Google re-enables touch feature on Home Mini

Google Home Mini update brings back the touch function

Back in October, its Google Home Mini speaker forced the company to permanently disable the touch sensor at the top of that device.

Google previously removed the play and pause buttons due to an issue that caused the device to constantly record users. Luckily, the firm has now restored those functions in its latest beta software, signaling it could return to the masses as a feature. This means you can control music, phone calls, alarms, and so on. Well, there's a bit of change though: you need to long-press the side because you can give a command. For the rest of the Home Mini units, the update should also deploy shortly. That is, this time the Google didn't go for the initial "tapping top of the Home Mini" method to start and stop playback.

When the Home Mini was first announced, it was originally created to recognize tapping gestures so its owners could control it and execute several functions including voice input.

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Fortunately, it appears that Google has finally addressed the issue and was able to come up with tweaked touch controls to keep the Home Mini from taking "phantom touches" and recording audio without the user's request. Google has twice disabled the Echo Show's ability to show YouTube videos on the device. It's a good sign that Google has been hard at work for Home Mini owners. And while the decision to protect the customer privacy was the right one and to Google's credit, it worked on the fix right away but, doing so crippled some of the Google Home Mini's capabilities and appeal.

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