Google Home Mini updated to stop it from accidentally recording everything

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In the meantime, as it turns out, the Mini was behaving very differently from all the other Homes and Echos in my home - it was waking up thousands of times a day, recording, then sending those recordings to Google.

After a journalist from Android Police (via: Engadget) received one of the devices from Google's recent launch event, he noticed that its lights were constantly flashing even when he wasn't speaking to it directly. As an alternative to saying "Okay Google", a long touch wakes the Mini and makes it listen. So, Russakovskii visited Google's My Activity portal on the web and made a startling discovery.

As a result, virtually everything happening near the Home Mini was recorded. This mechanism was responding to so-called "phantom touches" hundreds of times each day, then recording whatever was going on nearby and sending that to Google.

Discovered by one user Artem Russakovskil and reported on Android Police, it appears that some Google Home Mini units have been recording everything round them 24/7 rather than replying to direct voice commands activated with phrase "OK Google".

The good news is that Google is fixing the issue before the Google Home Mini ships to your door.

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After timidly challenging Amazon's constantly growing Alexa-powered Echo family with a single Google Home model previous year, Big G just expanded its Google Assistant-controlled smart speaker line to a full-on armada.

Anyway, Google was quick to respond to the issue that Russakovskii was experiencing. The Mini Home was taken away and swapped for two fresh ones.

Russakovskil quickly informed Google of what he found and the company pushed out a patch to fix the issue by removing the touch activation from the Home Mini. "We rolled out an update on October 7 to mitigate the issue", a rep said in a statement.

A reviewer noticed something problematic about his Google Home Mini, something it wasn't supposed to be doing at all. Google is working on a permanent solution and says the fault is only present on devices handed out at the Made By Google media event. Those who pre-ordered the speaker will not be affected, the company said. Still excited for the future, or should we all go back to vinyl and looking things up in the library?

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