Google Home Mini had its touch options disabled after it was found to be recording users constantly, but they're not available again.
Customers of the Home Mini smart speakers can now once again use the touch controls after Google reactivated them. The tech giant had disabled them back in October over a feature that involved it constantly recording users, raising concerns about an invasion of privacy.
Now, owners can control playback by pressing volume buttons on the surface. You can halt playback by pressing and then holding buttons while something is playing, which is helpful when the device is right next to the user.
Google Home Mini is one of two products offered under the company’s line of smart speakers. It is $49, and cheaper than the more expensive Home Max option. Its main competition is Amazon’s Echo Dot.