Google Home Mini gets new update; regains start/stop controls

Isaac Cain
December 11, 2017

Touch controls on the side of the devices include; an ability to silence timers or alarms, pause or play music, and adjust volume levels.

Shortly after the Google Home Mini was announced on October 4, it was discovered that there was an issue with the smart speaker's touch controls. Simply look for firmware version 1.30, which is now hitting the preview channel. This button was originally supposed to be for controlling playback and manually accessing Google Assistant. 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. It'd take some while for the features to make its way on to all units. While the Google Home Mini isn't ideal, it's still a very good option when it comes to getting your feet wet with a smart speaker. The latter scenario would have caused the company great financial strain, that's for certain.

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Google might not have been first to market with a smart home speaker, but since the launch of Google Home a year ago, it's been working on delivering a better experience than the competition. At $49, it is a dedicated smart speaker as cheap as its rival, Amazon's own Echo Dot. It recently expanded its product lineup with the Home Mini and Home Max, and a new job listing suggests it's experimenting with speakers that support multi-touch gestures. That is, this time the Google didn't go for the initial "tapping top of the Home Mini" method to start and stop playback. As always, feel free to sound off in the comments section below!

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