Here’s a video of his Home Mini recording every sound that comes out of his TV:
After a Google engineer examined his unit, the big G found out that the device’s touch panel has been behaving erratically and activating the device on its own. As a result, Google has rolled out a software patch that deactivates the panel’s “touch to start” function.
“We learned of an issue impacting a small number of Google Home Mini devices that could cause the touch mechanism to behave incorrectly. We rolled out an update on October 7 to mitigate the issue,” a rep said in a statement. “If you’re still having issues, please feel free to contact Google Support at 1-855-971-9121 to get a replacement Google Home Mini.”
We’ll bet Google is rushing to fix the issue before the device starts shipping on October 19th. But if you want to be sure, the firmware that disables the touch panel is numbered 1.28.100122.