Amidst the excitement and glee associated with the ongoing CES, Google has quietly acquired a startup. The UK Based startup called Redux is involved in developing technology that would integrate the speakers directly into the phone. As expected, the Redux website is currently down and Google is expected to officially announce the acquisition.
The Bloomberg report says that the shares were transferred to Google on December 13. Redux had managed to raise a total of $5 Million prior to the acquisition but the company has not revealed how much it paid to acquire the startup. Needless to say, the tech that helps integrate smartphone speakers within the display will be invaluable for Google or any other smartphone manufacturers. Most of the companies are trying to squeeze in the hardware to achieve a smaller fingerprint and give way for the designers to work their magic. For instance, the iPhone X and a couple of other bezel-less smartphones like the Mi Mix have strategically relocated hardware like the mic and the earpiece in order to accommodate the larger display.
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. Bezel-less phones will benefit a great deal from the speaker-display tech and will be able to further reduce the jawline. Google will probably implement the tech in the upcoming Pixel lineup. I am not sure but the display-speaker integration may also help Google improve the haptic feedback on their phones.
That being said, Redux focus is not just limited to smartphones and the company has been actively developing varied solutions for computing, automotive and also industrial markets. As per the company’s LinkedIn page, Redux has 50 pending patent and has been granted 178 patents. Well, as of now, the details are pretty scarce and hopefully, we will be able to see some good tech evolving out of the Redux acquisition.