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

#151: Material 151

May 17th, 2018 · 66 minutes

The common thread this week is Google Duplex, and we're not just talking about what it can do. We're musing about its effectiveness and how it will exist alongside the ordinary world (whatever that means in this day and age). Andy and Flo also discuss the newly dubbed Google One service and how it will affect their freelance lives (it won't, and t…

#150: Material and chill

May 11th, 2018 · 62 minutes

This week is a crazy week, which is why you're seeing us a day later than usual! Russell joins Andy and Flo once more before heading to space to recap the Google I/O 2018 keynote. The three comrades discuss everything from Google Duplex's human-like intonations to their shared disappointment over still not being able to remove fences from photos t…

#149: A New Adventure

May 3rd, 2018 · 73 minutes

This week, Russell has a very important announcement—you won't want to miss this! (Seriously. And you can send him your congratulations here.) The trio then delves into a very riveting discussion about what life will be like for Google users after Google I/O.

#148: I/O PSA: Slip Slop Slap

April 26th, 2018 · 62 minutes

Andy is on assignment in an undisclosed location. Flo needs help, but Russell is very tired (and also, TBH, kinda dumb). Google launches 25 new apps that all do the same thing. Also lots of amazing smart home tips from the one and only, Smart Home Master Ion.

#147: Hello, Is It The PoPo You're Looking For?

April 19th, 2018 · 72 minutes

Flo sets off alarm bells. Andy can't get no satisfaction from Google Play Music. Russell unearths more youths from our listener hordes. Also Chrome muting autoplay videos, Pixelbook getting dual boot, Google maps gets street smarts and NIGHTWATCH. The coolest damn code name of the coolest damn team in the world.

#146: Double Sundar All The Way Across The Sky

April 13th, 2018 · 81 minutes

Flo's back and she wants to know what the kids like these days. Russell never left but he still has no idea about the youths. Andy's always been hip to the beat so he has no issues staying woke. The team answers listeners email, talks Google I/O, gets up in your 1000 thread count Google Sheet Macros and covers a few rumours to boot.

All this an…

#145: There's no AI in Team

April 6th, 2018 · 70 minutes

It's a more sombre episode this week as we talk about the tragic news from YouTube. It gets a little less sombre when we cover Google's AI chief leaving for Apple and then we just get straight up crazy and talk about the Nexus DESIRE. You know you want it.

#144: Pretty, pretty, pretty punchy

March 29th, 2018 · 67 minutes

Back from the Apple event, Andy has plenty to say about the company's education initiatives and how they stack up to Google's Chromebooks. Flo and Russell also join the conversation by dialing up the millennial nostalgia references.

Later on the in show, the trio discusses Google's latest cultural dilemmas, as well as which smartwatches they'd…

#143: Parrot Identification Algorithms

March 22nd, 2018 · 70 minutes

Andy succumbs to the neighbour headache inducing awesomeness that is the Google Home Maaaaaaax. Russell admits to spending way too long on RPG characters. Flo changes all the Assistants to be men so she can control their tiny minds. Will the stink of Facebook's trouble spread to Google? Will police start harvesting all your Google location data? D…

#142: Always Press More Settings

March 15th, 2018 · 55 minutes

While Andy is on assignment Flo and Russell take the time to catch up and take over the entire show. Flo explains to Russell what all this fan dangled Routines stuff actually means that Google has launched. Russell sees things in the Wear OS logo. We also read our first, and hopefully last, joke email from a listener.