Shortly before the Google Home Mini launched, it was discovered that some pre-release units were recording their owners 24/7. The issue was related to the Home Mini's top touch controls, and so Google decided to permanently disable that feature to prevent the issue from happening. Two months later, though, the touch functionality is making a comeback.
Google says that it's prepping an update for the Google Home Mini that will reactivate the device's touch features. This means that you'll be able to touch the sides of the Google Home Mini to play and pause music, end phone calls, and silence alarms. This time, though, you'll long press the side to perform these functions.
This feature will be enabled by the update to v1.30. The update will launch today, but it'll be available in Google's preview firmware channel first before rolling out to the public. If you just can't wait any longer for the touch feature on your Google Home Mini, you can join the preview channel.
To join the Google Home Mini preview channel, go into the Home app on your Phone, select the settings for your Google Home device, then tap on the Preview Program option and opt in.
While you can use your voice to do things by saying "Ok Google", it's also nice to have the option of just touching the side of the Google Home Mini to control it if you're nearby. When Google announced that it was disabling the touch feature a couple of months ago, it never said anything about re-enabling it, so it's good to see Google bringing the feature back a couple of months later.