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

#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.

#319: Fees, Fines, Fo, Fum

August 6th, 2021 · 62 minutes

Flo's finally figured out her computer situation (it's not a Chromebook), and Andy runs out of money to burn. The Pixel 6 got announced this week, but we still only know so little. We run through the numbers of Alphabet's earnings call and where all their money goes, then talk about the new Nest security devices coming through. We also wax poetic …

#318: Little Big Moves

July 30th, 2021 · 70 minutes

Poor Mona found herself sucked into the YouTube algorithm before the family vacation, and Andy takes a daycation of his own. We go through Google's "About This Result" feature, plus another feature that instantly deletes the last 15 minutes of your search history. Then, another entry into the Google Graveyard, but not before many emojis get a make…

#317: Accept the Challenge

July 23rd, 2021 · 62 minutes

Flo's SIM woes continue unabated, and Andy realizes the stronghold that Chrome has on his life. We talk about the latest Google executive to leave after publishing an offensive manifesto and then liven it up with the good news about a Big Ass Chromebook. Andy will fanboy a bit over the latest Android-powered Micro Four Thirds camera, Flo will rejo…

#316: Go With God

July 16th, 2021 · 82 minutes

Andy and Flo continue their epic saga from this week's All About Android. Then, Flo airs her frustrations with life and how a SIM card made her cry. Andy joins in with frustrations of his own, and then we dive into Google's trouble with France. We also mull through the Google Games Developer Summit's announcements and the rumors and leaks surround…

#315: A Hamster Wheel

July 9th, 2021 · 68 minutes

Flo relays her experience with a fork, and Andy rummages through his phones, only to discover several ticking time bombs. We're reporting on too much bad news this week, from Google's latest diversity report, to why three dozen district attorneys are suing the company. We'll end on a silly note, wherein Flo and Andy fantasize about what they would…