Google could be heading for speaker-less future

Google could be heading for speaker-less future

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.

Bloomberg said a Google spokesperson declined to comment, but it's thought Alphabet could use Redux's engineering capacity to improve the quality of sound on its handsets.

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The technology could give future Pixel smartphones an advantage over their iPhone rivals - not to mention other Android devices - as they attempt to deliver more display in a physically smaller package. Redux is the developer of an innovative technology that allows surfaces, such as smartphone displays and PC monitors, to act as speakers. The acquisition could prove useful to Google, and could change the way it designed its future Pixel smartphones. The company raised $5m back in March 2017. According to regulatory filings, the transfer of shares was confirmed in December. Before the acquisition, Redux focused not only on the mobile market, but also on the computing, automotive, and industrial markets, so its technology seems flexible enough to be used in several fields. Google's decision to buy the company may accelerate that rollout, meaning we could see Redux's haptic sound technology come to a Google device later this year.

Google has made a concerted effort at CES to promote new features in its series of voice-controlled speakers. As phone manufacturers hunt ways to make even greater percentages of the front of their devices display, the trend has forced some creative thinking around how to accommodate the other components that would traditionally be found in the bezels.

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