Google's Nest hub has a built-in microphone, which it forgot to reveal

Google claims to have forgotten to mention that it included a microphone in a security product that it had started to sell in 2017 but accused that mistake of omission

Google announced on Wednesday that it made a mistake by not revealing the microphone built into its Nest Secure home security system. In a statement, Google said that this omission was a mistake and that the microphone was never a secret.

Google acquired Nest for $ 3.2 billion in 2014. Nest sells video doorbells, security cameras, and thermostats that automatically adjust settings based on user behavior. In 2017, Google launched the sale of Nest Guard, which controls home alarm sensors.

Earlier this month, Google announced an update to Nest Secure and users could now activate their Google virtual assistant in Nest Guard. But it had not informed consumers of the built-in microphone of the device.

As of January 2019, the product specifications of the device did not mention a microphone. However, the updated product page now mentions one. Business Insider reported for the first time that the microphone was missing from the product description.

In its defense, Google said that the microphone was no longer active since its launch and that users should allow it to progress.

"The microphone of the device was never designed to be a secret and should have been included in the technical specifications, it was an error on our part. The microphone has never been activated and is activated only when users specifically activate the option, "said Google.

Alphabet last year integrated Nest, which operated as an independent unit, into its Google hardware group.

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