Google Inc (GOOG) looks to have acquired United Kingdom startup Redux

Google has bought a company that turns any surface into a speaker

Turning screens into speakers would help free up space inside smartphones for other components like bigger batteries. The Verge was actually able to try out the startup's technology a year ago on a tablet.

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. On Ivanov's profile page, it says that Redux achieved a "successful exit" in August 2017, but it does not state the buyer. Currently, most implementations of haptics use a short buzz of the notification vibration motor to give a general indication that an on-screen control has been successfully tapped. The tech is somewhat similar to 3D Touch, Apple's force-sensitive display feature on iPhones. We hope Google can take advantage of it soon. 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. This technology could be used for the next generation of Pixel handsets. According to Crunchbase, Redux has also previously raised more than $5 million in funding before it was acquired by 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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Redux's website is now dead. If Google doesn't put Redux's technology in a smartphone, it's certainly possible that the company could put it on one of its very own Smart Displays.

Sometime previous year, Google quietly acquired a United Kingdom startup doing rather interesting work with sound, including a new type of speaker and haptic feedback.

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