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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#212: Onward!

July 19th, 2019 · 75 minutes

This week, we're light on the catch-up and heavy on the information dump. Andy and Flo discuss the impact of Google Walkout organizer, Meredith Whittaker's, departure from the company. We'll also explain what recently transpired between Google and the U.S. Congress, and how the company is attempting to fight "stalkerware" apps.

#211: Fresh Fruit Out of Season

July 11th, 2019 · 75 minutes

It's summer sale time! This week, Andy and Flo run you through some of the better deals in the Google Store, including a massive discount on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. After the first break, we'll dive into the 1,000 Android apps taking your data despite permission blocks. Then, we'll discuss the Twitter thread by Google Photos product lead David Lieb …

#210: Independence Day

July 4th, 2019 · 58 minutes

It's a holiday in the US, but we still managed to find something to discuss. Andy and Flo start with some excellent deals (nothing screams "independence!" like flash sales). After the break, we'll talk about Google's version of Apple's AirDrop (oh please, oh please!) and the new developer site for those interested in playing with Fuschia. We'll al…

#209: Drop Dead Weight

June 27th, 2019 · 75 minutes

After a minor bit of catchup, Andy and Flo dive into why Google told employees that protesting YouTube alongside the company's official San Francisco Pride float is a big no-no. We'll also discuss why Google is saying au revoir to making tablets, and why we agree with Bill Gates.

#208: That Was Genius

June 20th, 2019 · 64 minutes

Flo is working on adopting a new hobby this summer, and Andy tells us how he missed out on that Android-based netbook. After the break, we discuss why Google's $1 billion investment in housing for the Bay Area isn't entirely altruism, and how the company got caught stealing lyrics from Genius. We also talk about how indexing video is the next esse…

#207: Bespoke Passwords Are Not Cute

June 13th, 2019 · 62 minutes

Andy is about to make a terrible purchasing decision, and he's proclaiming it all on this week's podcast. After the break, Andy and Flo discuss why Google is accused of "killing the news," and why usernames and passwords aren't all that effective at keeping you safe. Then, we'll dive into the latest Pixel 4 rumors (is it a rumor if Google confirms…

#206: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

June 7th, 2019 · 95 minutes

Flo relays her experience with the Lenovo Smart Clock, and Andy discovers the Pixel 1 is just a little bit waterproof. After the break, we discuss how YouTube is tackling hate. Then, Andy tells us why he's excited for Stadia.

#205: Unbridled Capitalism

May 31st, 2019 · 71 minutes

Andy and Flo get real this week, first about the agony of managing a personal music library on Android, then about the new Google Lens features that are rolling out. After the ad, we'll break down the reports of "sweatshop-like working conditions" for linguists working on the Google Assistant, and why Google allowing abortion clinics to advertise …

#204: Everything is Related

May 23rd, 2019 · 72 minutes

Flo and Andy start you off this week with lots of laptop talk and a case for why progressive web apps are the next big thing you haven't thought about in a while. After the break, the two dissect the unnerving political theater of the U.S. versus Huawei spectacle. And, what happens when Google and Facebook are told to quit it with the faux news.

#203: Apples and Oranges

May 17th, 2019 · 68 minutes

This week, Andy and Flo talk about the news that hit once Google I/O was all packed up and shipped out. After the break, we'll talk about the real reason there's Fuschia and how Google shattered our dreams of Chromebooks running Windows apps. We'll also talk about what's changing with your Nest account, and what to do if your first-generation Pixe…