Google Home Mini Caught Spying on Users

Google Home Mini Caught Spying on Users

Google Home Mini Caught Spying on Users

So, his Google Home Mini was sending all of this data back to Google. AndroidPolice discovered that the speaker managed at some point to take over a Spotify stream that was playing in a specific room and switch it to another room without being told to do so. According to the emails received by Artem, Google stated that this appeared to be a hardware bug in some of the Google Home Minis.

Google immediately responded, taking away his Home Mini and giving him 2 in exchange.

"The Google Home team is aware of an issue impacting a small number of Google Home Mini devices that could cause the touch control mechanism to behave incorrectly".

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He came to this conclusion after experiencing certain mishaps with the Google Home Mini, in which the smart speaker would fail to pick up on commands.

The Home Mini smart speaker is created to respond to commands when it hears the wake phrase "OK Google".

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. Not only because the speaker recorded everything it could hear, but also because this incident indicates that Google's hardware isn't flawless, no matter what the company told us during last week's press event.

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Google introduced the Home Mini early this month and the AI speaker is already available for purchase in many countries.

Ars can confirm that our pre-release Mini had the long-touch functionality when we first set it up, and the touch-to-talk feature was recently disabled.

Russakovskii has posted a video on YouTube showing the Home Mini activating and recording when it detects nearly any sound.

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This seems to be the problem: Russakovskii's Home Mini thinks somebody is pressing that button, hence, it was frequently listening to commands and recording. This change is also reflected in a separate support note describing the Home Mini's control functions, which says the long press is "temporarily disabled". As a result, Google has rolled out a software patch that deactivates the touch panel entirely. However widespread this issue is (we haven't seen any other reports like this), the good news is that this was caught before the product hit store shelves.

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