Google Home Mini Caught Recording Audio Due to Hardware Issue

Pablo Tucker
October 11, 2017

Moreover, these flawed Google Home Mini units were recording every time they were triggering and send the information to Google's servers.

The company told him that it was "in the process of building a long-term fix, whatever it may be" but Mr Russakovskii said it was "too early to say if they're going to be able to deal with "phantom" touch events entirely in software or if a recall for affected units will be in order". Still, it may take quite a bit of time for Google to get folks concerned with their privacy to trust the Mountain View-based search giant again.

Google Home Mini is one of the newest gadgets that Google has recently released on the market. Ars Technica reported their Home Mini's touch panel functionality was disabled by the patch, but it had "never went insane and started recording at random". Through his My Activity portal on Google, he saw the recordings - thousands of them.

There, clear as day, were thousands of items, each with a play button and a timestamp - recordings. It can be disabled, but Russakovskii's wasn't.

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The problem, as Russakovskii writes, was that the Google Home Mini thought someone was holding their finger down on the top of the touch panel of the device, the only other way to have the Google's smart mini speaker start listening to commands. We are rolling out a software update today that should address the issue. If you're having any additional issues, please feel free to contact Google Support at 1-855-971-9121.

People can also long-press the Home Mini to activate the Google Assistant manually rather than just by voice.

For now, Google's "mitigation" to the issue has been to update all Google Home Minis to totally disable the "long-press to talk" functionality.

Here's the statement Google issued:"We learned of an issue impacting a small number of Google Home Mini devices that could cause the touch mechanism to behave incorrectly".

Ever since we began letting intelligent personal assistants into our lives, back with Siri on the iPhone in 2011, there has been an underlying concern that devices are recording us more than they let on.

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