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

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

Google did not provide Bloomberg with any details, including purchasing price or other acquisition information.

With the acquisition, Google now has an extra 178 patents under its belt, which it can use to enhance its future smartphone and other devices - perhaps even future Google Home hardware. With this technology in place, manufacturers can produce phones without a speaker, and use the extra internal space for larger batteries and extra components. 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". In March of previous year, it raised $5 million in funding, with Crunchbase noting that the deal took place in August, with an Irish-based subsidiary of Google conducting the deal. Redux is able to turn screens into a speakers by vibrating the screen itself. On Ivanov's profile page, it says that Redux achieved a "successful exit" in August 2017, but it does not state the buyer.

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 will probably implement the tech in the upcoming Pixel lineup.

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Alphabet has acquired Redux via an Ireland-based subsidiary of Google.

Sometime previous year, Google quietly acquired a United Kingdom startup doing rather interesting work with sound, including a new type of speaker and haptic feedback. The feature would eliminate the need for separate speakers but still let users play audio, potentially creating opportunities for Google to develop new smartphone design concepts.

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