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The problem came to light when Artem Russakvoskii, founder of Android Police, found that his review unit was waking up "thousands of times a day" to send recordings to Google after registering "phantom" touches on the top of the device. The software update fixes the problem by disabling the unit's touch activation feature.
"We have learned of an issue impacting a small number of Google Home Minis that could cause the touch mechanism to behave incorrectly," Google said in a statement. "We rolled out an update on Oct. 7 to mitigate the issue. Google Home Mini Discovered "Listening" at Random Times [cnet.com]