Google Inc (GOOG) looks to have acquired United Kingdom startup Redux

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It reported that Redux is able to turn screens into a speakers by vibrating the screen itself using small actuators.

Google did not immediately respond to a Fortune request for comment and clarification about the apparent acquisition.

It is unclear from a report in Bloomberg when exactly Alphabet bought Redux or what the terms of the deal were, and the startup seemingly went quiet sometime in the first half of 2017.

A United Kingdom regulatory filing from December 2017 showed that Google subsidiary Google Ireland Holdings Unlimited Company, bought all the shares of NVF Tech, the parent company of Redux Laboratories. With this technology in place, manufacturers can produce phones without a speaker, and use the extra internal space for larger batteries and extra components.

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.

At the time, it said the sound quality was 'decent'.

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Chief executive Nedko Ivanov, who left in August according to his LinkedIn profile, said in 2016 that the company hoped to break even by 2018. Currently, most implementations of haptics use a short buzz of the notification vibration motor to give a general indication that an on-screen control has been successfully tapped.

Some of Redux's tech has already appeared in PCs and vehicle infotainment systems. This technology could be used for the next generation of Pixel handsets.

Google has remained quiet on the acquisition of Redux.

Google has made a concerted effort at CES to promote new features in its series of voice-controlled speakers.

Google quietly acquired a United Kingdom tech startup without anyone noticing - until now that is.

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