Google has decided to remove the top touch feature that allowed its Google Home Mini home speaker to listen to everything.
The issue was first reported by Android Police. When the reviewer was testing out the Google Home Mini, he noticed the top LEDs were continuously on. Curious about this, he began doing some research before pinpointing the fact that the Google Home Mini was always listening. The issue stemmed from a bug that caused the home speaker to think it was being tapped continuously, which led to the always listening issue.
After contacting Google, a fix for the bug was pushed out immediately, disabling the touch gesture completely. The update is now being pushed out to all Google Home Minis in an effort to calm concerns about privacy.
“We take user privacy and product quality concerns very seriously,” a Google spokesperson related to TechnoBuffalo. “Although we only received a few reports of this issue, we want people to have complete peace of mind while using Google Home Mini.”
Google has been open about the error and stated that only a “small number” of units were affected. By permanently removing the touch gesture, this ensures that the issue will not happen once customers start receiving their Google Home Minis late this month.
The only way to activate the Home Mini now will be through voice with use of a keyword. The left and right volume touch buttons on top will continue to works as well.