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.

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#217: Who's Zoomin' Who?

August 22nd, 2019 · 70 minutes

After a bit of catch up on and even more flexing of their shared pop culture knowledge, Andy and Flo get to the bottom of why they're not yet considered Gympie-Gympie Bush influencers in Google's podcasting search engineer. Then, the two laments over Apple users' demonization of the green bubble, before expanding on why Google has made so many cha…

#216: Ignorance is Bliss

August 15th, 2019 · 80 minutes

Andy and Flo share bits of their personal pop culture knowledge before diving into September's Wired cover story on "the misery inside Google." We'll also chat about Russia's annoyance with YouTube inciting protest, Android Q's final beta, and the Pixel 4 spotted in the wild by a teen tech blogger. We'll end this week's show with a bit on the "G…

#215: No Bixby At All

August 8th, 2019 · 86 minutes

Flo asked for permission before hijacking the beginning of the show for her beloved 90210, so let her have this. Andy and Flo discuss the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launch event and why the U.S. Congress penned a sternly-worded letter to Google's Sundar Pichai. We'll also look at why Google would consider an all-you-can-play app buffet, and we'll tr…

#214: Just Speculating

August 2nd, 2019 · 79 minutes

After some catch-up, Flo and Andy dive into the Google-leaked details of the Pixel 4. We'll discuss what the future holds for technology like Project Soli, which will come baked into the phone, and whether we'll be waving at our smart displays any time soon. We'll also touch upon the Chrome 76 loophole that made it difficult for you to get free co…

#213: In Honor of Baby Google

July 25th, 2019 · 80 minutes

Flo and Andy go down various rabbit holes this week and discover plenty of new crevices in which to burrow along the way. After the first break, we'll walk you through Google's week of lawsuit roulette. Then, we'll check out Google's new lightweight photo gallery app called Gallery Go. We'll also test whether either of our Assistants has received …

#212: Onward!

July 19th, 2019 · 75 minutes

This week, we're light on the catch-up and heavy on the information dump. Andy and Flo discuss the impact of Google Walkout organizer, Meredith Whittaker's, departure from the company. We'll also explain what recently transpired between Google and the U.S. Congress, and how the company is attempting to fight "stalkerware" apps.

#211: Fresh Fruit Out of Season

July 11th, 2019 · 75 minutes

It's summer sale time! This week, Andy and Flo run you through some of the better deals in the Google Store, including a massive discount on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. After the first break, we'll dive into the 1,000 Android apps taking your data despite permission blocks. Then, we'll discuss the Twitter thread by Google Photos product lead David Lieb …

#210: Independence Day

July 4th, 2019 · 58 minutes

It's a holiday in the US, but we still managed to find something to discuss. Andy and Flo start with some excellent deals (nothing screams "independence!" like flash sales). After the break, we'll talk about Google's version of Apple's AirDrop (oh please, oh please!) and the new developer site for those interested in playing with Fuschia. We'll al…

#209: Drop Dead Weight

June 27th, 2019 · 75 minutes

After a minor bit of catchup, Andy and Flo dive into why Google told employees that protesting YouTube alongside the company's official San Francisco Pride float is a big no-no. We'll also discuss why Google is saying au revoir to making tablets, and why we agree with Bill Gates.

#208: That Was Genius

June 20th, 2019 · 64 minutes

Flo is working on adopting a new hobby this summer, and Andy tells us how he missed out on that Android-based netbook. After the break, we discuss why Google's $1 billion investment in housing for the Bay Area isn't entirely altruism, and how the company got caught stealing lyrics from Genius. We also talk about how indexing video is the next esse…