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Google reportedly suspends integrations with Xiaomi smart camera due to software bug

Google this month reportedly suspended its integrations with Xiaomi-manufactured Internet of Things devices, after one user's Xiaomi smart camera began showing images from strangers' homes while the content was being streamed to a Google Nest Hub.

As of Jan. 6, Google has restored all of its Assistant devices' integrations with Xiaomi products, except for the camera model that was observed exhibiting the usual, privacy-threatening behavior, Android Police has reported. This model has been identified as the Xiaomi Mijia/Mi Home Security Camera Basic 1080p.

Xiaomi reportedly says it has fixed the integration issue with Google, which resulted from a Dec. 26 cache update; however, the Chinese electronics manufacturer is still working to solve the root of the problem, and until that time, the integrated service will remain disabled.

"This has only happened in extremely rare conditions. In this case, it happened during the integration between Mi Home Security Camera Basic 1080p and the Google Home Hub with a display screen under poor network conditions," said the company's official statement, according to Android Police. "We have also found 1,044 users were with such integrations and only a few with extremely poor network conditions might be affected. This issue will not happen if the camera is linked to the Xiaomi’s Mi Home app."

The error was reportedly first brought to light on Jan. 2 by Reddit forum user /u/Dio-V, who noted that "When I load the Xiaomi camera in my Google home hub I get stills from other people's homes!!"

Google acknowledged the issue and suspension of integrated services in a quote provided to Android Police. SC Media has reached out to the company to see if it has a more up-to-date comment.

Bradley Barth

As director of multimedia content strategy at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for online conferences, webcasts, podcasts video/multimedia projects — often serving as moderator or host. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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