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.



#66: Route 66

September 29th, 2016 · 82 minutes

Russell comes to the end of his Noteworthy journey. Yasmine shines a bright light on the Google Assistant while it sweats uncomfortably. Andy dreams big about October 4th.

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We announced the 1st version of Android 8 years ago today. I have a feeling 8 years from now we'll be talking about Oct 4, 2016

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Google Chrome Blog: Chrome OS is here to stay

Over the last few days, there’s been some confusion about the future of Chrome OS and Chromebooks based on speculation that Chrome OS will be folded into Android. While we’ve been working on ways to bring together the best of both operating systems, there's no plan to phase out Chrome OS.

Exclusive: Google will introduce Google Wifi, a $129 home Wi-Fi router, on October 4th
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Yasmine Evjen on Twitter: "Allo doesn't let you type a Direct Reply. It lets you tap Smart Reply options. 👎 Annoying, especially when none are given. LET ME DO BOTH."
Yasmine Evjen on Twitter: "#GoogleAllo on Android Wear with multiple chats. Chats won't expand, so you can't see the messages."
Yasmine Evjen on Twitter: "Messages from a single chat display without a problem. You can reply if smart replies are provided by Google Assistant #GoogleAllo"
Yasmine Evjen on Twitter: "Google Assistant still in preview had to ask "Presidential Debate dates" to get the answer to What time is the Presidential Debate tomorrow?"
Yasmine Evjen on Twitter: "Google Assistant and I have decided to look past our flaws 🤖😍"
Yasmine Evjen on Twitter: "🖖🤖"

Are you a fan of Star Trek?

Yasmine Evjen on Twitter: "Can we talk about #GoogleAllo stickers? This sticker is animated..."
Yasmine Evjen on Twitter: "The Entertainment Quiz on Allo is fun. What a clever way of displaying additional information when the answer is revealed."