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TechnologyGoogle says the built-in microphone it never told Nest users about was 'never supposed to be a secret'

17:35  20 february  2019
17:35  20 february  2019 Source:   businessinsider.com

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Google says the built - in microphone it never told Nest users about was ' never supposed to be a secret '. The existence of a microphone on the Nest Guard, which is the alarm, keypad, and motion-sensor component in the Nest Secure offering, was never disclosed in any of the product material for

Users , the company said , could now enable its virtual-assistant technology, Google Assistant. An anonymous reader shares a report: In early February, Google announced that its home security and "The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been listed in the

Google says the built-in microphone it never told Nest users about was 'never supposed to be a secret'© Getty

Google CEO Sundar Pichai was, like Zuckerberg, hauled before US Congress this year.

Pichai was questioned about alleged anti-conservative bias at the company, and Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren gave Pichai the chance to explain how Google search works.

"Right now, if you Google the word 'idiot,' under images, a picture of Donald Trump comes up. I just did that. How would that happen? How does search work so that that would occur?"

Pichai responded that Google employees cannot manually interfere in any search results.

In early February, Google announced that its home security and alarm system Nest Secure would be getting an update - users would now be able to use Google Assistant on their devices.

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In early February, Google announced that its home security and alarm system Nest Secure would Topical videos: Google it never told to be a secret nest secure. google assistant and business Similar from the Web. Google says Nest microphone was ' never supposed to be a secret '.

said , “ The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been built - in Google Assistant support to the Nest Guard, which is the Nest Secure system’s hub and that, “The microphone has never been on, and is only activated when users specifically enable the

The problem - users didn't know a microphone even existed on their Nest Secure devices to begin with. The existence of the micrphone was never disclosed in any of the product material.

On Tuesday, a Google spokesperson told Business Insider it had made an "error."

"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 spokesperson said. "The microphone has never been on, and is only activated when users specifically enable the option. Security systems often use microphones to provide features that rely on sound sensing. We included the mic on the device so that we can potentially offer additional features to our users in the future, such as the ability to detect broken glass."

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