There’s a whole lot of (understandable) excitement in Vivo demonstrating a phone with a fingerprint scanner embedded under the display at CES 2018, but what other feature can you hide within a display? Well, it seems that it is also possible to turn a display into a speaker, freeing up space for extra battery capacity or other hardware components. The technology was developed by a small UK-based startup called Redux that has since been snapped up by, you guessed it, Google.
According to Bloomberg, the deal apparently took place back in August 2017, with the transfer of shares from NVF Tech LTD holding company to an Ireland-based subsidiary of Google being confirmed on December 13. It’s unknown how much Google paid for Redux at the present time. Once the deal went through, Redux’s website was shut down.
The startup was granted 178 patents in its relatively short lifetime and concentrated its efforts on the computing, mobile, automotive and industrial controls markets. It’s thought that Google has purchased Redux and its technology for use in its line of Pixel handsets at some point in the future. You could imagine how thin the bezels could be on a phone with an 18:9 display that also performed as a speaker as well as providing haptic feedback.
Without official comment from Google, it’s unknown when, or if, we’ll see this technology come to the mainstream consumer, but it’s yet another example of how mobile tech is evolving.