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Google buys a firm that turns screens into speakers

12 January, 2018, 03:34 | Author: Janis Wilson
  • Alphabet Inc.’s Google division started selling its own smartphones in 2016 so new engineering talent from Redux may help the company develop handsets with better sound

In August, Google acquired the company for an undisclosed amount.

Redux was founded in 2013 and is focused on turning mobile screens into speakers using vibration. As expected the Redux website is now down and Google is expected to officially announce the acquisition. It also creates solutions to create so-called haptic feedback, which allows users to carry out different tasks on current smartphones by applying different pressure to the screen.

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

Redux has invented and developed a technology that helps eliminate the need for speakers in mobile phones, freeing up valuable space for batteries or other add-ons.

Social media promotion of the company through its own accounts ended in April 2017 while financial accounts for NVF Tech - the name under which Redux is registered - show Google employees were made directors in July, while employees of Redux and its investor Arie Capital were removed.

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At the time, it said the sound quality was 'decent'. However, both smartphones needed to have some bezels to make that possible.

Google has acquired a United Kingdom startup that can turn mobile device displays into speakers. Google will probably implement the tech in the upcoming Pixel lineup.

The company now has 178 granted patents and more than 50 patents pending.

At the CES consumer electronics conference in Las Vegas this week, Google is heavily promoting its voice-controlled speakers that compete with Amazon's Echo device.

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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