Google could turn the next Pixel's touchscreen into a speaker

Cambridge-based Redux bought by Google

Google parent Alphabet has quietly acquired a United Kingdom startup focussed on building a technology that can convert any screen into a speaker. "Moreover, our surface audio technology is more power efficient than traditional micro speakers, which means people can play music and watch videos on their phones for longer between charges".

Google has yet to comment on a purchase price, or any other aspect of the acquisition. 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 acquisition could prove useful to Google, and could change the way it designed its future Pixel smartphones. In August, Google acquired the company for an undisclosed amount.

It is unclear when Alphabet - via an Ireland-based subsidiary of Google - acquired Redux, but the transfer of shares of Redux holding company NVF Tech Ltd.to the US tech giant was confirmed on December 13, according to United Kingdom regulatory filings.

Some of Redux's tech has already appeared in PCs and vehicle infotainment systems.

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Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones both feature dual front-facing speakers, which has been welcomed by many critics and users. While the external space a speaker demands is one thing, it also occupies room inside the phone.

Redux has demoed its technology on smartphone and tablet displays, in the past, and that very well may be Google Inc (GOOG)'s core intended use for this exciting technology.

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

At CES 2018, Google mainly focused on promoting its smart speakers and its new line of Smart Display devices, its direct competitor to the Amazon Echo Show.

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