Xiaomi is Back on Google Home and Nest

Posted on January 17, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Smart Home with 0 Comments

Almost two weeks after Google disabled Xiaomi’s access to its Assistant and Home and Nest devices after a security breach, Xiaomi says it has resolved the issue. And customers can now use its smart security cameras within Google’s smart home ecosystem again.

“We now confirm that we have fully resolved the root cause of this issue, and Xiaomi’s Google integration service has resumed from 16, January,” a Xiaomi statement reads. “Users can now use Xiaomi’s Mi security camera services via Nest devices. At Xiaomi, we take user privacy and information security as [a] top priority. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused for affected users. We will take even stronger measures to prevent such incidents in the future.”

It’s still not clear exactly what happened, and it’s likely we’ll never find out. At the time of the bizarre breach, in which users of Xiaomi smart security cameras could see video feeds from other users, the firm only said that it was “caused by a cache update designed to improve camera streaming quality.”

Xiaomi says that only a few users were impacted, but apparently all of them posted videos to Reddit, since there’s a lot of footage to choose from. The firm said early on that it had explained what happened to Google and fixed the underlying issue quickly. The reason for the delay in reinstating Xiaomi’s access was chalked up to a need to make sure that the root cause of this episode had been really solved so that it never happens again.

Well, Google is apparently now satisfied with Xiaomi’s fix.

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