Google Buys UK-Based Phone Screen Speaker Startup

Google Buys UK-Based Phone Screen Speaker Startup

Redux's said in 2017 that its patented bending wave techniques could allow it to turn a smartphone screen into a high-quality speaker.

Google - based in California - has secretly acquired a tech start-up company based in Cambridge, UK that could turn any surface into a speaker.

It's not yet known when Alphabet - through an Ireland-based subsidiary of Google - bought the startup, but United Kingdom regulatory filings show that the transfer of shares was completed in mid-December.

According to Bloomberg, Redux was purchased via an Ireland-based subsidiary of Google at some point previous year. In August, Google acquired the company for an undisclosed amount. The sound quality is said to be "decent". If replaced, that could leave more space for a larger battery or other components: even, perhaps, the return of the 3.5mm headphone jack, were Google so inclined.

The company now has 178 granted patents and more than 50 patents pending. Backed by investors including Arie Capital, Redux raised $5 million in March 2017, and concentrated on markets including computing, mobile, automotive and industrial controls.


Someone had a go on it almost a year ago and it appeared genuine, with the haptic actuators also serving to add depth to the feel of the display.

So far, Redux has only been able to integrate its technologies inside PCs and some infotainment systems for vehicles, but none have made its way to commercially available mobile devices yet.

Google has made a concerted effort at CES to promote new features in its series of voice-controlled speakers.

Redux specialised in transforming any surface into a speaker and Google purchased the company late past year.

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