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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#167: Material After Dark

September 7th, 2018 · 74 minutes

Warning: This episode has seriously too many mentions of Celine Dion's hit song (a hit for too long, if you asked some of us), "My Heart Will Go On." At least Andy and Flo can both agree that Celine is unrivaled in talent. The two also agree that Google Fit still has some kinks to work out before it's the end-all, be-all health-and-wellness app fo…

#166: Your Personal Data Belongs to You

August 31st, 2018 · 77 minutes

Flo starts us off this week with her existential woes, as Andy does his best to keep her calm with similar tales of digital archiving. The duo also talks about what they miss from the new Google Fit before diving into the main topic of this week's podcast: Google's new (old) habit of tracking your location history, even after you've told it not to.

#165: It’s Not Just a Kerfuffle

August 23rd, 2018 · 71 minutes

This week, Flo and Andy are breaking down what's causing all the commotion among Google employees. We'll also catch up on some general news, like the revamped Google Fit app, the faux Pixel 3 XL, and Google Shortwave.

#164: A Slice of Android Pie

August 16th, 2018 · 61 minutes

It is most certainly a slice of pie this week as Andy and Flo recap their time with Android 9. Flo also shouts out the Pixelbook for being a reliable workhouse, and the two continue to loudly ponder whether Google has a fighting chance in the wearables market.

#163: Let’s Be Glass Half-full People

August 10th, 2018 · 73 minutes

This week, Android P is officially Android Pie, but not until Flo and Andy discuss the weather—as they have in every single episode since summer began. Man, it's a hot one! The duo also discusses the Galaxy Note 9, and whether it's a really impressive feat in the midst of Google's AI-first trajectory.

#162: This is Bad, This is Really Bad

August 2nd, 2018 · 64 minutes

Andy and Flo have plenty to say this week about the Google Assistant and how it works on the Lenovo Smart Display, Google's plan to bring its search engine to China, and the new standards on how many notches can exist on a single Android device. The world is indeed changing, but we're here to help you navigate it all.

#161: Dont Forget to Say "Thank You" to your Assistant

July 27th, 2018 · 76 minutes

We're posting the podcast a little later this week because Flo was too busy enjoying her new Lenovo Smart Display. Andy and Flo start off this week with a discussion on what's next for the Google Assistant and what's great about having it on a screen. Also, Andy needs some help using his Philips Hue bulbs, Flo is jealous of David Pogue, and the tw…

#160: Other Bets

July 19th, 2018 · 69 minutes

Andy and Flo start off this week's podcast festivities by sharing ideas about how they can both better serve their respective communities. The duo also discusses WearOS's long-term viability, Google's $5 Billion anti-trust fine from the EU, and a few new things that the Google Assistant can do.

#159: Dark Thoughts of Revenge

July 12th, 2018 · 74 minutes

We're not feeling vengeful right now, but we are feeling rambly. Flo has some gripes to get out of at the beginning of the episode, while Andy shows off a trick he figured out for exporting his Google Play Music playlists. The two also discuss the exciting concept behind the TicWatch Pro, regulating tech companies that track users, and Vanity Fair…

#158: Jail with a Capital G

July 6th, 2018 · 67 minutes

We are posting a day late this week, but it's just in time to catch you headed into the weekend! Let Andy and Flo start you off with a rousing discussion of silly, Internet-connected things. The duo also discusses the Google Home outage that took place before the holiday (and subsequent apology), Google's picks for Android Excellence Apps (includi…