As well as responding to “Ok Google” voice commands, the Home Mini has a touch-sensitive surface than be used to alert the Google Assistant, and adjust the volume among other things.
Apparently, a malfunction with the sensor tricked some Home Mini devices into thinking the button was being touched when it wasn’t.
Related: Google Home vs Amazon Echo
This caused a “small number” of the devices to listen into users without being prompted.
Now, in a statement given to Wareable, Google says it has permanently disabled the feature.
“We take user privacy and product quality concerns very seriously. Although we only received a few reports of this issue, we want people to have complete peace of mind while using Google Home Mini.