Google quietly purchased a United Kingdom sound tech startup

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It remains unclear when Alphabet bought the sound specialist, but the tech-giant confirmed that it obtained the shares on December 13.

Redux's said in 2017 that its patented bending wave techniques could allow it to turn a smartphone screen into a high-quality speaker. Redux is able to turn screens into a speakers by vibrating the screen itself.

At the time, it said the sound quality was 'decent'. For Panel Audio, they are using special actuators that "deliver naturalistic wide-frequency-range audio from a panel or display (without micro-speakers and apertures) - providing a versatile and robust overall solution".

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Google has already removed the headphone jack from the its latest Pixel phone, now it looks as though the company is heading in a direction where it will be able to send the speaker packing too. However, it is believed the deal went through in August. The tech is somewhat similar to 3D Touch, Apple's force-sensitive display feature on iPhones.

Some of Redux's tech has already appeared in PCs and vehicle infotainment systems. With Google's acquisition, that may change soon. 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. For instance, the iPhone X and a couple of other bezel-less smartphones like the Mi Mix have strategically relocated hardware like the mic and the earpiece in order to accommodate the larger display. Just recently Wired wrote about how companies might use audio to transfer data, which may be part of Google's plan for Redux. This technology can free up space in the devices, creating room for batteries or other components.

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.

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