Google admits error over hidden microphone2019-02-20 12:45 by Daniela
Google has admitted that it made an error in not disclosing that one of its Nest Secure home alarm products - Nest Guard - contained a microphone.
The hardware feature came to light after Google announced a software update to the Nest Secure system would enable it to use its voice-activated helper, Google Assistant, which is powered by artificial intelligence to answer queries and commands.
At launch, the device listing on the Google Store noted the presence of motion, proximity, and tamper detection, but not the microphone. That retail listing has yet to be explicitly updated, but the Nest.com product page now reflects the microphone and "Built-in Google Assistant."
"The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been listed in the tech specs. That was an error on our part. The microphone has never been on and is only activated when users specifically enable the option," a Google spokesperson explained.
The spokesperson added that Nest Secure had the microphone for future features like detecting the sound of glass breaking.
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