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Google Could Turn The Next Pixel’s Touchscreen Into A Speaker by nairalandic(m): 6:54pm On Jan 11
Google has snapped up the tech to make full-screen smartphones without an iPhone X style notch, using the touchscreen itself as a speaker. As phone manufacturers hunt ways to make even greater percentages of the front of their devices display, the trend has forced some creative thinking around how to accommodate the other components that would traditionally be found in the bezels.

That has led to some controversial design decisions in 2017 alone. Apple’s iPhone X is probably the most notorious, with the “notch” cutting into the upper section of the display so that the front-facing camera and speaker could still have a spot to occupy. The Essential Phone arguably pushed the limits even more, with a small cut-out in its display housing the camera.



Now, Alphabet company Google has reportedly acquired a company which could help with that headache. UK startup Redux had developed a way to use vibrations in a surface – such as a touchscreen display – to emit sound, thus allowing the device to do away with a dedicated speaker, Bloomberg reports.

Google has declined to comment on the acquisition, including how much might have been paid for Redux. The company raised $5m back in March 2017. According to regulator filings, the shares of Redux’ holding company were transferred to Alphabet in early December last year.

The technology could give future Pixel smartphones an advantage over their iPhone rivals – not to mention other Android devices – as they attempt to deliver more display in a physically smaller package. The current Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were criticized by some quarters for not trimming their bezels quite as aggressively as other devices on the market did. Redux’s technology could help there on new devices.

However, there are knock-on benefits inside the phone, too, which could have other advantages. While the external space a speaker demands is one thing, it also occupies room inside the phone. 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’s technology has other possibilities, though. The same controlled vibrations could also be used to deliver haptic feedback through the display. 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. Being able to do away with, or at least shrink, that physical component could be another significant advantage to smartphones with Redux technology onboard.
source; https://caffinegeeks.com/google-could-turn-the-next-pixels-touchscreen-into-a-speaker/

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Re: Google Could Turn The Next Pixel’s Touchscreen Into A Speaker by rabdeluxe(m): 7:13am On Jan 12
Sounds Like Fun..
Re: Google Could Turn The Next Pixel’s Touchscreen Into A Speaker by overhypedsteve(m): 7:14am On Jan 12
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Re: Google Could Turn The Next Pixel’s Touchscreen Into A Speaker by YINKS89(m): 7:14am On Jan 12
I'm sure most people didn't read dat post... After readings post, I'm still tryin to wrap ma head around wah dat means ND hw Ts gona look like.
Re: Google Could Turn The Next Pixel’s Touchscreen Into A Speaker by valinno(m): 7:14am On Jan 12
ok
Re: Google Could Turn The Next Pixel’s Touchscreen Into A Speaker by IMASTEX: 7:14am On Jan 12
That will be nice
Re: Google Could Turn The Next Pixel’s Touchscreen Into A Speaker by otabuko(m): 7:14am On Jan 12
This generation is blessed, to think of the technological advancements yet to come. We're blessed.
Re: Google Could Turn The Next Pixel’s Touchscreen Into A Speaker by jaymejate(m): 7:14am On Jan 12
thank God there won't be problem of speaker don burst.
Re: Google Could Turn The Next Pixel’s Touchscreen Into A Speaker by symbianDON(m): 7:14am On Jan 12
na wa o

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Re: Google Could Turn The Next Pixel’s Touchscreen Into A Speaker by ToluSuo(m): 7:15am On Jan 12
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Re: Google Could Turn The Next Pixel’s Touchscreen Into A Speaker by SexyCrixus25(m): 7:17am On Jan 12
Until I see it on a phone
Re: Google Could Turn The Next Pixel’s Touchscreen Into A Speaker by Proffdada: 7:18am On Jan 12
I hope the sound won't be muffled or affects the touch function undecided


Doogee on the other hand has made in-display fingerprint scanner.
Re: Google Could Turn The Next Pixel’s Touchscreen Into A Speaker by datola: 7:19am On Jan 12
Google
Re: Google Could Turn The Next Pixel’s Touchscreen Into A Speaker by killsmith(m): 7:22am On Jan 12
otabuko:
This generation is blessed, to think of the technological advancements yet to come. We're blessed.
how is technology a blessing to the human race?

Corporations spend billions on new technologies when millions cannot afford a proper meal.

Technology is about making profits.

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Re: Google Could Turn The Next Pixel’s Touchscreen Into A Speaker by slawomir: 7:22am On Jan 12
ok
Re: Google Could Turn The Next Pixel’s Touchscreen Into A Speaker by sinaj(f): 7:24am On Jan 12
YINKS89:
I'm sure most people didn't read dat post... After readings post, I'm still tryin to wrap ma head around wah dat means ND hw Ts gona look like.
could be a convertible fone grin

I cnt evn picture anything on my mind.
Re: Google Could Turn The Next Pixel’s Touchscreen Into A Speaker by fajob: 7:25am On Jan 12
Great Innovation
Re: Google Could Turn The Next Pixel’s Touchscreen Into A Speaker by Mcsenior(m): 7:26am On Jan 12
cool

Google as well as other innovative idea thrives in a sane society.

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Re: Google Could Turn The Next Pixel’s Touchscreen Into A Speaker by otabuko(m): 7:28am On Jan 12
killsmith:
how is technology a blessing to the human race?

Corporations spend billions on new technologies when millions cannot afford a proper meal.

Technology is about making profits.
My bro, it's good to be sympathetic, but you can't help the millions that are unable to afford proper meals.

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Re: Google Could Turn The Next Pixel’s Touchscreen Into A Speaker by castrol180(m): 7:42am On Jan 12
Pics please...
Re: Google Could Turn The Next Pixel’s Touchscreen Into A Speaker by martineverest(m): 7:44am On Jan 12
Google is a failure. ...hardwarewise
Re: Google Could Turn The Next Pixel’s Touchscreen Into A Speaker by finnestdope(m): 7:45am On Jan 12
overhypedsteve:
Where will they put the front facing camera or the proximity sensor? Oh they haf forget that one. Mumu google. Slay queens will slay your device if you disappoint them.

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Re: Google Could Turn The Next Pixel’s Touchscreen Into A Speaker by linearity: 7:46am On Jan 12
Mcsenior:
cool

Google as well as other innovative idea thrives in a sane society.

Before you eat that meat in your meal, remember that many lost their lives and farm produce. That piece of meat is worth a life!

Think about it!

Google didn’t innovate it, they are merely acquiring a company that already have the technology.
Re: Google Could Turn The Next Pixel’s Touchscreen Into A Speaker by SLIDEwaxie(m): 7:47am On Jan 12
Now, I don dey fear for my children and children's children o....

E be like say everything av been watching in a sci-fi movie will eventually come to pass..

Black mirror, Black mirror.... Na who say make I watch that dark sci-fi movie sef?
Re: Google Could Turn The Next Pixel’s Touchscreen Into A Speaker by Darkseid(m): 7:51am On Jan 12
Something that has been around since the first Xiaomi Mi Mix.
Re: Google Could Turn The Next Pixel’s Touchscreen Into A Speaker by Mcsenior(m): 7:51am On Jan 12
linearity:


Google didn’t innovate it, they are merely acquiring a company that already have the technology.

If you call that mere acquisition, well, that's your opinion.

Our Nation need not acquire resources, we have them abundantly, but here we are.

If Nigeria can be converted to an app, google will acquire and make it work...(expensive joke)
Re: Google Could Turn The Next Pixel’s Touchscreen Into A Speaker by AishaBuhari: 7:52am On Jan 12
Innovative
Re: Google Could Turn The Next Pixel’s Touchscreen Into A Speaker by Ifesinachi22(m): 7:57am On Jan 12
Who cares, who uses iPhone anyways?

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Re: Google Could Turn The Next Pixel’s Touchscreen Into A Speaker by linearity: 7:59am On Jan 12
Mcsenior:


If you call that mere acquisition, well, that's your opinion.

Our Nation need not acquire resources, we have them abundantly, but here we are.

If Nigeria can be converted to an app, google will acquire and make it work...(expensive joke)

If you say so....

but, am of the opinion that, if things continues at the current rate; I think in no distant time, any Senator from the FGN, would afford to acquire Google...(not a joke)
Re: Google Could Turn The Next Pixel’s Touchscreen Into A Speaker by chily11: 7:59am On Jan 12
Exactly what have been on my mind days now. It's 100% possible to build a device that has no other component displayed at the front. The camera, p. sensor and the indicator light can be embedded within the main display screen. I guess we all have to wait till Samsung comes up with the Galaxy X to see if it's not the same tech.

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