As reported by Bloomberg, Google without loud announcements acquired a British startup Redux, which uses vibration to turn the display into a speaker. It is unclear when the transaction was made and how much it cost Google, but in the ownership of the search, giant Redux passed in August.
Redux has developed a number of technologies related to sound and touchscreen mobile devices but never used them in a consumer product. Last year, at MWC, the company brought two of its developments – and they were amazing. We are talking about the tablet, the display is able to act as a speaker, and multiple displays with tactile feedback, which imitated all sorts of buttons and sliders.
The sound quality in the first case was excellent, and the tactile feedback gave the impression that you were really pressing the real buttons. For Google, the benefits are obvious. Turning the display into a speaker will allow you to free space inside the device to increase the battery. Tactile feedback, on the other hand, can become a unique “chip” of Google Pixel – just like 3D touch in the iPhone.