Google Reactivates Home Mini's Touch Controls With a Few Changes

Google Reactivates Home Mini's Touch Controls With a Few Changes

Remeber that the unwanted recording of the users voice due to the fabric was the reason for Google to eliminate the tapping Home Mini top mode from the speaker. Well, instead of taping the top of the Home Mini to start and stop playback, you will now be able to long press the volume buttons on either side of the Home Mini to control whatever is playing on the device.

The touch functionality, though not vital for the device, is a welcomed ability becaues it eliminates the need to speak. Luckily, the firm has now restored those functions in its latest beta software, signaling it could return to the masses as a feature. 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.

The update is expected to roll out today for Home Mini units that are enrolled in Google's software preview program.

Isabelle Olsson, lead designer for home hardware for Google, Inc., introduces the new Google Home Mini at a product launch event, October 4, 2017, at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, California.

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Meanwhile, it is important to note that the reactivation of the touch controls are now limited to users who joined Google's Preview Program. But top on the middle seems to be second-nature for users than pressing long on the sides.

Previously, you could tap the side of the Mini to control the volume of the speaker.

The latest update is rolling out now, but it's better not to get too much excited because it is not available for everyone.

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