Published: Sat, December 09, 2017
IT | By Lester Massey

Google re-enables touch controls for its smart Home Mini speaker

Google re-enables touch controls for its smart Home Mini speaker

I give kudos to Google for not giving up on the features and finding a way to somehow keep them implemented without using the top touch control, but a tap on the middle seems more second-nature to me than long-pressing the sides.

Google's original Google Home smart speaker features touch input for volume controls and play/pause commands, but no multi-touch functionality.

The company disabled the feature in October this year, after a privacy issue was reported in which the Mini was registering phantom touches and recording more often than it should.

Previously, Home Mini users were able to start and stop something playing by tapping the top of the speaker. According to Google, the Home Mini behaved as if the top touch control mechanism was constantly activated, which led the search giant to disable top touch functionality.

Unfortunately, a bug affecting some devices would cause the Home Mini to record all the time, saving all audio full time.

Either way, the Home Mini is a device that is meant to be used with your voice, with any touch controls coming as a bonus rather than a pre-requisite. The volume rockers would work for adjusting the volume. With the latest update, you can long press the side to access the same functions as the old top press.

Recently, A rare public spat in the technology industry escalated when Google said it would block its video streaming application YouTube from two Inc devices and criticized the online retailer for not selling Google hardware. The Google Home Max speaker, which is due to be released later this month, comes with similar basic touch input features. The update will also be available to Home Mini units that are enrolled in Google's software preview program.

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