Google Permanently Removed The Top Touch Function On Its Smart Speaker
Soon after discovering that a flaw allowed some units to record sounds at random times and send them to Google’s servers, the company decided to remove all top touch functionality
Google issued a software update during the weekend that aimed to address this issue and said that it wanted Home Mini users to be at ease with the device.
“We take user privacy and product quality concerns very seriously,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement. “Although we only received a few reports of this issue, we want people to have complete peace of mind while using Google Home Mini.”
Users had two options for engaging and controlling the device; it could be turned on with a long press on the top of the device or the voice command “OK, Google.” Now, after the update, users will be limited to only using the voice command.
The issue came to light when the founder of Android Police, Artem Russakovski, discovered that his review unit was waking up “thousands of times a day” to send recordings to Google.
The device offers the same functionality as the original, and allows you to talk to Google Assistant to control your smart home, check your calendar and search the internet, as well as other features.
The Home will be available in coral, chalk and charcoal colors and will be in stores by October 19.