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Google Cuts Xiaomi Smart Camera Integration

Smart cameras are useful tools for keeping an eye on your home while you’re away. That said, a bug could mean you end up seeing what’s going on in other people’s houses instead. Such was the case when a Xiaomi Mijia owner tried streaming the camera’s feed to his Google Nest Hub.

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Reddit user Dio-V tried to stream the feed from his Xiaomi Mijia smart camera to his Google Nest Hub. The two devices were connected via his Google account, and the Mi Home app. Instead of his own feed, what he got were black and white stills from presumably other Mijia cameras. The images had Xiaomi Mijia timestamps, and showed a timezone that’s not his own. Some of the images appear to be partially corrupted as well.

Android Police reports that Google has since disabled all Mi Home product integrations, and commands to the Assistant. For now, it’s unclear if this is a bug in the interaction between the Mi Home service and Google, or if it’s a flaw that’s found only on either end.

Depending on the exact nature of the bug, this may be something that we never experience. After all, the Google Next hub is not officially available here. But if it’s an issue with the Mijia camera itself, or the Mi Home service, then may not be safe to continue getting live feeds from it. In turn, that will only limit it to the microSD card you’ve put in it, or other external storage solutions you’re using.

(Source: Reddit via Android Police. Image: Lazada)

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