Google acquired a United Kingdom startup that turns mobile screens into speakers

12 January, 2018, 00:27 | Author: Sam Montgomery
  • Cambridge-based Redux bought by Google

Google quietly acquired a United Kingdom -based company which turns the surface of devices such as smartphones into speakers with its technology. The startup is developing technology, and it will be able to turn certain surfaces into speakers.

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

"Our technology enables smartphone manufacturers to reclaim valuable space within phones, which could be filled by a bigger battery", Redux Chief Executive Nedko Ivanov said at the time.

The startup held 178 patents, according to the company's LinkedIn page, almost all relating to using the surfaces of smartphones, tablets, and other devices into audio amplifiers. The transfer of shares between NVF Tech Limited, the holders of Redux and Google was confirmed on the 13th of December, last year.

The technology, developed by Redux, eliminates the necessity of small speakers in mobile devices. It's speculative, but it could be that Google plans on heating things up in the continued 2018 bezel race with some in-screen speakers on the next Pixel (s), or maybe it plans on using the company's improved haptics for a Taptic-like experience. But in the recent years, Google and other Alphabet subsidiaries have started focussing quite a lot on hardware products including Pixel smartphones, which seems like a good place to use the tech.

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Some of Redux's tech has already appeared in PCs and vehicle infotainment systems.

Google has made a concerted effort at CES to promote new features in its series of voice-controlled speakers.

Google quietly acquired a United Kingdom tech startup without anyone noticing - until now that is.

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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