Google's mini smart speaker goes into 'Terminator mode'

Google's Home Mini needed a software patch to stop some of them from recording everything

When the new Google Home Mini was announced recently, Google gave the device out to a number of people to test out. He noticed that his Google Home Mini was active and recording sound throughout the day, not only when he uttered the "OK, Google" keyword. Google said the problem was accidental and that it has now been fixed.

Android Police's Artem Russakovskii was reviewing the Google Home Mini.

The video below shows the faulty Google Home Mini in action and offers you an idea of how you can easily see if the speaker is recording everything: The lights turn on to tell you the speaker is active.

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The Home Mini is meant to bring the convenience of the firm's smart assistant to any room at an affordable price, but it may have been doing more than just that. That wake-up command is normally "Hey Google" or "OK Google" but the device, in this case, had a bad touch sensor on top and it simply listened constantly.

As Russakovskii explains, he'd placed the Home Mini in his bathroom but soon discovered it was waking up "thousands of times a day" and transmitting recordings to Google.

We'll bet Google is rushing to fix the issue before the device starts shipping on October 19th.

One of those reviewers is reporting that the Home Mini he was writing about was nearly constantly recording sounds in his home. It was here that he noticed the thousands of recordings with timestamps to go along with them. And we all remember how much Google insisted on the quality of the Home Mini's design and materials.

Russakovskil quickly informed Google of what he found and the company pushed out a patch to fix the issue by removing the touch activation from the Home Mini. The devices basically act as if someone is long-pressing the button to activate Assistant all the time, so they are recording nearly constantly.

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