The Google Home Mini.
It’s listening, even sometimes when it’s not supposed to. (credit: Google)
Update: Welp, this is officially a full-blown disaster.
In response to reports of constantly-recording Google Home Minis, Google is permanently removing the Google Home Mini’s center touch point functionality.

The company released a statement tonight, saying:

We take user privacy and product quality concerns very seriously.

Although we only received a few reports of this issue, we want people to have complete peace of mind while using Google Home Mini.
We have made the decision to permanently remove all top touch functionality on the Google Home Mini.

As before, the best way to control and activate Google Home Mini is through voice, by saying “Ok Google” or “Hey Google,” which is already how most people engage with our Google Home products. You can still adjust the volume by using the touch control on the side of the device.

The total, permanent removal of the top center touch point means you won’t be able to long press on it to begin voice recognition, and you won’t be able to tap on it to pause or resume music, or stop an alarm from beeping. While the Mini still isn’t released yet, apparently the false-positive touch issue is not fixable through software, the Mini’s are too far along to fix the hardware, and Google doesn’t want to rip apart the units that have already been manufactured.
Someone messed up big time.
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