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#252: In Defense of the Bathrobe

April 23rd, 2020 · 85 minutes

Flo wonders why her Pixel 3 is feeling sluggish when she's not even leaving the house, and Andy pulls the trigger on a discounted Wear OS device. We cover a variety of Google news this week, including COVID-related app updates and the merits and privacy implications of the company's rumored debit card.

#251: Dogs and Cats Living Together

April 16th, 2020 · 83 minutes

Andy dusts off his Pixelbook, and Flo wonders how to sanitize hers. We're both elated that Apple and Google are working together for the greater good and curious about whether we'll get the Android-running smartwatch of our dreams once Google starts developing its chips. We also discuss Chromebooks and their reliance on Progressive Web Apps.

#250: Power Thoughts

April 10th, 2020 · 97 minutes

YAY! Flo and Andy are reunited, and it sounds so good. The two gather around this week's virtual campfire in celebration of their 250th episode of Material. We discuss what we've been binging on television and whether we think the next set of Pixel Buds will be worth the cash. We also chat about Google Stadia going free—except it's not because you…

#249: An Elephant On Your Desktop

April 7th, 2020 · 65 minutes

This week, it's another Andy solo special. We'll talk about Google attempting its part during the pandemic, without being too creepy about how they go about it. Then, Andy is A Weensy Bit Upset with Apple for acquiring the company behind his favorite weather app and tanking many Play Store weather apps in the process. Andy will also guide you thro…

#248: Smartphones in Quarantine

March 31st, 2020 · 53 minutes

We're doing a special segment of the Material podcast this week to help lift your spirits. Flo talks to Juan Carlos Bagnell (also known as SomeGadgetGuy around the web) about the LG V60 ThinQ. We discuss specifications, performance, and how this ginormous Android device fits into the broader smartphone landscape.

#247: The Ihnatko Isolation Special

March 28th, 2020 · 90 minutes

Andy is back for a special weekend episode! And he's getting COVID-19 news off his chest. Andy will discuss Google's new responsibilities to the public and its employees and whether Google's promise to limit the spread of disinformation will extend to the White House. He'll also dive into how Google is defusing racist speech at the keyboard level,…

#246: Stuck at Home

March 26th, 2020 · 49 minutes

We're stuck at home. You're stuck at home. There's nothing else to do right now, so tune in and listen up. Flo is flying solo again this week, but she's here with tips on how you can help contribute from the confines of your dwelling. Flo will guide you through using the Google Assistant to inform yourself about COVID-19 and how to use the Gmail b…

#245: Google in the Time of Coronavirus

March 23rd, 2020 · 47 minutes

Flo is back, albeit solo, because the Material podcast and its hosts are practicing social distancing. Flo muses about life as a new parent, then launches into a rant about how it isn't fun hanging out in Hangouts anymore. Then, we talk about Verily's Project Baseline, and why it's a bit unnerving that the US government is relying on private compa…

#244: Leap Day Andy

February 28th, 2020 · 108 minutes

Andy sysadmins his brain; parts of the Android 11 developer preview released last week aren’t previews at all, and how on Earth is Sweyn Forkbeard going to influence my life when 11 ships? Reviewers say the “S” in Galaxy S20 Ultra stands for “schadenfreude,” and just as moral watchdogs warned us, a Google Doodle leads to Poetry.

#243: And Baby Makes 11

February 27th, 2020 · 57 minutes

Andy does this one solo for reasons that have nothing to do with the fact that Flo's baby was due this week! The first developer preview of Android 11 drops! Google Play Store starts enforcing tougher limits on ad-blighted apps! The T-Rex game goes 3D and Andy thinks this mean the dino has taken the red pill! And! Andy lied earlier because Flo TOT…