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Citing 'a few' malfunctions, Google nukes touch function from Home Mini

Citing 'a few' malfunctions, Google nukes touch function from Home Mini
From TechCrunch - October 11, 2017

Google is permanently axing all top touch functionality from its new Home Mini device after a nasty bug was documented yesterday that essentially recorded everything around the gadget and sent it to Google. These things happen! Either the company couldnt be sure it could fix it or it couldnt be sure people would trust that it didso they made the choice to nuke it from orbit.

The bug, first reported by Android Police, was apparently a hardware issue that caused the touch sensor on the top of the device to register touches pretty much constantly. Touching the device iswell, wasan alternative to saying OK Google, waking the device up to listen to your commands. All of your voice interactions, of course, are sent to Google and kept in your account history. You can turn that handy feature off here, by the way.

So basically, the device was constantly sending clips of ambient noise and conversation along, eventually producing a nice searchable database of thousands of clips, organized by time (and potentially content, if it were to transcribe them).

At the time, Google responded promptly to the bug report and its investigation found an issue impacting a small number of Google Home Minis that could cause the touch mechanism to behave incorrectly.

That sounds like a hardware issue, and with those, unless you can identify a run of affected devices (say, serial no.s 12184 through 12433), you cant do an effective recall. If you cant do an effective recall, maybe you can solve it with an update. But if thats not possible issue a statement.

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.

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