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

Google has bought a company that turns any surface into a speaker

Google has bought a company that turns any surface into a speaker

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

It reported that Redux is able to turn screens into a speakers by vibrating the screen itself using small actuators. Redux's website is now blank, and its official Twitter account has not posted an update in almost nine months.

The acquisition is reflected on Crunchbase, and in confirmed transfer of shares within United Kingdom regulatory filings. It wasn't made clear when Google bought the startup or how much money it spent to buy Redux, but the acquisition happened in August 2017, according to Crunchbase. "When it comes to mobile phones, we are not only saving valuable real estate and creating a waterproof housing, we are eliminating the need for additional speaker holes and most importantly, improving the audio quality".

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. Google did not say how it plans to implement Redux's technology. "With 178 granted patents, over 50 pending patent applications, and global engagement with leaders in multiple vertical markets, our vision is to bring the next generation of user experience to every consumer".

At CES 2018, Google mainly focused on promoting its smart speakers and its new line of Smart Display devices, its direct competitor to the Amazon Echo Show.

The last public communication from Redux was in April 2017, when it unveiled its Panel Audio technology, which uses haptic vibrations and "bending wave" sounds to turn smartphone and tablet screens into high-quality speakers.

Last year, on the sly, Google purchased United Kingdom startup Redux.

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