Cambridge-based Redux bought by Google

Phillip Butler
January 12, 2018

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

The acquisition is reflected on Crunchbase, and in confirmed transfer of shares within United Kingdom regulatory filings. As expected the Redux website is now down and Google is expected to officially announce the acquisition. The Verge had some hands-on time with the company's tech previous year, trying out a tablet which vibrated its screen to function as a speaker, as well as a number of displays that used haptic feedback to mimic the feel of buttons, sliders, and dials. Bezel-less phones will benefit a great deal from the speaker-display tech and will be able to further reduce the jawline. The actual deal was reportedly made in August 2017. 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.

Although Redux has already integrated similar technology inside PCs and automotive infotainment systems, it has recently focused on bringing the same technology to mobile devices. This also opens up the possibility of placing even more components in future devices, like larger battery. This technology has interesting ramifications and possible uses in Google's consumer lineup. "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".

Of course, Apple isn't the only gadget maker constantly in search of new ways to free up space inside its smartphones and other products.

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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