Google Home Mini touch feature disabled eavesdropping flaw

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Target has now become the latest company to join Google in its voice shopping efforts after Walmart hopped onboard late August, cementing the trio's intent to topple Amazon's reign in online shopping. "So if you're on the go and remember you need a birthday gift for the weekend, you can just say 'Ok Google, buy a kids bomber jacket from Target, '" the company said.

EPIC has pending complaints with the FTC and DOJ alleging that always-on devices like Google Home, Echo and Siri violate consumer protection law and federal wiretap law. Because his rooms are already laden with other Google Home and Amazon Echo speakers, he made a decision to plonk the Home Mini in his bathroom.

The Google Home Mini smart speaker hasn't yet been officially released, but it hasn't stopped it from getting into trouble. Google also noted at the time that the problem affected units that were designed for those who were reviewing the device and wouldn't be a problem in Google Home Mini units consumers would get when the device would go on sale on October 19.

Data from Strategy Analytics suggests that Amazon's Alexa smart assistant is surpassing Google in the home. Odds are, if you do your research, you will find some search results about the secret-recording issue. That's not good for Google.

Connected speakers are becoming a big thing nowadays, and Amazon, Google, and Apple (well, soon) are at the forefront of the new trend. You get it in the mail, open it up, and try using its various features. They can also use their loyalty card of Target as an option for shoppers of Google Express.

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The device could be activated by saying "OK Google" or "Hey Google" with a light touch at the top.

The search - part of Target's deal with Google - follows a similar announcement by Pinterest regarding a deal in which the two companies will focus on developing products and services related to visual search.

He admits that he pretty much wrote off all the privacy concerns until he noticed that his Google Home Mini was not working the same as all the other smart devices he has in his home. According to Forrester Research, 12 percent of shoppers own some voice device like Echo or Google Home.

Unless Google manages this crisis carefully, this worry about constant recording - again, a trust issue - could spill into other Google products. It also once again raises the privacy issues of having these devices in your home.

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