Google Kills Google Home Mini's Top Touch Functionality

Google Kills Google Home Mini's Top Touch Functionality

Google has chose to "permanently remove" the feature that led to a "small number" of Home Mini units accidentally recording thousands of times a day, instead of just when a user triggers it.

Google has stopped its Home Mini speakers responding when users touch them.

The Google Home Mini isn't even being shipped yet, but one of the review samples sent to Artem Russakovskii from Android Authority had a serious bug with it that was recording sounds in his house 24/7.

Google Home Minis aren't actually in the wild yet (the faulty device we reported on yesterday was being reviewed by a reporter from Android Police), and Google is hoping to finish rolling out the update by October 15, a few days before the speakers officially go on sale on October 19. As before, the best way to control and activate Google Home Mini is through voice, by saying "Ok Google" or 'Hey Google, ' which is already how most people engage with our Google Home products.

We take user privacy and product quality concerns very seriously.

What's great about Google's swift action is that the company is willing to cripple one of its newest devices to guard the privacy of the user. "Say "Ok Google" or 'Hey Google ' to control music, alarms and timers", added Google. Nevertheless, the issue affecting the touch-control interface affects just "a small number" of devices, Google assured users.

The company removed activity/queries that were created by long pressing the top of a "Google Home Mini" between October 4 and October 7 with a software update.

Announced earlier this month alongside the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, the Google Home Mini is a compact version of the Google Home smart speaker the company launched in select markets previous year. Doing so will, however, affect the accuracy of the device's voice recognition. You can say the words "OK Google", followed by a command such as "play 'Bohemian Rhapsody.'" Alternatively, you can press the button located on the top of the devices instead of saying "OK Google". It turns out that Google is willing to cripple the device rather than take any risks. The fix, though, means a feature from the Mini would no longer be available.

Russakovskii reports that the device recorded him thousands of times per day without even being instructed to.