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Ultimate Ears' Boom 2 and Megaboom pick up Google Now integration

Ultimate Ears is rolling out a firmware update to the UE Boom 2 (opens in new tab) and Megaboom (opens in new tab) that brings Google Now and Siri integration to the Bluetooth speakers. With the update, you can press the Bluetooth button and ask Google Now to play music, check the weather, search for nearby restaurants, and much more.

As the speakers are water-resistant, integrating Google Now lets you select and play tunes without having to access your phone. You can install the firmware update through the companion apps for UE Boom (opens in new tab) and Megaboom (opens in new tab).

The UE Boom 2 is available for $179 (opens in new tab), while the Megaboom retails for $249 (opens in new tab).

Ultimate Ears Now Lets You Say It to Play It

UE Speakers with Siri and Google Now Voice Integration Let Music Fans Easily Access Music Faster

NEWARK, Calif. — June 21, 2016 — Today, Ultimate Ears wants you to speak up and use your voice by introducing Siri® and Google Now™ voice integration on UE BOOM 2 and UE MEGABOOM. Now, music fans can simply say it to play it, allowing them to stay connected in the moment by providing faster, easier access to their music using Siri and Google Now voice directly from their Ultimate Ears speakers. The new push-to-talk feature brings even more convenience to UE's award winning on-the-go Bluetooth® speakers.

From cliff to cave, Ultimate Ears' speakers are meant to be with you, wherever, whenever. They're waterproof (IPX7), rugged and blast incredible 360-degree sound. This latest integration amps up the possibilities of where you can take your music and how easily you can access it all. "Music lovers can now truly stay in the moment, playing their favorite song from the middle of the pool or even while diving off a cliff with their UE speaker in hand," said Charlotte Johs, general manager of Ultimate Ears. "No matter how wet, muddy or wild the situation, with Siri and Google Now voice integration on UE BOOM 2 and UE MEGABOOM, fans no longer need to pick up their phone to play DJ. Now, they can just say it to play it."

Gone are the days of hunting down your favorite song on your phone as this new voice integration provides access to tunes in just a couple of seconds. Through a quick push of the Bluetooth button and a simple voice request, you can quickly get the party started and never miss a beat.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

  • If I remember correctly Google Now still doesn't allow playing music from the cloud correct. Only saved music?
  • Nope. I just said, "Play Song xxxx", and Google Play Music started playing it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thx for the info... I have just bought them Posted via Android Central App
  • Anybody can tell me on witch firmware version the boom 2 need to be?! I don't have this feature on 1.1.55 Thanks :)
  • Does UE use a slow roll out, much like Google? When I launch the UE app, it says up to date. Yet, I don't have the Google Now integration.
  • Updated the meagboom app and it shows an upate for the speaker. Update installs and tries to restart the speaker. It times out and does not restart the speaker. The update will not install through the app.