Google calls Nest's hidden microphone an 'error'

CNET | 2/20/2019 | Alfred Ng
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Nest Secure's hub had a microphone hidden inside.

Google's line of Nest Secure products had microphones, but you wouldn't know that from their specs or the company itself.

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That became apparent after Feb. 4, when Google announced that its voice assistant would be coming to Nest Secure. The microphone has never been listed on Nest Secure's technical specifications, and was not publicized from Google.

In a statement first reported by Business Insider, Google said the omission was a mistake.

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"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 said in an email to CNET.

The spokesperson added that Nest Secure had the microphone for future features like detecting the sound of glass breaking.

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The omission will strike some people as a privacy concern, given that the microphone has...
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