Today I’m sharing news I know MANY consumers have been waiting to hear, particularly those who use iTunes or Google Music. Frankly, I’m surprised I’m the first one to think of it.
This week Ultimate Ears (UE) announced the addition of support for Siri and Google Now voice commands in its UE Boom 2 and UE Megaboom rechargeable Bluetooth speakers—both of which also include an AUX input port.
I wonder if you can guess where I’m going with this.
If you get an Echo Dot (remember, you have to order one from Alexa with the, “[wake word], order a Dot,” command) and plug it into the UE speaker’s AUX input port or connect it via Bluetooth you will have access to Alexa via the Dot, Siri and Google Now via the UE speaker, and audio from all three will be piped out of the UE speaker.
NOTE: If you’re already using the speaker’s Bluetooth connection for access to Siri or Google Now, you may need to plug the Dot into the AUX in port. However, according to UE’s own FAQ page you can have up to two devices connected to your speaker via Bluetooth, so that means you could have Siri from one device, Google from another, and Alexa from the Dot all available simultaneously.
Click here for UE’s FAQ page about the new Siri and Google Now voice controls.
These high-end UE speakers are very well-reviewed, built to be waterproof and shockproof, and have a Bluetooth connectivity range of 100 feet.
The UE Megaboom pictured above is currently (as of 6/23/16) available for $250, and the UE Boom 2 pictured below is currently available for under $200 (price varies according to color selection – click through on link to view available options).
It’s Not Just About Music
While the main draw here is for those who currently use iTunes or Google Music, the integration supports ALL Siri and Google Now voice commands. That means generic web search, something not currently supported by Alexa, is now possible.
With a Dot and supported UE speaker, you can have the best of all three worlds!
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The UE Megaboom currently (as of 6/23/16) has an average review rating of 4.5/5 stars across over 600 reviews and is available in Charcoal Black, Lava Red or Plum at $249.99, Electric Blue at $299.
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