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

#379: The TikTok-ification of Search

September 30th, 2022 · 80 minutes

Flo is still under the weather, making it the perfect time to test out the new Chromecast with Google TV HD. Andy's got the iPhone 14 Pro. We'll run down the major parts of Google's Search On event this week. And we'll explain why we're not surprised that Google shuttered Stadia.

#378: It’s a Hap-Hap-Happy Day

September 23rd, 2022 · 76 minutes

Andy is tired of diehards, and Flo is taking a break from the Apple Watch. We get into what's coming from Google, including the newly announced Chromecast with Google TTV (HD). Plus, Framework is making a modular Chromebook, Google Arts & Culture dropped a cool game, and we're loling over LOLNeRF.

#377: Macroeconomics

September 16th, 2022 · 68 minutes

Flo is back! And Andy brought a cake! It's the best way to start a podcast between two friends who have missed one another. Flo and Andy discuss the new iPhone 14 Pro and why it's compelling. They also strategize what Google needs to do to make the Pixel 7 a hit.

Then, a bit of an update on all the goings-on internally at Google. Last week, Su…

#376: Hootenanny and a Half

September 9th, 2022 · 46 minutes

Flo will be back next week, so enjoy this week's last Andy solo show for a while. It was Apple event week, so there was lots of Apple vs. Google talk. Andy walks through some of the iPhone 14/14 Pro and Apple Watch's new features and where Android could do better. And then, a call out to Tim Cook, who would rather have you buy your mom an iPhone t…

#375: A Forgotten Psychological Disorder

September 6th, 2022 · 61 minutes

It's another Andy solo show this week because Flo got the stupid virus. Always in solidarity, Andy spends the first part of this week's podcast reminding you why you should wear that mask. Then, Andy gets into the Google news of the week, including new widgets and rumors sprouting up on what Android 14 could feature. And on the search engine side,…

#374: Tough Stuff

August 26th, 2022 · 73 minutes

Sometimes, things are tough, which is what this week's episode is about: tough stuff. Flo tells the story of why it was challenging to write her Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 review, and Andy lifts our spirits with his proposed plans for Halloween. Then, we walk you through this week's biggest non technical headlines.

**Content warning for talk of…

#373: This Is Not a Sitcom

August 19th, 2022 · 65 minutes

Andy is solo again because Flo's throat is out of commission. But that means it's an Andy story hour! Andy starts by explaining why Apple's Twiggy drives are one of the company's biggest engineering failures--and one of the most expensive collector's items.

Then, Andy gets into the rant that he and Flo were planning to tag-team. Google Play's …

#372: Get The Message

August 12th, 2022 · 82 minutes

Andy and Flo are happy to be reunited. They tell tales of their favorite New York City times and discuss the hard choice of going out during still-COVID times. Then, the two gawk and squee over everything Samsung announced this week, from its foldables to its buds. And they offer their expert opinion on why Google's #getthemessage campaign is too …

#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…