Google to 'permanently remove' Home Mini's faulty recording feature

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A reviewer recently discovered that the gadget was secretly recording all his conversations.

With the top button gone, the Home Mini now has to be activated entirely by voice, which isn't really a huge limitation since it's created to be a voice assistant.

Google reassures early users who were affected that it hasn't stored any information that may have been recorded by long pressing the top of the Google Home Mini between October 4 and October 7, when the software update was rolled out. Meanwhile, it will develop a fix.

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Now, that change will be permanent. The bug was first reported by Android Police.

But Russakovskii discovered that his Mini was listening in on him even when he hadn't pressed the device's button or said, "OK Google".

The company said that it has made the decision because it wants people to have complete peace of mind while using Google Home Mini. Google takes product quality and privacy concerns very seriously.

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"The Google Home team is aware of an issue impacting a small number of Google Home Mini devices that could cause the touch control mechanism to behave incorrectly".

Either way, we must remember that every Google Home device will still be constantly "listening" in order to pick up on your "Ok Google" and "Hey Google" commands - the difference is that the listening should, as always, be kept local until an actual request is given after the fact. After all, there are those who may find it uncomfortable to control the speaker by talking to it in a crowded room, despite the Home Mini primarily being a voice-enabled speaker. The Mini's left and right buttons will continue to work for adjusting the volume. It's available on the side of the product. "The update will be completely rolled out by end of day October 15, 2017", Google's statement reads. Users and tech experts have applauded Google's quick response and action to the bug. This also points to a likely core issue with the Home Mini's touch-sensitive fabric top that may be too expensive to re-engineer and release after likely pre-producing hundreds of thousands of units ahead of launch. It is still not clear why this is so. The search giant acknowledged the issue, and issued a patch to address the glitch, which according to the company, could be because of a faulty touch sensor at the top.

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