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

Cambridge-based Redux bought by Google

It had raised $5 million in Series B funding from Arie Capital on March 22nd, 2017. The transfer of shares between NVF Tech Limited, the holders of Redux and Google was confirmed on the 13th of December, last year.

Redux's technology eliminates the need for small speakers in mobile handsets, making more space available for other components.

Google has reportedly taken over Redux, a United Kingdom based sound tech startup. Redux's technology uses vibrations with displays for a variety of different things, and the most notable use of this is the ability to harness these vibrations to turn displays into functioning speakers.

Now, Alphabet company Google has reportedly acquired a company which could help with that headache.

On Wednesday night, a report revealed on Bloomberg quietly that Google acquisition of "Redux" could have major implications down the road.

The startup held 178 patents, according to the company's LinkedIn page, almost all relating to using the surfaces of smartphones, tablets, and other devices into audio amplifiers.

The company now has 178 granted patents and more than 50 patents pending.

While no one was paying attention at the end of 2017, Google swooped in and purchased a company in the United Kingdom called Redux that has a couple of pretty unique ideas around display panels. It also creates solutions to create so-called haptic feedback, which allows users to carry out different tasks on current smartphones by applying different pressure to the screen. Apple recently adopted an advanced Taptic Engine in its iPhones and other devices that offers enhanced feedback, and Google may be planning to use Redux tech in a similar fashion.

Google has remained quiet on the acquisition of Redux.

This appears to be the latest in a string of takeovers from the tech conglomerate.

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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