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[Update: Statement] The latest Ultimate Ears BOOM app update removes Alexa and other features, and people are pissed

Ultimate Ears makes good speakers, but it's not so good at the software end of things. It was stated in the BOOM 3 announcement yesterday that a redesigned app was on the way, and it looks like it's already here. However, it removes a ton of features, and the new look is rubbing people the wrong way. Needless to say, BOOM owners are not happy.

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[Deal Alert] UE BOOM 2 drops to just $75 on Amazon for today only

Ultimate Ears's BOOM 2 Bluetooth speaker may be a few years old now, but it's still one of the best on the market. With its recent discounts, it's become an even more enticing buy. But Amazon is currently offering the BOOM 2 for just $74.99, the lowest price we've ever seen, for today only.

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[Deal Alert] UE BOOM 2 now $99 (over 50% off) at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target

Ultimate Ears makes some of the best Bluetooth portable speakers around, and though they're a little on the expensive side, we usually think they're a good buy for anyone looking for a portable speaker that's capable of putting out some very respectable sound. One of those speakers is the UE BOOM 2, which sounded great when it first came out and can still hold its own against others on the market, despite having been launched a tad over 2 years ago now.

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[Deal Alert] The UE Boom 2 is currently half off at Verizon ($99) in a load of different color combinations

When I get a new speaker in the mail to test, one of my go-to devices for comparison is the UE Boom 2. Looks, features, sound – this speaker checks off all the boxes. Today, it even checks the box next to great price. Right now you can pick one up at Verizon for just $99, which is half the normal retail price and a full $30 less than the discounted price that everyone else is offering, including T-Mobile (better get on that Mr. Legere, can't let big red beat ya, it'll ruin your sterling reputation).

What makes this deal even sweeter is that the discount isn't restricted to just one color combination as is often the case with killer sales.

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Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 Review: Better Than The Original, But No Longer The Best

Back in July of 2014, a speaker came out that changed the way I thought of Bluetooth speakers: the Ultimate Ears BOOM. At the time — and for many months after — this speaker was the benchmark by which all others were judged. Then came the MEGABOOM, a damn-near double sized BOOM. Again, benchmark-quality stuff. The ROLL is the smallest entry from Ultimate Ears, but that didn't stop it from also being incredible. Needless to say, Ultimate Ears has been putting out some of my favorite speakers over the last two years.

Then JBL came along and changed the game again.

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[Hands-On] Ultimate Ears Releases 'Block Party Mode' Update For The MEGABOOM, BOOM 2, And ROLL

Ultimate Ears makes some of the best Bluetooth speakers on the market today, but what's almost as notable is the company's consistent updates. The BOOM speakers are already some of the most feature-rich when combined with the app(s), and today they're getting even better with a new feature called "Block Party Mode."

Basically, this allows up to three devices to connect to the speaker at the same time and take turns playing music. Everything is controlled by the "host" (the person who started the Block Party), which allows them to play/pause music on any of the connected devices, as well as change the volume of the speaker and boot users who don't want to play nicely.

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Ultimate Ears Announces The BOOM 2 With Increased Volume, Longer Battery Life, And IPX 7 Protection

For the past two years, the Ultimate Ears BOOM has been, in my opinion, the benchmark Bluetooth speaker. It was the first one to come out that really and truly changed the way I personally thought about BT speakers, because it was the first one that didn't sound like a tiny, ultra-portable speaker. Since then, we've seen a lot of really nice speakers step the game up, but despite being two years old, the BOOM has been able to hold its own against basically all of them.

Today, UE announced the successor to the BOOM, the BOOM 2. Naturally, this builds on what UE started with the BOOM and makes it better.

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