Google Home Mini recorded audio all the time

12 October, 2017, 01:00 | Author: Jeannette Greene
  • Google's Home Mini needed a software patch to stop some of them from recording everything

Russakovskii's Home Mini review unit was recording everything, and it all happened without his knowledge. "If you're still having issues, please feel free to contact Google Support at 1-855-971-9121 to get a replacement Google Home Mini". 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. For example, Android Police founder Artem Russakovskii discovered a hardware defect in the upcoming Google Home Mini that caused the device to record nearly all nearby audio and upload it directly to Google.

Some Google Home Minis have been found to activate at random times and transmit the audio to Google's servers.

The Home Mini smart speaker is created to respond to commands when it hears the wake phrase "OK Google". Now users can only activate Google Assistant using hotwords.

Google Home Mini, the puck-like smart home device from the Alphabet-owned company, has a big problem. As a result, Google has rolled out a software patch that deactivates the touch panel entirely.

We'll bet Google is rushing to fix the issue before the device starts shipping on October 19th.

Well, the vulnerability was found in the three touch sensors on top of the device. Our Mini never went insane by recording at random.


The Google Home Mini isn't out yet, but Google is already dealing with an issue related to it. So far so good, except - as he only discovered days later - the Mini was recording "thousands of times a day" and sending those recordings to Google.

In the meantime, Google allows users to deactivate any existing Google devices from saving audio recordings via its settings page.

The Google Home Mini sounds better and looks better than the Echo Dot - but Google needs to innovate if it wants to catch Alexa.

Normally, when the Google Assistant - which gives the Home Mini its smart credentials - is activated it records what's being said and fires that data to a Google cloud server to process it, and then apply levels of machine learning to make sense of what a user is asking the Home Mini to do.

In response, Google has disabled the malfunctioning touch activation feature for Google Assistant for all users, which caused the problematic recording.

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