Google could be heading for speaker-less future


"When it comes to mobile phones, we are not only saving valuable real estate and creating a waterproof housing, we are eliminating the need for additional speaker holes and most importantly, improving the audio quality". This technology can free up space in the devices, creating room for batteries or other components. The transfer of shares was confirmed on December 13 based on United Kingdom regulatory filings.

Google has reportedly taken over Redux, a United Kingdom based sound tech startup.

Alphabet Inc is the parent company of Google and owns numerous companies, and continues to acquire even more.

Nest Labs was bought by Alphabet Inc in 2014 for $3.2 billion (£2.4 billion).

While no one was paying attention at the end of 2017, Google swooped in and purchased a company in the United Kingdom called Redux that has a couple of pretty unique ideas around display panels. However, it is believed the deal went through in August.

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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.

The Verge tested startup's technology previous year on a tablet. It basically focuses on turning surfaces, like the display of smartphones, into speakers. The company had under 50 employees. No word on how much it paid, but the $5 million Redux raised in March suggests it could be around that figure.

So far, Redux has only been able to use its technologies inside PCs and some vehicle infotainment systems - but that could be about to change. This technology has interesting ramifications and possible uses in Google's consumer lineup.

The takeover of the sound specialists could see an influx of new engineering talent for Google that could help the company incorporate better sound systems into its handsets in the future.