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Tell us about your new phone cases for Android handsets, Skrillex.

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Google announced some new Android phone cases today. Ho hum, right? Typically, I'd be with you, and couldn't be bothered to mention it. But there are a couple of neat things about this one. For starters: Skrillex. (We'll get to Skrillex in a minute.)

But also the cases — the first in a series of limited-edition cases — come embedded with NFC chips — which means the case is communicating with the phone itself. And it essentially activates the phone to do different things. This first set of cases, which Google designed with Skrillex, will send the people who have it “VIP” content from the artist, and it also has some nifty location-aware features that change your phone's wallpaper: During the day it shows photos shot by a special Skrillex satellite (named after his dog), and at night it shows constellations based on where you are.

So we talked to Skrillex. In a phone call with BuzzFeed News, he described how the idea came out and what it was like working with Google.

Hey Skrillex! How did you get together with Google to do this?

Skrillex: We actually, cool enough, got approached by Google and the team about this new phone case and it was an email — and from there we did a bunch of Skype calls and figured this out.

Skrillex: We actually, cool enough, got approached by Google and the team about this new phone case and it was an email — and from there we did a bunch of Skype calls and figured this out.

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