Redux had managed to raise a total of $5 Million prior to the acquisition but the company has not revealed how much it paid to acquire the startup. I am not sure but the display-speaker integration may also help Google improve the haptic feedback on their phones.
The acquisition of Redux was first reported by. The acquisition could prove useful to Google, and could change the way it designed its future Pixel smartphones.
"Our technology enables smartphone manufacturers to reclaim valuable space within phones, which could be filled by a bigger battery", Redux Chief Executive Nedko Ivanov said at the time. According to regulatory filings, the transfer of shares was confirmed in December. The sound quality is said to be "decent".
The startup called Redux developed the technology called Panel Audio that allowed the panels or screens to produce audio without needing any speakers. The actual deal was reportedly made in August 2017. However, both smartphones needed to have some bezels to make that possible.
Though Redux's website has been shut down, you can check out a web archive of the site where the company explains its technology and mentions that it has 177 total patents, with 115 of them granted.
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. Google will probably implement the tech in the upcoming Pixel lineup.
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.
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.