Google quietly acquires British tech startup Redux that turns screens into speakers

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"Moreover, our surface audio technology is more power efficient than traditional micro speakers, which means people can play music and watch videos on their phones for longer between charges". Redux's website is now blank, and its official Twitter account has not posted an update in almost nine months.

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. Google might also use the acquisition to improve its future handsets' haptic feedback.

A United Kingdom regulatory filing from December 2017 showed that Google subsidiary Google Ireland Holdings Unlimited Company, bought all the shares of NVF Tech, the parent company of Redux Laboratories. In March of past year, it raised $5 million in funding, with Crunchbase noting that the deal took place in August, with an Irish-based subsidiary of Google conducting the deal.

At the time, it said the sound quality was 'decent'. This kind of imitates the sensation that makes it feel like users are actually pushing buttons or adjusting sliders on a device's display.

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

Though Redux's website has been shut down, you can check out a web archive of the site where the company explains its technology and mentions that it has 177 total patents, with 115 of them granted.

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. If Google doesn't put Redux's technology in a smartphone, it's certainly possible that the company could put it on one of its very own Smart Displays.