Google quietly acquires British tech startup Redux that turns screens into speakers

Posted January 12, 2018

Google quietly acquired a United Kingdom -based company which turns the surface of devices such as smartphones into speakers with its technology.

The acquisition is reflected on Crunchbase, and in confirmed transfer of shares within United Kingdom regulatory filings.

Redux developed technology that eliminates the need for small speakers in mobile phones, freeing up space for batteries or other components, the Cambridge, U.K. -based startup said on its now defunct website.

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A spokesperson for Google refused to comment on the price of the acquisition or any further details. Bezel-less phones will benefit a great deal from the speaker-display tech and will be able to further reduce the jawline. I am not sure but the display-speaker integration may also help Google improve the haptic feedback on their phones.

So far, Redux has only been able to integrate its technologies inside PCs and some infotainment systems for vehicles, but none have made its way to commercially available mobile devices yet.

Google has snapped up the tech to make full-screen smartphones without an iPhone X style notch, using the touchscreen itself as a speaker. For Panel Audio, they are using special actuators that "deliver naturalistic wide-frequency-range audio from a panel or display (without micro-speakers and apertures) - providing a versatile and robust overall solution". At the CES consumer electronics conference in Las Vegas this week, Google is heavily promoting its voice-controlled speakers that compete with Amazon.com Inc.'s Echo device.

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Google has acquired a United Kingdom startup that can turn mobile device displays into speakers.

Redux has demoed its technology on smartphone and tablet displays, in the past, and that very well may be Google Inc (GOOG)'s core intended use for this exciting technology.

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