Google Home Mini Firmware Update Reinstates Touch Controls Previously Disabled Over Privacy Concerns

Google's Home Mini smart speaker received an update on Friday that brings back some of the touch-based controls that the company had to disable shortly after its release back in October (via AndroidPolice).

Google was forced to turn off the built-in touch panel, which is designed to let users activate Google Assistant with a long press instead of a voice command, after a reviewer discovered that some of the devices were registering "phantom touch events".


The issue meant that some Minis were prone to recording conversations and sounds even when no "OK Google" voice command was spoken, immediately prompting privacy concerns. As a result, Google opted to disable the touch features completely, including single-tap functions that played and paused music, snoozed alarms, and ended phone calls.

Friday's v1.29 firmware update reinstates some of that single-tap functionality, but via a side long press instead. After installing the update, Google Home Mini owners will again be able to play/pause music, end phone calls, and silence alarms without speaking to the device. However, users still won't be able to trigger voice input using touch, because the top long press functions remain disabled.

The software tweak is initially being rolled out in the preview firmware channel, which Home Mini owners can join via the Home app settings if they don't want to wait around for the automatic update.



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10 weeks ago

I know I may get busted by the mods but is this a mac rumour? Unless I'm missing something and there was an iOS app connected to this?


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10 weeks ago
I know I may get busted by the mods but is this a mac rumour? Unless I'm missing something and there was an iOS app connected to this?
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10 weeks ago
Okay, am I missing something with this new fad of "smart" speakers? Like what is the point of them? Its just a bluetooth speaker with Amazon/Google/Apple's crappy "smart" assistant built in. What functionality does it provide other then having to shout at it 6 times to get it to play the correct song.
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10 weeks ago
The “fresh minds” at Google at their engineering best.
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10 weeks ago
Must have been posted on wrong site.
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10 weeks ago
This... is basically a hardware design flaw with the device and google is attempting to walk around fixing it with software.

Don't understand how this isn't a bigger deal...
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10 weeks ago

What a bunch of baloney. I’ve been an iPhone users since the 3G and have had a great experience without Google crap on my phone.


“Baloney?” I am not going to address your sloppy typo. Any experienced iPhone user knows Apple doesn’t have group FaceTime. You have to use a 3rd party app to get group video chatting. Hangouts works well. I didn’t choose my institution’s email service either. Google Drive is an important content collaboration app as well. I need that for assignments.

Your needs are different than mine. Just be mindful there are others that rely on Google’s services despite owning an iPhone or iOS device.
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10 weeks ago

Okay, am I missing something with this new fad of "smart" speakers? Like what is the point of them? Its just a bluetooth speaker with Amazon/Google/Apple's crappy "smart" assistant built in. What functionality does it provide other then having to shout at it 6 times to get it to play the correct song.


Function is 1984. They’re listening to you.
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10 weeks ago

You are number six.

What does that even mean??
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10 weeks ago

What does that even mean??


It’s a reference to The Prisoner series with Patrick McGoohan. Look it up and watch it and you’ll understand what these 1984 speakers are for.

Here: https://g.co/kgs/ZxGQoa
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