Material is a weekly discussion about the Google and Android universe. Your intrepid hosts try to answer the question, “What holds up the digital world?” The answer, so far, is that it’s Google all the way down.



Latest Episodes

#430: All Too Well

September 22nd, 2023 · 75 minutes

Are you ready for Bard to read your emails? Is it Google's fault a man drove off a bridge? Should Google prioritize human-written words over AI-written ones? And why are Taylor Swift fans crashing Google's search engine? Everything has an answer in this week's episode.

#429: People Use Google Because It's Helpful

September 14th, 2023 · 76 minutes

Google is officially on trial the same week Apple reminds us why some people can't get enough of its walled garden. Wired interviews Sundar Pichai and even gets him to crack a bit.

#428: Corporations Aren’t People

September 7th, 2023 · 63 minutes

Google looks back on 25 years of search, just as it announces it's requiring disclaimers on AI-generation political ads. Also, did Android need a capital A?

#427: I’m So Itchy

September 2nd, 2023 · 69 minutes

Andy and Flo are tired, but the show must go on. Google announces the next phase of AI infusion in Workspace. The company also leaked the new Pixel 8 before announcing a launch event in October. The modular Fairphone 5 is excellent but missing what makes everyone buy Apple and Samsung.

#426: Rhubarbs That Turn Into Donnybrooks

August 25th, 2023 · 54 minutes

We answer burning questions, like what Google wants with Johnny Cash's likeness and why it ceased development on an AR/VR device with Samsung. Sorry, parents, YouTube has been targeting ads to kids.

#425: Hump Day

August 17th, 2023 · 70 minutes

Robo taxis are a menace to society, or at least it seems that way in San Francisco. Flo shares her final thoughts on Samsung and Google's foldables. And Google introduces a batch of new AI tools to help summarize web pages on the fly.

#424: Attention K-Mart Shoppers

August 11th, 2023 · 70 minutes

Prepare to get more of Johnny Cash singing Europop hits, as Google is working with Universal on deep fake AI-based music. You can listen to it while making Android apps in your browser and sleeping in Google's hotel. The future!

#423: Fold vs. Fold

August 3rd, 2023 · 70 minutes

It's Taco Tuesday, even though we're recording on Wednesday and posting on Thursday: Flo has the Pixel Fold and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 in hand, while Andy leads us in a game of "Is This Thing Google's Doing Evil, Or Not?"

#422: New Winds Ahead

July 28th, 2023 · 64 minutes

Flo is back! Andy is elated! The two hosts catch up on life over the last nine weeks and discuss the results of Alphabet's latest quarterly earnings. Samsung also puts on a mediocre show for some foldables.

#421: The Me Show

July 20th, 2023 · 78 minutes

Flo is back next week! So Andy is exploiting this final solo episode to make it all about Him. His frustrations about saving web archives from Chrome. His extended thoughts on Indiana Jones. To his credit, he did throw in some news about Google’s new AR Space Invaders game, just so that this Google podcast doesn’t lose its liquor license. But he s…