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Google acquired a United Kingdom startup that turns mobile screens into speakers

Google acquired a United Kingdom startup that turns mobile screens into speakers

Redux was founded in 2013 and is focused on turning mobile screens into speakers using vibration.

The space saved by opting for such a technology will go a long way in helping manufacturers add other extra features like an FM chip or an NFC chip.

Redux said that Panel Audio removes the need for physical buttons, speaker grills and other gaps, enabling the creation of fully sealed phones that would be completely waterproof.

Amidst the excitement and glee associated with the ongoing CES, Google has quietly acquired a startup. The transfer of shares between NVF Tech Limited, the holders of Redux and Google was confirmed on the 13th of December, last year. It also creates solutions to create so-called haptic feedback, which allows users to carry out different tasks on current smartphones by applying different pressure to the screen.

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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. According to its LinkedIn page, Redux has been 78 granted patents, over 50 pending patent applications, and global engagement with leaders in multiple vertical markets, our vision is to bring the next generation of user experience to every consumer. The Pixel 2 in particular had very thick bezels that's very much the same size as its predecessor.

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.

Google has already removed the headphone jack from the its latest Pixel phone, now it looks as though the company is heading in a direction where it will be able to send the speaker packing too.

United Kingdom tech startup Redux has been acquired by technology giant Google.