Remember when the Google Home Mini launched and its touch sensor had to be disabled by the search giant because it recorded everything regardless of whether a trigger word was spoken or not? Well, it seems that Google isn’t willing to give up on the feature entirely, with at least some of the functionality being brought back in the latest preview firmware.
According to AndroidPolice, version 1.29 of the preview firmware brings back partial touch functionality, in that the functions that were previously controlled by a single tap on the top of the Google Home Mini are now controlled by long presses on the side of the device. This means you can long press the side of the Google Home Mini to pause and resume playback. Voice input, for the moment at least, is still unable to be triggered by tapping on the diminutive Google Home.
If you aren’t running on the preview firmware, you can head into the Google Home app to enroll on the channel to gain access to the touch control feature. It may be necessary to reboot the Google Home Mini to force it to install the new firmware if it hasn’t already downloaded the update.