Sunday, 21 January, 2018

Google could be heading for speaker-less future

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 Cambridge-based Redux bought by Google
Devin Neal | 12 January, 2018, 00:31

The Cambridge based startup focuses on technology that turns surfaces like phone displays into speakers, as reported by Bloomberg.

Redux's said in 2017 that its patented bending wave techniques could allow it to turn a smartphone screen into a high-quality speaker.

Google has yet to comment on a purchase price, or any other aspect of the acquisition.

Details of the deal remain undisclosed, but it's worth noting that Redux closed a $5m round in March a year ago from investors including Arie Capital.

A United Kingdom regulatory filing from December 2017 showed that Google subsidiary Google Ireland Holdings Unlimited Company, bought all the shares of NVF Tech, the parent company of Redux Laboratories. It wasn't made clear when Google bought the startup or how much money it spent to buy Redux, but the acquisition happened in August 2017, according to Crunchbase.

It also has technologies that add haptic feedback on mobile displays, which provides vibrations to imitate what it feels like to push physical buttons.

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Ramamoorthy's wife had at this point walked up to the back of the plane to inquire into the incident, the attendants added. When the flight landed at Detroit Metro Airport, Ramamoorthy was taken into custody by Wayne County Airport Authority.

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.

As for what Google could do with Redux, the search giant may build smartphones that eschew speakers. While the external space a speaker demands is one thing, it also occupies room inside the phone.

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

At the CES consumer electronics conference in Las Vegas this week, Google is heavily promoting its voice-controlled speakers that compete with Amazon's Echo device.

It is unclear what work the Redux team will do for Google, or already has been doing, but it's possible that they could be working to use the technology to improve the sound quality of Google's own smartphones.

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