Google acquires United Kingdom startup with speaker-less audio & sound-based haptics tech

Cambridge-based Redux bought by Google

Yeah, that wasn't the reason. Occupying some of that space with a legacy port that serves only one goal is inefficient, especially when that objective is audio playback, which can be accommodated by the Lightning port and by Bluetooth. It is not clear if all the employees would join the Google after the acquisition is complete. The UK Based startup called Redux is involved in developing technology that would integrate the speakers directly into the phone.

It is unclear what work the Redux team will do for Google, or already has been doing, but it's possible that they could be working to use the technology to improve the sound quality of Google's own smartphones.

However, the more interesting application of Redux's technology is tactile feedback.

As noted above, this intriguing new tech can also be used to produce haptic feedback, or physical responses to taps and swipes.

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Google has declined to comment on the acquisition, including how much might have been paid for Redux.

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. Our design allows free modal behaviour of the panel component which is key to the function of the speaker. Bezel-less phones will benefit a great deal from the speaker-display tech and will be able to further reduce the jawline. In fact, Sony's flagship OLED television from 2017 - the Bravia A1E - features similar technology.

Google has snapped up the tech to make full-screen smartphones without an iPhone X style notch, using the touchscreen itself as a speaker.

According to regulatory filings, the transaction, as a part of which Google's United Kingdom subsidiary bought all the shares of Redux holding company NVF Tech Ltd., was completed in December previous year.

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