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Google could be heading for speaker-less future

12 January 2018

The technology, developed by Redux, eliminates the necessity of small speakers in mobile devices.

Artificial intelligence company Dark Blue Labs and Vision Factory was bought out in 2014 for a sum exceeding tens of millions of dollars. As expected the Redux website is now down and Google is expected to officially announce the acquisition.

Google did not provide Bloomberg with any details, including purchasing price or other acquisition information. "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". Not only does this mean that more advanced haptic feedback is possible, but the displays can also be used as speakers. On Ivanov's profile page, it says that Redux achieved a "successful exit" in August 2017, but it does not state the buyer. The startup was backed by Arie Capital.

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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.

Some of Redux's tech has already appeared in PCs and vehicle infotainment systems.

Component space is indeed at a premium now in smartphones, which is why both Google and Apple Inc. made the controversial decision to ditch the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack in the newer Pixel and iPhone models.

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It has also emerged that the company quietly purchased a United Kingdom startup called Redux in August.

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.

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Google could be heading for speaker-less future