Google could be heading for speaker-less future


According to regulator filings, the shares of Redux' holding company were transferred to Alphabet in early December past year. On Redux CEO Nedko Ivanov's LinkedIn page, it shows that he left the company in August 2017.

Last year, it received £3.7 million ($5 million) from an array of investors, including Arie Capital.

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Google has declined to comment on the acquisition, including how much might have been paid for Redux. "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". Redux's technology could also be used create haptic feedback - which gives the sense of touch on a surface such as a screen.

Redux isn't the only company looking to transform screens into speakers.

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So far, Redux has only been able to integrate its technologies inside PCs and some infotainment systems for vehicles, but none have made its way to commercially available mobile devices yet.

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. But in the recent years, Google and other Alphabet subsidiaries have started focussing quite a lot on hardware products including Pixel smartphones, which seems like a good place to use the tech. The notion that Google could do away with dedicated speakers in future Pixel phones sounds like an even more appealing option, however.

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Google has remained quiet on the acquisition of Redux. At the CES consumer electronics conference in Las Vegas this week, Google is heavily promoting its voice-controlled speakers that compete with Inc.'s Echo device.