No paying customers have been affected by the bug, since the Google Home Mini doesn't officially launch until next week. For several days, for thousands of times a day, it would wake up unsolicited, quietly recording sounds from his home and transmit them to Google's servers.
It's not uncommon for companies like Google and Amazon to keep the audio smart speakers hear. Over at Android Police, Artem Russakovskii noticed something amiss about the Google HomeMini he was reviewing.
Before you freak out, you should know that smart speakers have to send your voice queries to cloud servers to return responses.
A bug effectively turned the GoogleHome Mini into a spying device.
Stunned by the discovery, Russakovskii wanted to figure out if there was any warning this was happening.
This could have been a PR nightmare for Google, but as per Russakovskiis account, the company was committed and transparent throughout the whole process.
"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". We are rolling out a software update today that should address the issue.
What does that mean? In the Home Mini case, it was a long press on the touch panel, which allowed you to ask the assistant a question without saying the hotword. Then, like a twist in an episode of Black Mirror, Russakovskii discovered on his Google activity history that the Mini had been recording thousands of times per day without any direction or audible announcement. The malfunction is thought to have affected around 4,000 units. After swapping the device with Google, Google engineers determined that Russakovskii's Home Mini had a defective touch panel that was registering "phantom" touch events. However, the incident should raise concerns for privacy-conscious users, and businesses that may be considering using these kinds of products.
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