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Google Home Mini bug could make it record audio 24/7

Google Home Mini bug could make it record audio 24/7

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

Artem Russakovskii, founder of Android Police, lays it all bare on his site; explaining that he'd received the Google Home Mini as part of a press kit. Two days later on October 6th, he noticed that the Mini was activating repeatedly while he was trying to watch TV.

So, Russakovskii went to Google's My Activity portal on the web to see the behavior of his Google Assistant. The company also says it "removed any activity/queries that were created by long-pressing the top of a Google Home Mini between October 4 and October 7, when the software update was rolled out".

There, clear as day, were thousands of items, each with a play button and a timestamp - recordings. His report of the "near-constant" listening and recording prompted a quick response from Google. According to his report, Google told him that this was the first time they had heard of the issue.




He came to this conclusion after experiencing certain mishaps with the Google Home Mini, in which the smart speaker would fail to pick up on commands.

Upon reporting the issue to Google, the company discovered the speaker's touch control sensor was malfunctioning. There was no "OK Google" or "Hey Google" voice activation involved, and no touch panel long press. 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.

As a leader in search and keeper of many pieces of personal information Google is ultra-conscious of any perceived privacy incursions from their products. Russakovskii's unit was apparently registering touches at random, so it would randomly start recording audio of his home and storing it on Google's servers.

A reviewer noticed something problematic about his Google Home Mini, something it wasn't supposed to be doing at all. The company's also working on a permanent fix and assuring people that only early units given out at its Made by Google event are affected, not the pre-order ones. The software fix prevents the activation of the speaker with a touch, which was a feature meant to offer options for activation.


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