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

#367: Only Tangentially

July 10th, 2022 · 59 minutes

Andy's enthusiasm for Sir Paul McCartney's live stream is infectious. Your hosts check up on their Nexus Q auctions before getting into the week's biggest tangential news: there might be ads coming to your Lock Screen. We'll also discuss Google's new policies to protect your health-related search queries and tell you a tale of YouTube's latest fol…

#366: 'Tis The Times

July 1st, 2022 · 69 minutes

The new localized Waymo commercials in San Francisco are palatably saccharine, and Flo feels a certain way. This week's podcast will dive into the latest case where law enforcement is forcing Google to hand over incriminating data and what that means for the U.S. now that Roe v. Wade is overturned. We'll also cover why Google created a new subsi…

#365: The Death of Google Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

June 23rd, 2022 · 79 minutes

No, Google is not dead, but a pundit on the internet thinks it is! Andy and Flo use this prompt to kick off this week's conversation. The consensus seems to be that it's not dead yet. The web has just changed.

Afterward, we'll talk about why lawmakers urge Google to fix abortion searches that suggest fake clinics instead of verified ones. We'l…

#364: How to Minister to Artificial Intelligence

June 17th, 2022 · 76 minutes

Andy and Flo wonder why the new Chromecast ambient mode is cluttered with widgets before they get into a recent whistleblower's claims that Google's LaMDA is a sentient being. (It's not.) We'll explain the what, why, and no-how of last weekend's most trending Google story. Then, it looks like iPhones are getting some Googley abilities. We'll cheek…

#363: No More Spoilers

June 10th, 2022 · 69 minutes

Andy fixed his Pixelbook display problem, and Flo can't stop watching Columbo. This week, your hosts talk about why Google canceled a presentation on caste bias and why folks are asking the company to take action against radicalism festering inside its work walls. Then, we'll lighten things up with the latest Android 13 Beta 3 and our favorite p…

#362: Farewell To Thee, Google Duo

June 3rd, 2022 · 69 minutes

Andy and Flo get a little bit into the Star War after Andy explains why he started the podcast a little flustered with the Google Pixelbook. This week, we're talking about why Google is deprecating Duo and rolling it up into Meet and what that means for the rest of us who just figured out how to use these things. Then, did you know there was ano…

#361: No Rage Buying

May 27th, 2022 · 77 minutes

We're all doing the best that we can. Andy is wondering if it's worth going to the movies in person this weekend to see Bob's Burgers, and Flo is over the Google Assistant on her Samsung smartwatch. We'll bring you to speed on other wearables news, including updates on the unreleased Pixel Watch. Then, we celebrate Street View's 15th birthday by…

#360: Blame It On The Watch

May 20th, 2022 · 77 minutes

We're blaming our delay this week on smartwatches. Andy walks us through how he tried to get the Kardashians out of his algorithm before we get into the leftovers of Google I/O. We'll also talk about this week's rumors about the Pixel Watch's custom silicon and why Andy is compelled to buy the Pixel Buds Pro.

#359: What Isn't Google Releasing This Year?

May 13th, 2022 · 82 minutes

Well, what else is there to talk about this week? It's Google's annual developer conference, and we're running through all the significant bits of news. Andy and Flo have plenty to say about everything, from the Pixel 6a to the Pixel tablet. Plus, what's new in your Google software.

#358: Do No Direct Harm

May 5th, 2022 · 75 minutes

Flo is slumping at her desk and would like to stop. Andy wants to understand why the middle brother from The Brady Bunch has a furniture line. We'll talk a bit about what's ahead at Google I/O 2022 before we get into why the company fired another AI researcher. Then, a PSA on setting up Google's counter-doxxing features and what happens when the…