A spokesperson for Google declined to comment on a purchase price, or other the details of the acquisition. "Redux actuators deliver naturalistic wide-frequency-range audio from a panel or display (without micro-speakers and apertures) - providing a versatile and robust overall solution", the startup explained on its now dead website.
"Our technology enables smartphone manufacturers to reclaim valuable space within phones, which could be filled by a bigger battery", Redux Chief Executive Nedko Ivanov said at the time.
The acquisition date isn't known, but shares of Redux's holding company were confirmed transferred to Google on December 13. According to Crunchbase, Redux has also previously raised more than $5 million in funding before it was acquired by Google. Stereo sound coming directly from the screens could make the phone look and sound slicker, and customers nostalgic for buttons and physical keyboards will spring for the improved haptic feedback. The sound quality is said to be "decent".
So far, Redux has only been able to use its technologies inside PCs and some auto infotainment systems - but that could be about to change.
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The startup was backed by investors including Arie Capital and it had 178 granted patents according to its Linkedin page. Redux imagined many potential uses for its products, but the first application listed-and by far, the most interesting-is for mobile devices like phones. Google Inc (GOOG) is now the proud owner of Cambridge-based startup Redux.
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.
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.