Google Home Mini Gets Back Touch Controls, After Privacy Concerns

Google needs a multitouch expert for its Echo Show rival

Pre-ordered Google Home Minis and those sold at retail were not affected. This would prove useful if you're already next to the speaker when you just wanna stop what's playing or continue the jams. In short, all the tools will quickly get this functionality. Now one can play or pause by a long press at the sides of the Home Mini and the same if with the volume also.

Essentially, the top part of the Home Mini that acted as the area for these controls was far too sensitive and resulted in the speaker recording and sending audio back to Google 24/7. Despite affecting a fraction of devices, Google chose to disable the touch sensor on all of them with an update. These are all features which were previously working on touching the top of the Home Mini.

Interestingly, the above functions aren't anything new with the smart speaker. Instead, once the new firmware update for the Home Mini (v1.29) is installed, a long press on the side of the mini smart speaker will allow you to access media controls and alarms only.

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It's good to see that Google hasn't given up on the issue and find an alternative way to keep the feature implemented without using the top touch control. And touching the top is what comes as the most natural reaction for users to go for. Users still need to say "OK, Google" or "Hey, Google" to activate the Google Assistance.

The update should begin rolling out to all Home Mini users soon. The update will also be available to Home Mini units that are enrolled in Google's software preview program. Afterwards, it will roll out to all devices.

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