Google acquires United Kingdom technology start-up Redux

Google acquires United Kingdom technology start-up Redux

Google acquires United Kingdom technology start-up Redux

The UK Based startup called Redux is involved in developing technology that would integrate the speakers directly into the phone.

Sometime past year, Google quietly acquired a United Kingdom startup doing rather interesting work with sound, including a new type of speaker and haptic feedback.

On Wednesday night, a report revealed on Bloomberg quietly that Google acquisition of "Redux" could have major implications down the road. Should Google use this tech to remove the need for speakers in its future smartphones, it would free up space for other components and perhaps larger batteries, while doing away with bezels altogether.

It's not yet known when Alphabet - through an Ireland-based subsidiary of Google - bought the startup, but United Kingdom regulatory filings show that the transfer of shares was completed in mid-December.

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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.

It reported that Redux is able to turn screens into a speakers by vibrating the screen itself using small actuators. Based on the publicly available funding data, Redux Labs raised a total of $5 million to date. Redux has demoed the tech with a custom-built PC monitor.

While no one was paying attention at the end of 2017, Google swooped in and purchased a company in the United Kingdom called Redux that has a couple of pretty unique ideas around display panels. This technology has interesting ramifications and possible uses in Google's consumer lineup. 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.

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

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