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Some Google Home Mini speakers are reportedly crashing when playing music at full volume

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The Google Home Mini isn’t exactly known for having a powerful speaker, but it seems that the smaller version of Google’s smart speaker is stronger than we thought. Reports have been cropping up on Google’s forums and Reddit about the device crashing if the volume is turned up too loudly, as spotted by SlashGear.

At this point, it’s not entirely clear what causes the crash. Google team members have already responded in the forum threads to try and gather more information. So, at least the company is aware of the issue, even if it doesn’t seem that they quite know what the problem is.

Adding to the confusion: some users are reporting that the crash only occurs with certain songs, like “Royals” by Lorde, which is either indicative of a stranger problem, or a bias by Google’s Assistant AI against specific singers.

For now, the easiest fix seems to be lowering the volume, but hopefully a more permanent solution is coming soon.