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

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According to a report in The Verge on Saturday, Home Mini users will now be able to long press the volume buttons on either side of the device to control music, news, alarms and phone calls.

Shortly after the Google Home Mini was announced on October 4, it was discovered that there was an issue with the smart speaker's touch controls.

Google fixed the issue by removing the top tapping capabilities of the Google Home Mini. That's not to be taken as confirmation of a touch-enabled Google Home speaker, of course, but it suggests which features Google's considering.

Some units had an issue that led the speaker register touches even when no one was around, leading the units to start recording repeatedly.

But as Android Police first noticed months ago, this little fabric flaw caused the Home Mini to record their users 24/7, which could have been, needless to say, a massive privacy concern.

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Amazon and Google, which is owned by Alphabet, square off in many areas, from cloud computing and online search, to selling voice-controlled gadgets like the Google Home and Amazon Echo Show. 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.

In terms of input, both the Google Home and the Google Home Mini are relatively simple devices.

Google recently rolled out an update that will allow you to use Home speakers as intercom systems in your house. While the Google Home Mini isn't ideal, it's still a very good option when it comes to getting your feet wet with a smart speaker.

The update is firmware v1.30 and is rolling out today, so keep an eye out!

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