It reported that Redux is able to turn screens into a speakers by vibrating the screen itself using small actuators. The purchase price paid by Google is unknown. In addition to producing the same type of sound you would expect to hear from your phone's speakers, the Redux technology also produces haptic feedback when the user taps on the display.
The acquisition is reflected on Crunchbase, and in confirmed transfer of shares within United Kingdom regulatory filings. The company could conceivably use the HTC team's expertise with Redux's technology to reduce speakers, create more room inside its smartphone cases, and create different-looking devices. Being able to do away with, or at least shrink, that physical component could be another significant advantage to smartphones with Redux technology onboard. The actual deal was reportedly made in August 2017. The sound quality is said to be "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".
A filing on 13 December shows Google Ireland, ultimately owned by Alphabet, acquired all shareholdings.
Some of Redux's tech has already appeared in PCs and vehicle infotainment systems. 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. Redux shutdown its website after Google's acquisition.
According to Bloomberg, Redux was purchased via an Ireland-based subsidiary of Google at some point previous year.
At the CES consumer electronics conference in Las Vegas this week, Google is heavily promoting its voice-controlled speakers that compete with Amazon's Echo device.