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

#329: It Comes In Threes

October 16th, 2021 · 70 minutes

Next week will be a flurry of tech announcements, including the long-awaited and much-revealed Pixel 6 event. Will Google announce something else alongside the sixth-generation smartphone?

We'll also discuss why Google has decided to stop making its iOS apps look so much like Android. And then, why are so many Waymo self-driving cars in San Fr…

#328: It Happens

October 12th, 2021 · 67 minutes

Last week's episode of Material is Very Late. But we're here, and we've got a ton to say on yesterday's Google news. We'll recap everything we already know about the Pixel 6 through leaks. We'll also discuss why Android 12 isn't technically out yet, even though it is, and why it's not that big of a deal that Windows 11 will run Android apps. The…

#327: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

October 1st, 2021 · 59 minutes

Google took the week to show off the new visual abilities of its search engine using its Multitask Unified Model (or MUM). YouTube has finally staked a claim against anti-vaxxers, just as it's facing a possible ban in Russia. And, we bet you can't guess what the most searched term is on Bing.

#326: When Birds Attack

September 25th, 2021 · 67 minutes

A major week for Android announcements! Microsoft is making another bet on the platform with the Surface Duo 2. Google pushed through a wave of new features to Android phones everywhere, including some that were previously Pixel-only. And we'll tell you what happens when Google drones trespass on raven territory.

#325: Tablet Furioso

September 17th, 2021 · 62 minutes

Flo is not comfortable with the idea of Andy going back to the iPhone 13, so Andy tries to reassure her. We talk about Apple, anyway, because the event got us thinking about what we're missing from Android in the tablet realm. We also talk about Google resurrecting the Nexus brand to give the Pixel 6 its official hurrah. And then, a tip for folks …

#324: The Not-Too-Distant Future

September 10th, 2021 · 66 minutes

Andy likes his battery-powered Nest Doorbell, and Flo is still falling asleep with the Buds in her ears. Google ships the final Android 12 beta, though we're left waiting for the all-but-revealed Pixel 6. Reuters gives us some news from Google's AI ethics panel. And what does it really mean when Google says it will replenish more water than it use…

#323: Dessert-like

September 3rd, 2021 · 61 minutes

Flo falls asleep with her Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 in her ears and Andy prepares for The Great Network Rethink to accommodate his new battery-powered Nest Doorbell. We'll explain why the US Department of Justice remains hot on Google's tails and why Microsoft is cutting Chrome OS's access to its Android-based Office apps. And finally, how is a crow b…

#322: Move Out of the Waymo

August 26th, 2021 · 62 minutes

Waymo's self-driving fleet is coming to San Francisco, and Flo wants a ride. We attempt to figure out why Google dismantled its Health division and why Samsung smartphones are still burning up on airplanes.

#321: Epic Reveals

August 20th, 2021 · 66 minutes

It's all about spilling the tea this week on Google's anti-competitive practices. After some catchup, Andy and Flo work through this week's Pixel 5a reviews before tackling the myriad of reveals resulting from court documents made public in Epic Games' case against Google.

#320: Freaky Phone

August 13th, 2021 · 72 minutes

After a bit of catchup, we pummel you with a lumpy helping of Samsung news. It was a big week! Samsung announced new folding phones, new buds, and a new smartwatch that runs the first new version of Wear OS By Samsung and Google Too.