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If you own a set of UE Boom 2 or Megaboom speakers by Ultimate Ears, then you will now be able to control them with your voice, as both Bluetooth speakers have received an update enabling voice integration. Simply press a button on the speaker to launch Google or Siri voice commands to search for specific songs or control music playback.

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You’ll need to have your Boom speakers paired with a smartphone for the voice commands to work, and you’ll need the latest version of the UE Boom or Megaboom app on the paired phone. The good news about this new addition is that, because both speakers are waterproof, that you no longer need to have your phone anywhere near water to use voice commands.

Even better is the fact you can also use voice commands for all the usual things you say “OK, Google” for on your phone. Search for stuff on the web, check the weather, find businesses nearby: you name it, you can now do it through your speakers. The lack of a screen will cause some inconsistencies, but for the simple stuff it’s pretty ideal.

Besides music playback, you can also use voice commands for all the things you usually say “OK, Google” for on your phone.

To activate the speakers’ listening mode, all you have to do is briefly press the Bluetooth button on the speakers themselves. You’ll hear the same chime you would when you tap the microphone icon on your smartphone or say “OK, Google” (or “Hey Siri”) to fire up your voice assistant. Speak your request and away you go.

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Do you use Google Now voice commands? Do you think voice-enabled speakers are useful?

Kris Carlon
Kris Carlon is a Senior Editor at Android Authority. He is a half-British Australian who lives in Berlin, travels a lot and is always connected to a laptop, phone, smartwatch or tablet (and occasionally a book).