The device's published specifications did not mention a microphone, however the updated product page now mentions one.
"The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been listed in the tech specs. That was an error on our part. The microphone has never been on and is only activated when users specifically enable the option," Google said.
Nest, which Google acquired for $3.2 billion in 2014, sells video doorbells, security cameras and thermostats that automatically adjust settings based on user behavior.
Alphabet merged Nest, which had operated as an independent unit, into its Google hardware group last year.