Popular Bluetooth speaker company Ultimate Ears announced today that it is adding Siri and Google Now integration to its lineup of speakers. With this feature, users can access their music directly from the speaker, making it even easier to change songs, artists, and more.
Users can access Siri or Google Now by simply pressing the Bluetooth button on their speaker and telling their respective voice assistant what they would like to hear. It works exactly the same as activating the voice assistant with your smartphone, except now you don’t have to actually be right next to your device.
“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.”
Specifically, this feature works with the UE BOOM 2 and the UE MEGABOOM, which come in at $179 and $249.99 respectively on Amazon. With support for Google Now and Siri, the Ultimate Ears can position its speakers as useful for doing anything that Siri and Google Now are capable of, like sending text messages, checking the weather, and much more.
We called the UE Boom 2 one of the best Bluetooth speakers on the market in our review a few months ago, while we also praised the MEGABOOM when it was unveiled a year ago.
In order to use Siri or Google Now via your UE BOOM 2 or MEGABOOM, you’ll need to download the latest version of your speaker’s app from the App Store when it becomes available, which should be very soon. The full press release is below: