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,