Google Home Mini speaker that gave away during its recent pixel event aren’t working correctly. Google hasn’t even started shipping the Home Mini yet, and they found the bug when it examined the unit it gave to Artem Russakovskii from Android Police. Russakovskii told the tech titan that the device he got from the recent Pixel event was recording sounds in his house 24/7. He noticed that his Home Mini would flash its lights even if he doesn’t activate it by saying “OK, Google” or by giving the touch panel a long press.
That’s a big problem, since smart speakers should never record audio without a specific prompt from the user. When he checked his activity portal, it was filled with recordings saved on Google’s server that could make a conspiracy theorist shout “I knew it!” Since the company is releasing the speaker in a few days, it took Google less than three hours to scoop up the rogue speaker from his home.
As a result, Google says it’s taking the step of disabling all top touch functionality on the Home Mini. Google said a small number of the devices were affected by the problem, which caused them to think users had pressed the button that can be used to activate them.
Furthermore, they said that they have fixed the problem by disabling the “long-press to activate” feature. It is not clear if or when Google will make the press-to-talk button available again. While owners can still control it using their voice and a volume switch on the side that’s it.
“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,” the company said.
We’ll bet Google is rushing to fix the issue before the device starts shipping on October 19th.