Google acquires UK-based sound tech startup Redux at an undisclosed amount

Cambridge-based Redux bought by Google

According to Bloomberg, Redux was purchased via an Ireland-based subsidiary of Google at some point previous year.

It is unclear when Alphabet - via an Ireland-based subsidiary of Google - acquired Redux, but the transfer of shares of Redux holding company NVF Tech Ltd.to the US tech giant was confirmed on December 13, according to United Kingdom regulatory filings.

Google has snapped up the tech to make full-screen smartphones without an iPhone X style notch, using the touchscreen itself as a speaker. The Verge was actually able to try out the startup's technology previous year on a tablet.

At the time, it said the sound quality was 'decent'. These actuators will vibrate the screen allowing it to emit sound like a regular speaker. Before the acquisition, Redux focused not only on the mobile market, but also on the computing, automotive, and industrial markets, so its technology seems flexible enough to be used in several fields. Redux has demoed the tech with a custom-built PC monitor. Google has made no mention of the acquisition as of yet. That would surely help with any bezel-less ambitions Google might have with the Pixel line, seeing how the Pixel 2 XL trends in that direction, though the phone features two front-facing speakers. This technology can free up space in the devices, creating room for batteries or other components. It could also improve waterproofing for future phones since it eliminates the need for speaker holes.

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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.

It remains to be seen what Google's plans are for this technology.

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