Google has reportedly acquired a new startup that develops technology to turn phone displays into speakers. The acquisition of a UK-based startup Redux was made by Google last year in August silently without disclosing the amount, Bloomberg reports. Redux focuses on the technology that allows surfaces to emit sound vibrations – something that will eliminate the need for speakers on devices like smartphones and tablets.
Redux’s acquisition will transfer the ownership of several technologies, related to the production of sound from surfaces, to Google. Tech giants like Google keep acquiring multiple small and medium startups to boost their business and own their technologies at the same time. Google has a lot of potential to use this technology in its own products. Google last year stepped into manufacturing its own handsets and the company may use Redux’s technology to improve the sound mechanisms in the future smartphones. This will also give the company to increase the battery capacity as the space occupied by speakers will be gone.
Moreover, the technology allowing the surface to produce vibrations can also be used to create haptic feedback on the smartphone displays. Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL already support the ‘squeeze’ technology that allows users to press the edges of the smartphone to trigger predefined actions on the device without having to touch the screen. Google might bring some version of its ‘squeeze’ technology in its upcoming smartphone with the use of Redux’s technology.
According to Bloomberg, Google denied commenting on the price and other details of this acquisition. However, Crunchbase reports that the acquisition was made on August 6, 2017, which was around two and a half months after Redux raised $5 million from Arie Capital. Redux’s website has now become defunct but their LinkedIn page reveals that the startup owned up to 178 patents under its name.