• Google said that it had “error”
• Nest Secure was on shelves for 18 months
• The microphone never started: Google A hidden
microphoneis the worst type of microphone. When customers announced their home security system, Nest Secure, in early February, after recent updates, they were able to work as an AI – powered GoogleAssistant.
“With the flip of a switch in the nest app, you can set Secure as a listening assistant speaker,” the company announcing the update in a blog post.
Until that time, customers were not aware that Nest Secure had a microphone.
Google said that it had “error” in failing to include the microphone in technical details, the business insider first reported.
While some said that when the announcement was made that there should be no microphone in the product, Google did not address it until Tuesday.
Nest Secure was on shelves for 18 months.
A Google spokesman said in a statement to The Post, “On-device microphones were never intended to be secretive and should have been listed in technical specs.
” “This was an error from us, the microphone has not been turned on and is only active when users specifically enable the option.”
To add the microphone to the technology was added to leave the door open for extra features, Google said, like the ability to detect broken glass.
The company said that sound sensing devices are common in security systems. Google introduced a similar voice-powered functionality for Nest’s security cameras last year.
In a blog post, Google said that many people may not need GoogleSupporting functionality because most have already different devices for those purposes.
The company explained that the limit of voice command function will be limited – the system can not play music or can not be disarmed with a single voice.
But many people were worried about the possibility of access to homes without the knowledge of Google’s customers.
The tensions around privacy practices have increased because it was revealed that Facebook had allowed developers to access data of users, and 87 million users had compromised their data through political consultancy firm Cambridge Analyca.
In the Senate hearing in September, Google and Apple’s technical leaders told MPs that after several pushing against such measures, it was time for federal privacy law.
Google has also been caught in the fire for suspected privacy practices in the past, in August an investigation of the Associated Press revealed that Google was secretly recording the location of the customer’s location in Android phones, even if they were tracking Be made out.
Google had purchased the smart home appliance company Nest Labs for a $ 3.2 billion deal last February.
The company was working as a separate business from 2015 under the parent company alphabet.
It is now part of Google’s hardware division, which makes GoogleHome technology and Pixel smartphones.