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

12 January, 2018, 03:32 | Author: Darren Santiago
  • Google has bought a company that turns any surface into a speaker

Like other major technology companies, Google acquires small startups all the time. I am not sure but the display-speaker integration may also help Google improve the haptic feedback on their phones. As expected the Redux website is now down and Google is expected to officially announce the acquisition.

It also has technologies that add haptic feedback on mobile displays, which provides vibrations to imitate what it feels like to push physical buttons. The transfer of shares was confirmed on December 13 based on United Kingdom regulatory filings.

Alphabet's Google has bought a United Kingdom -based startup that could dramatically change how you listen to music on your smartphones.

The startup called Redux developed the technology called Panel Audio that allowed the panels or screens to produce audio without needing any speakers.

When Apple Inc. (AAPL) ditched the standard 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone, and it said the reason was "courage"? that wasn't the reason, the actual reason was simple: in the ongoing fight to make thinner smartphones that pack in more and more tech, space is at a premium.

Some of Redux's tech has already appeared in PCs and vehicle infotainment systems. What we do care about is this tech that we could see used on some level in future Pixel phones or other touchscreen devices from Google.

Redux raised $5m in March 2017 from investors including Arie Capital.

It has also emerged that the company quietly purchased a United Kingdom startup called Redux in August.

Google has made a concerted effort at CES to promote new features in its series of voice-controlled speakers. If Google doesn't put Redux's technology in a smartphone, it's certainly possible that the company could put it on one of its very own Smart Displays.

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