According to Bloomberg, the company acquired a Cambridge, UK startup called Redux that makes technology created to turn surfaces into speakers. "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".
Bloomberg said a Google spokesperson declined to comment, but it's thought Alphabet could use Redux's engineering capacity to improve the quality of sound on its handsets. The company had 178 granted patents, according to its LinkedIn page. Should Google use this tech to remove the need for speakers in its future smartphones, it would free up space for other components and perhaps larger batteries, while doing away with bezels altogether.
Now, Alphabet company Google has reportedly acquired a company which could help with that headache.
The acquisition date isn't known, but shares of Redux's holding company were confirmed transferred to Google on December 13. Not only does this mean that more advanced haptic feedback is possible, but the displays can also be used as speakers. It had raised $5 million in Series B funding from Arie Capital on March 22nd, 2017.
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So far, Redux has only been able to use its technologies inside PCs and some vehicle infotainment systems - but that could be about to change. Redux imagined many potential uses for its products, but the first application listed-and by far, the most interesting-is for mobile devices like phones.
Google quietly purchased a United Kingdom firm called Redux sometime a year ago.
This appears to be the latest in a string of takeovers from the tech conglomerate.
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.