Google re-enables touch feature on Home Mini

Google re-enables touch controls for audio playback on the Home Mini

There's an update on the way for those of you with a Home Mini

Google is bringing play and pause buttons back to the Home Mini today, after initially removing them due to an issue that could cause the device to constantly record users.

Google launched "Home Mini" on October 4 for $49 at an event in San Francisco.

In Google's LinkedIn job posting for a "Touch Sensor Hardware Engineer", the company writes that it's looking to hire someone who will "work on the next generation of Google Hardware" to "enable the best multi-touch user experience".

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The Google Home Mini was supposed to have the same touch functionality as its full sized brother.

When launched, the "Home Mini" shipped with a feature that let owners activate the Google Assistant and control music by tapping the top of the speaker.

According to Android Police, Home Mini users will now be able to long press the volume buttons on either side of the device to control music, news, alarms and phone calls.

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Some units had an issue that led the speaker register touches even when no one was around, leading the units to start recording repeatedly.

Either way, the Home Mini is a device that is meant to be used with your voice, with any touch controls coming as a bonus rather than a pre-requisite. And while a long press isn't quite as convenient as tapping the top surface of the Mini, it's a handy addition that's easy enough to remember and use.

Amazon and Google, which is owned by Alphabet, square off in many areas, from cloud computing and online search, to selling voice-controlled gadgets like the Google Home and Amazon Echo Show.

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