Google has declined to comment on the acquisition, including how much might have been paid for Redux. With this technology in place, manufacturers can produce phones without a speaker, and use the extra internal space for larger batteries and extra components. The transfer of shares between NVF Tech Limited, the holders of Redux and Google was confirmed on the 13th of December, last year. The same controlled vibrations could also be used to deliver haptic feedback through the display. According to Crunchbase, Redux has also previously raised more than $5 million in funding before it was acquired by Google. The sound quality is said to be "decent". On Ivanov's profile page, it says that Redux achieved a "successful exit" in August 2017, but it does not state the buyer.
On Wednesday night, a report revealed on Bloomberg quietly that Google acquisition of "Redux" could have major implications down the road. The startup was backed by Arie Capital.
Details of the deal remain undisclosed, but it's worth noting that Redux closed a $5m round in March past year from investors including Arie Capital.
So far, Redux has only been able to integrate its technologies inside PCs and some infotainment systems for vehicles, but none have made its way to commercially available mobile devices yet. It's speculative, but it could be that Google plans on heating things up in the continued 2018 bezel race with some in-screen speakers on the next Pixel (s), or maybe it plans on using the company's improved haptics for a Taptic-like experience.
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.
United Kingdom tech startup Redux has been acquired by technology giant Google.