Last week, Google announced Google Home Mini at its Made By Google 2017 event. Buyers of Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL are to receive one of these speakers, which retail for $49, for free because of their purchase. Upon hearing about Mini on the grand stage last week, one’s privacy became of rapid concern, however, Google made it clear that nothing leaves Mini unless you opt in to it.
Review units (non-retail units) of Google Home Mini were given away to press in attendance at last week’s Google hardware event. And with every review unit, there is always at least one flaw, and Android Police was one of the first to discover it.
The flaw deals with, you guessed it, privacy. Android Police realized that Google Home Mini was listening to everything, 24/7. This shouldn’t be the case, because the speaker isn’t meant to spy on your everyday conversations, it’s only meant to supply information when you need it upon the calling of one of two hot words.
Upon further research, Android Police and various other sources discovered a Google Support page that explains the problem and that everything has been fixed via an update for retail units. In other words, if you pre-ordered Google Home Mini, or are expecting a free one, the issue will be of no concern to you since it has been patched prior to shipping. We’ll find out for sure next week when units get put in the mail.