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Redux's said in 2017 that its patented bending wave techniques could allow it to turn a smartphone screen into a high-quality speaker. It's also unclear whether Redux's technology is actually intended for Google's consumer hardware division.

Google has quietly bought a United Kingdom startup named Redux that uses vibrations to turn phone and tablet displays into speakers, reports Bloomberg.

While no one was paying attention at the end of 2017, Google swooped in and purchased a company in the United Kingdom called Redux that has a couple of pretty unique ideas around display panels.

Social media promotion of the company through its own accounts ended in April 2017 while financial accounts for NVF Tech - the name under which Redux is registered - show Google employees were made directors in July, while employees of Redux and its investor Arie Capital were removed.

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"When it comes to mobile phones, we are not only saving valuable real estate and creating a waterproof housing, we are eliminating the need for additional speaker holes and most importantly, improving the audio quality", said CEO Nedko Ivanov in an interview with New Electronics. The Pixel 2 in particular had very thick bezels that's very much the same size as its predecessor.

However, there are knock-on benefits inside the phone, too, which could have other advantages.

Along with this, Redux can also use these vibrations to create haptic feedback when interacting with a display that tries to mimic the feel of touching buttons and moving sliders/dials. If replaced, that could leave more space for a larger battery or other components: even, perhaps, the return of the 3.5mm headphone jack, were Google so inclined. Redux is able to turn screens into a speakers by vibrating the screen itself.

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