Saturday, 20 January, 2018

Google makes little noise buying United Kingdom sound tech startup Redux

Cambridge-based Redux bought by Google Google Acquires Redux, a Startup That Integrates Speakers into Smartphone Displays
Velma Reese | 11 January, 2018, 21:44

Redux said that Panel Audio removes the need for physical buttons, speaker grills and other gaps, enabling the creation of fully sealed phones that would be completely waterproof. This also opens up the possibility of placing even more components in future devices, like larger battery.

A United Kingdom regulatory filing from December 2017 showed that Google subsidiary Google Ireland Holdings Unlimited Company, bought all the shares of NVF Tech, the parent company of Redux Laboratories.

Some lucky tech developer in Cambridge has achieved the cashing-out dream, with no less a cash bag than Google agreeing to buy the mad-sounding speaker technology created by Redux.

Nest Labs was bought by Alphabet Inc in 2014 for $3.2 billion (£2.4 billion). However, it is believed the deal went through in August. As per the company's LinkedIn page, Redux has 50 pending patent and has been granted 178 patents. The Verge was actually able to try out the startup's technology past year on a tablet. "Moreover, our surface audio technology is more power efficient than traditional micro speakers, which means people can play music and watch videos on their phones for longer between charges". The sound quality is said to be "decent".

The company now has 178 granted patents and more than 50 patents pending. The acquisition could prove useful to Google, and could change the way it designed its future Pixel smartphones.

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Details of the deal remain undisclosed, but it's worth noting that Redux closed a $5m round in March previous year from investors including Arie Capital.

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.

It remains to be seen what Google's plans are for this technology. It has also emerged that the company quietly purchased a United Kingdom startup called Redux in August.

One of the more recent purchases by Alphabet was obtaining HTC in 2017, for over $1 billion ($750 million).

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