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Google partially reinstates Home Mini’s tap functionality – with a twist

Google has partially reinstated Home Mini’s tap functionality, following its decision to disable the feature after it emerged that a faulty unit had recorded everything it heard, sparking concern from watchdogs.

Big G has slightly altered the way the utility works: Instead of simply tapping the Home Mini to access the so-called “tap functions,” you will now need to long-press the side, thus minimising the risk of the internal touch sensor sticking.

The new-found long-press functionality won’t, however, toggle the controversial voice input feature – that’s still disabled. It merely moves the top-based single tap commands – altering the volume level, for example – to the side.

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That doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of voice input, though. The traditional “OK, Google” hotword will continue to work like normal. You just won’t be able to apply pressure to the unit to manually activate it.

The feature is making the rounds as part of a new firmware update, according to Android Police. It’s currently available for units enrolled in Google’s Preview Program, but will reach all devices in the not-too-distant future.

Are you pleased with Google’s decision to restore Home Mini’s tap functionality? Has the update reached your unit yet? Be sure to let us know over on Facebook or Twitter @TrustedReviews.

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