. However, users might want to pair it with a screen protector due to the case’s short display lip.

Combining Emoji Kitchen’s creativity with a clear protective case captures the essence of Google’s playful software and affordable hardware. Otterbox has created a case that not only protects your Pixel 8a but also brings a smile to your face every time you look at it.

Looking ahead, the potential for customization is vast. With thousands of Emoji Kitchen combinations available, future releases could allow users to create personalized cases with their favorite emoji mashups. This level of customization would be a major hit among Pixel users looking to express their unique personalities through their phone accessories. While these cases are currently exclusive to the Pixel 8a, we’re hoping to see OtterBox expand this line to other Pixel models.

The Emoji Kitchen cases are available now for $49.95 in the US and £20.99 in the UK. While the price difference is a bit puzzling, these cases are a fun and unique way to show off your love for Pixel and Emoji Kitchen. Check them out and let us know which design is your favorite!

Hillary Keverenge
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Tech has been my playground for over a decade. While the Android journey began early, it truly took flight with the revolutionary Lollipop update. Since then, it's been a parade of Android devices (with a sprinkle of iOS), culminating in a mostly happy marriage with Google's smart home ecosystem. Expect insightful articles and explorations of the ever-evolving world of Android and Google products coupled with occasional rants on the Nest smart home ecosystem.