Google's Home Mini smart speaker received an update on Saturday that brings back play and pause tap buttons to its compact smart speaker.
It may be recalled that the tech giant’s touch input functionality was disabled back in October due to privacy concerns that were reported. A reviewer discovered that some of the devices were registering "phantom touch events" and recording more often than intended.
After installing the v1.29 firmware update, users will be able to enjoy all the functionalities of Google's Home Mini.
According to The Verge, the top button was originally aimed to be used ‘for controlling playback and for letting users manually trigger the Assistant. But soon after Android Police flagged that their unit was recording nonstop, ‘Google pulled the feature before the product could even ship’ and thereafter issued a fix for the speaker in order to resolve the issue of privacy violation.
The update is being rolled out to the company’s Home Mini speakers that are enrolled in Google’s software preview programme. After installing the v1.29 firmware update, users will be able to enjoy all the functionalities: play and pause music, end phone calls, and even silence alarms without instructing / speaking to the device.
However, users still won't be able to trigger voice input using touch, because it still remains disabled. Users can broadcast their voice from Google Assistant on smartphones or voice-activated speakers like Google Home.