Back in October, there was an issue discovered with the Google Home Mini in which it appeared to be recording everything the user is saying or doing even without being prompted. However it later turned out that this was not a privacy issue or a bug, but rather a hardware issue in which the button on the device got a bit sticky and continued to hold record.
Google disabled the functionality temporarily, and the good news is that thanks to a recent update, it’s back, although not necessarily in the same form. According to a report from Android Police, Google has recently issued a firmware update to the Home Mini that bumps it up to version 1.3.
In this version, touch functionality is back but like we said, not necessarily in the way you remember it. Instead of tapping the top of the device to activate it, users will now long-press the side button. It’s a slight change but we guess it’s better than nothing, especially since if it was a hardware issue and there’s nothing Google can do save for asking customers to return their units.
As Android Police notes, the update is in the preview firmware channel and will eventually make its way to everyone else, but in the meantime for those who can’t wait, you can join the channel through the Home app settings.