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Google Smart Speakers Spotted Listening to More Than Just Voice Commands


Google Home good speaker is reported to have by chance been listening in for essential sounds, even with out the utilization of the set off phrase that’s required to activate it. Google had introduced assist for ‘essential sounds’ for its Nest Aware residence safety paid subscribers whereby Nest audio system and shows will notify the person if a essential sound is detected, like a smoke alarm or glass breaking. This paid function was briefly noticed working for just a few unsuspecting unsubscribed Google good speaker customers as properly. Google says {that a} silent software program replace had mistakenly activated it for unsubscribed customers, however that replace has been rolled again now.

A Reddit person first reported the incident when the person’s Android gadget notified the person in regards to the smoke alarm going off. The person writes, “Burned something in the kitchen and the cheap $10 smoke detector went off. Then I got a notification on my phone that Google heard the smoke detector going off. Pretty rad, Google.”

A Google spokesperson confirmed to Protocol that the function was by chance enabled for unsubscribed customers, however that has been rolled again now. “A latest software program replace enabled these alerts on a few of our audio system that did not have a subscription, however we have since rolled that again.”

While the feature looks to be helpful in the broader sense for the security of the home, a silent seamless Google update enabling features without any intimation or user intervention is a cause of concern. It also raises questions on claims of privacy that these smart speakers come with, something that has been under debate since years. As mentioned, the feature was rolled out for Nest Aware paid subscribers in May.

This ‘critical sounds’ feature being spotted on a broad set of users without subscription also comes at an opportune time. Google has just acquired a 6.6 percent stake in home security provider ADT. As part of the deal, Google may look to provide this ‘critical sound’ listening feature to all users – subscribers and non-subscribers – in the future. The tech giant offered no clarity on future plans.

For now, ADT looks to use Nest’s Internet-connected cameras, as well as another device called the Nest Home Hub that comes with an Internet-connected camera, as part of its customers’ security systems.

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