Google axes touch function from Home Mini following privacy concerns

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The defective device was reportedly recording random touches so it could have the authorization to start audio recording and store the output on Google servers.

That also means you won't be able to use it to play music or stop an alarm, as the touch button was also tied to these particular features. Other stores available nationwide for voice orders on Google Home include Costco, Kohl's and PetSmart.

The Google Express expansion follows Target's successful trial of the home-delivery shopping service in California and NY, allowing more guests across the country to shop Target's assortment via the service for delivery in two days.

Like many retailers, Target has been offering more shopping options.

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The secret-recording fiasco could impact potential Google Home Mini sales.

A Google spokesperson confirmed the issue to CNN Tech and said it stems from the touchpad, known as the activation button, on the devices given to early reviewers. This past summer, for example, the Minneapolis discounter began expanding its next-day essentials delivery service that it was testing to the Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C./Baltimore areas. "So we're excited to offer this service nationwide in time for the busy holiday season". And he also believes that this voice-shopping will be of more widespread in the upcoming years. They recently launched a whole product line for the Echo, and in response, Google revealed their own hardware technology. In August, the company ditched the $95-per-year membership fee required by Google Express, a clear sign that it wants to lure in more customers with free deliveries, in addition to other benefits of the membership. Voice-command shopping through smart speakers like the Amazon Echo still hasn't caught on in a big way, but that may change as the technology grows more precise. Those kinds of buy-online, pickup-in store options could help traditional retailers compete with Amazon, though the online seller's purchase of Whole Foods this year could weaken that advantage.

One of the reasons people are nervous installing a Google Home device is the persistent feeling the search giant may be spying on them. And 29 percent of them use the device for some shopping, Forrester says.

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