The search giant acknowledged the issue, and issued a patch to address the glitch, which according to the company, could be because of a faulty touch sensor at the top. You can see a statement from Google about the issue below.
On October 7th, three days after it handed out the Mini review units, Google rolled out a software update that disables the button. Meanwhile, it will develop a fix.
Now, that change will be permanent. The bug was first reported by Android Police.
It's not clear whether Google chose to cut the feature because it couldn't find a way to fix it or simply because it didn't want the issue to run and run, and become a PR nightmare. As before, the best way to control and activate Google Home Mini is through voice, by saying "Ok Google" or "Hey Google", which is already how most people engage with our Google Home products.
Google confirmed to BGR in a statement that it's going to permanently disable all touch functionality on the Google Home Mini.
That seemed to be the problem with Russakovskii's Mini, which "thought" someone was holding a finger down on the top and so was randomly activating and recording.
After a short privacy scare over the weekend that involved Google Home Mini and its top touch area functioning improperly, Google has gone ahead and permanently killed the feature. "If you're having any additional issues, please feel free to contact Google Support at 1-855-971-9121". Some of the early reviewers discovered that the Home Mini would activate the Google Assistant all by itself and record all the sounds around it, sending that data to Google's servers for processing. The gadgets will still respond to voice and volume can be adjusted by tapping the side of the device. It's available on the side of the product. About 4,000 Home Mini speakers are believed to have been distributed this way.
Reportedly, only people who received the device before the release date were affected by the glitch.
Google removes all top-touch functionality from the Home Mini. It is still not clear why this is so.
But Russakovskii discovered that his Mini was listening in on him even when he hadn't pressed the device's button or said, "OK Google". No one knows as orders haven't shipped yet.