Google has decided that its Home Mini speakers will not respond when users touch them.
Google has turned off the touch activation feature after it found that sensors primed to spot a finger tap were too sensitive.
Users of Home Mini have found out that the touch sensors were registering “phantom” touches that turned them on. The speakers were recording everything around them thousands of times a day.
Google said that they are going to disable this feature so that users will get any trouble.
The Home Mini gadgets were unveiled on 4 October as part of a revamp of its line of smart speakers by Google. The intelligent assistant feature on it could be activated two ways, by either saying “OK, Google” or by tapping the surface.
The problem with the gadgets was discovered and stated by early reviewers and those who got the devices from Google launch events. As per the records, nearly 4,000 Home Mini speakers have been distributed.
As per the experiences, the device seems to activate without anyone touching them or speaking “OK, Google”. All the information recorded was sent to Google.
In a statement, Google explained that it took “user privacy very seriously” and has decided to disable the touch-to-activate function. It is not clear if the feature will be reinstated at a later date.
Google has decided that it would apply the update across all Home Mini speakers by the end of 15 October. But yes, the gadgets will still respond to voice and volume can be adjusted by tapping the side of the device.