Google purchased a company that turns displays into speakers

Alphabet Inc.’s Google division started selling its own smartphones in 2016 so new engineering talent from Redux may help the company develop handsets with better sound

Redux shares were transferred to Google on December 13, according to United Kingdom regulatory filings, though Crunchbase said the deal took place back in August.

The acquisition of Redux was first reported by Bloomberg. As expected the Redux website is now down and Google is expected to officially announce the acquisition.

Chief executive Nedko Ivanov, who left in August according to his LinkedIn profile, said in 2016 that the company hoped to break even by 2018.

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The startup held 178 patents, according to the company's LinkedIn page, almost all relating to using the surfaces of smartphones, tablets, and other devices into audio amplifiers. It basically focuses on turning surfaces, like the display of smartphones, into speakers.

The Verge tested startup's technology previous year on a tablet. The sound quality is said to be "decent". Backed by investors including Arie Capital, Redux raised $5 million in March 2017, and concentrated on markets including computing, mobile, automotive and industrial controls.

The company now has 178 granted patents and more than 50 patents pending. Google just quietly made an acquisition that will give it access to exciting new technology for future smartphones, tablets, laptops, and more.

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So far, Redux has only been able to use its technologies inside PCs and some auto infotainment systems - but that could be about to change. Needless to say, the tech that helps integrate smartphone speakers within the display will be invaluable for Google or any other smartphone manufacturers.

It remains to be seen what Google's plans are for this technology.

Right ahead of the Pixel 2's unveiling last fall, it was announced that Google purchased a heap of smartphone engineers from HTC to spearhead smartphone projects for the coming years.

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