Software patch fixes Google Home Mini speaker's eavesdropping issue

Software patch fixes Google Home Mini speaker's eavesdropping issue

Software patch fixes Google Home Mini speaker's eavesdropping issue

The Google Home Mini device was caught accidentally saving thousands of recordings, requiring an update by the company.

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.

A software bug in Google's Home Mini smart speaker left the device recording everything, nearly constantly, and transmitting those recordings to Google's servers.

This was discovered by Artem Russakovskii from Android Police, he then contacted Google about it and now they have released a software update to fix the issue. If you've already got one, then there's a slim chance that your speaker might have been spying on you 24/7 due to a hardware issue.

While the Home Mini is typically activated by a user saying "OK, Google" or "Hey, Google", you can also activate the Mini press performing a long press on the device's panel.

Unfortunately, a major and deeply unsettling issue impacted a "small number of Google Home Mini devices" given away at last week's Made by Google event, organized in honor of the company's two new smart home products, as well as the Pixel 2 and 2 XL phones, and the Pixelbook.

It looks like the problem has something to do with the touch panel on the device. Eventually, Google sent an engineer, in person, to his house to swap out his Home Mini so they could test it. "We rolled out an update on October 7 to mitigate the issue".

Home assistants that connect to the internet to answer inquiries and parse voice commands are at risk, just like anything else online, of being compromised or being misused by their creators. That's bad, you know, because your Google Home units shouldn't be listening to you unless you purposely activate them. However, the alarming part in this whole snooping episode is that the Home Mini didn't make any noise while recording the sounds.

As explained by Google, the issue affected devices that were given out at the U.S. Made by Google launch event. Google may be able to bring this feature back in the future if it figures out how to identify defective units. And we all remember how much Google insisted on the quality of the Home Mini's design and materials.

Apparently, the review unit handed over to Russakovskii was malfunctioning on the touch sensor level.

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