Google Home Mini updated to stop it from accidentally recording everything

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Unfortunately, the touch panels on some units, specifically those handed out to journalists at Made by Google, acted like someone was constantly pressing them, triggering the device to turn on and start recording.

Google's recently announced Google Home Mini smart speaker has gotten into trouble before even going on sale.

Because the Google Home Mini ($49) doesn't officially launch until next week, no paying customers have been impacted. Google says that the privacy violation is down to a bug. Following the event, it sent members of the press home with a review unit of the Google Home Mini, expected to launch on October 19. This could only mean one thing: the Home Mini was turning on by itself, recording everything it heard in Russakovskii's home, and transmitting it to Google's servers.

The worry with smart home speakers is that they have the built-in ability to record everything you say and sending that data to the company that makes them or to hackers that obtained access to such devices.

Intelligent assistant platforms like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant could be the next great frontier in computer interface, but there are bound to be some bumps along the way before we reach a Star Trek-style future. Google is taking no risks with this defect-all Google Home Minis will have a day-one software update that disables the touch gesture to activate Assistant.

Russakovskii has posted a video on YouTube showing the Home Mini activating and recording when it detects nearly any sound.

Mr Russakovskii wrote that the update seemed to work by turning off the touch panel functionality in its entirety.

Google released a dedicated support page on the issue with additional details.

One of those reviewers is reporting that the Home Mini he was writing about was nearly constantly recording sounds in his home.

It turns out that some Google Home Minis, the smart speakers that the company released in early October, were nearly continuously recording audio from users' homes.

In a statement, Google said: "We learned of an issue impacting a small number of Google Home Mini devices that could cause the touch mechanism to behave incorrectly". And it appears that the problem is a glitch that causes affected units to think that they should be recording when they should not.

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