Latest Google Home Mini update bring back its side touch features

Upcoming Google Home speakers might feature multi-touch controls

The Home Mini is simply a souped down version of the original Google Home but unfortunately, there were a few units that reportedly experienced some problems, prompting Google to remove all top touch functionality on the device. For the rest of the Home Mini units, the update should also deploy shortly. The said speakers incorrectly recognized "phantom" touch events as legitimate tap gestures and automatically activated the device's voice recording feature.

Even if it's not something for everyone to try, it's still a worthwhile video for highlighting what's possible in the Google Home Mini's form factor.

The recently-released Google Home Mini had some rudimentary tap-to-pause input at launch, but Google chose to permanently disable the feature due to privacy concerns after it was found to trigger non-stop voice recordings in some review units.

Here is something that users of the Google Home Mini would be rejoicing - the Mountain View company has come up with a new update that restores to some extent numerous touch functionalities that a previous update had removed.

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According to reports, the ability to start and stop playback by tapping the top part of the device is still inactive.

In this role, you'll work on the next generation of Google Hardware to enable the best multi-touch user experience.

We were told it would be a permanent change but good news, the tech giant has restored the touch functionality.

The Home Mini is an affordable smart speaker that packs Google's Assistant. Google is rolling out a new feature that lets you use the sides of the device to play or pause whatever you're listening to, be it music, news or if you want to end a call you're on. It is now priced $29 after a $20 discount.

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