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

#459: Wizard Needs Data Badly

April 12th, 2024 · 69 minutes

Mercury is in retrograde. Andy didn't make it to the new Google Store, and Google killed more stuff this week. We recap Google Cloud Next 2024 and what's coming.

#458: Happy Birthday, Gmail

April 5th, 2024 · 61 minutes

It's Gmail's 20th birthday, and we're celebrating by ruminating about its presence in our lives.

#457: I'll Smell Mine

March 28th, 2024 · 61 minutes

The Pixel 9 rumors are confusing, but not as confusing as why YouTube is letting AI jump around the timeline. Also, have you smelled your Galaxy S24 Ultra's S Pen lately?

#456: Topsy-Turvy

March 22nd, 2024 · 57 minutes

This week's biggest Google news was actually about Apple. Has Apple finally accepted that it needs Google's help in the AI department? Will the companies hold each other in solidarity as they face the DoJ?

#455: A Good Final Draft

March 15th, 2024 · 78 minutes

Andy is solo this week and attempting to wrangle his Google Photos library. Plus, rumors of square smartwatches and other shakeups.

#454: Squeaky Hamster Wheel

March 8th, 2024 · 70 minutes

Google hopes to reduce spam with its new search algorithms. Meta shatters our dreams for AndroidXR on its hardware. And the Windows Subsystem for Android est mort.

#453: Way Too Big

February 29th, 2024 · 46 minutes

We've got on the big OnePlus Watch 2, wondering why Google didn't check Gemini's answers before they went live.

#452: Literally Literally

February 22nd, 2024 · 68 minutes

It's time for Cowboy Andy and Sheriff Flo's AI roundup rodeo! COME ON DOWN. Also, the first developer preview of Android 15 is out, and it's not 100% boring.

#451: Google's New Gemini

February 16th, 2024 · 73 minutes

What's it like living with three different ways to call on Google? Where has Android's photo picker been all this time? And why is Android 15 codenamed Vanilla Ice Cream?

#450: Cache in the Trash

February 9th, 2024 · 74 minutes

The good news is that Google debuted easier-to-use generative AI tools. The bad news is that employee morale is low and Google will stop backing up the web.