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

#371: All Your Questions Answered

August 6th, 2022 · 57 minutes

Andy's doing another solo show this week, as Flo is off on assignment. It's a bummer because Flo would have loved participating in this week's opening banter on Jerry Lewis and Andy's Google Home Mini. Andy discusses Samsung's new repair mode on its Galaxy smartphones and Stadia's exit from the Google Store. He also performs a live reaction to a v…

#370: Sustainable Value

July 29th, 2022 · 70 minutes

This week, we're checking in with Google. The Q2 2022 financial results are out, and while the Search Giant is doing fine, it will have to rethink a few other elements of the business. (Chromebooks aren't doing so hot!) Then, a few updates: Gmail's Material Redesign is rolling out to everyone, and Google Maps adds a few new helpful features. We'll…

#369: And Now, For Some Distractions

July 22nd, 2022 · 84 minutes

Andy is melting, but he's still intact enough to sit and chat with Flo about what makes the Google Pixel 6a so compelling. Reviews came out this week, including Flo's, and we're going through all the reasons why you might want Google's mid-ranger. Don't forget that the Pixel Buds Pro is also on the roster. Then, we'll discuss Google's latest Glass…

#368: Where Did Google Stuff the Bodies?

July 15th, 2022 · 75 minutes

Don't worry. The podcast isn't grim this week. We're talking about physical staffers at Google right now and why the company is imposing a hiring slowdown to deal with the recession. But before we get into that, we'll tell you about Flo's experience with the Nothing Phone (1) and where she thinks it fits into the global Android zeitgeist. We'll …

#367: Only Tangentially

July 10th, 2022 · 59 minutes

Andy's enthusiasm for Sir Paul McCartney's live stream is infectious. Your hosts check up on their Nexus Q auctions before getting into the week's biggest tangential news: there might be ads coming to your Lock Screen. We'll also discuss Google's new policies to protect your health-related search queries and tell you a tale of YouTube's latest fol…

#366: 'Tis The Times

July 1st, 2022 · 69 minutes

The new localized Waymo commercials in San Francisco are palatably saccharine, and Flo feels a certain way. This week's podcast will dive into the latest case where law enforcement is forcing Google to hand over incriminating data and what that means for the U.S. now that Roe v. Wade is overturned. We'll also cover why Google created a new subsi…

#365: The Death of Google Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

June 23rd, 2022 · 79 minutes

No, Google is not dead, but a pundit on the internet thinks it is! Andy and Flo use this prompt to kick off this week's conversation. The consensus seems to be that it's not dead yet. The web has just changed.

Afterward, we'll talk about why lawmakers urge Google to fix abortion searches that suggest fake clinics instead of verified ones. We'l…

#364: How to Minister to Artificial Intelligence

June 17th, 2022 · 76 minutes

Andy and Flo wonder why the new Chromecast ambient mode is cluttered with widgets before they get into a recent whistleblower's claims that Google's LaMDA is a sentient being. (It's not.) We'll explain the what, why, and no-how of last weekend's most trending Google story. Then, it looks like iPhones are getting some Googley abilities. We'll cheek…

#363: No More Spoilers

June 10th, 2022 · 69 minutes

Andy fixed his Pixelbook display problem, and Flo can't stop watching Columbo. This week, your hosts talk about why Google canceled a presentation on caste bias and why folks are asking the company to take action against radicalism festering inside its work walls. Then, we'll lighten things up with the latest Android 13 Beta 3 and our favorite p…

#362: Farewell To Thee, Google Duo

June 3rd, 2022 · 69 minutes

Andy and Flo get a little bit into the Star War after Andy explains why he started the podcast a little flustered with the Google Pixelbook. This week, we're talking about why Google is deprecating Duo and rolling it up into Meet and what that means for the rest of us who just figured out how to use these things. Then, did you know there was ano…