Google will 'permanently remove' Home Mini feature that led to constant recording


The bug essentially was that the touch panel on the top of the Google Home Mini, meant to activate the device when a user put down their finger on it, was activating at random times even when nobody was touching it. Which means you can not do inputs like touch to play or pause audio.

Following recent reports that Google's new Home Mini smart speaker was secretly recording sounds 24/7, the internet search giant has confirmed it will be removing the feature responsible for the snooping. Google's Home Mini can be activated by either saying the magical words "OK Google" or long press on the top.

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After acknowledging an issue with the touch control of its new Home Mini device, which led to constant unintentional recording of pretty much everything being said around it, Google has made a decision to completely disable the feature. "We rolled out an update on October 7 to mitigate the issue", Google said in a statement. The company also says that the Mini's left and right side can still be tapped to adjust volume. The Home Mini is designed as a miniature version of the Google Home that is tiny enough to sit anywhere in your house and can play music or make calls and other smart functions with the help of Google Assistant.

"Say "Ok Google" or "Hey Google" instead of pressing and holding the top of Mini to start a request". For now, it is not clear if all of the 4,000 test mini speakers that Google gave away have the same bug. However, customers who have been awaiting the gadget might well overlook the issue, considering how well and quick Google handled the problem, suggesting it was only a technical glitch and not a pre-meditated feature in the speaker. The limited group of people given the device - media, Google employees, and other attendees of the hardware event - will no longer see any interactions initiated with the touch function in My Activity, a place Google users can review, hear, or delete Google Assistant interactions. Shortly after the issue was brought to Google's attention on October 7, the company created a support page, rolled out a software update, and removed all correspondence with the device initiated with the top touch between October 4 and October 7.