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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#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…

#202: What's Next From Google?

May 9th, 2019 · 67 minutes

This week's podcast goes off the rails a bit—and that was even before a bird relieved itself all over Flo's Chromebook. Andy and Flo talk all the essential Google I/O announcements, from the main themes of the keynote to the new hardware launched this week. And don't worry, Flo's audio gets better after the break.

#201: May Day

May 2nd, 2019 · 81 minutes

This week, Andy and Flo talk about Google's new Wear OS widgets and Flo's latest purchases. In the spirit of May Day, we also discuss the growing discontent of some Google workers, including the organizers of #GoogleWalkout. Then after the second break, we get hyped for Google I/O.

#200: 200th Episode Spectacular

April 26th, 2019 · 68 minutes

There's no hiding it. We've been doing this podcast for 200 episodes, and we're celebrating! This week, we have old friends (and former co-hosts) joining us for the celebration. Yasmine Evjen and Russell Ivanovic are back to update us on their fabulous lives and talk a little shop.

#199: So Many New Toys

April 18th, 2019 · 83 minutes

Whether it's Flo showing Andy her new gadgets, or Samsung launching its folding phone, we're talking about it. This week, we'll run through the Google-adjacent foldable phone fad to catch a glimpse at what's coming down the Android pipeline. Then, we'll marvel at the utility of Google Maps, talk about Google's new kiss cam, and end off with a litt…

#198: Google is a Hardware Company

April 11th, 2019 · 71 minutes

This week. Flo and Andy muse about all the ways that Google has transformed itself into a major hardware player. We talk about the midrange Pixel 3 rumblings, what analysts are saying about who is buying Pixel phones, and Google's next batch of Chrome OS devices.

#197: No Wingnuts

April 5th, 2019 · 77 minutes

Flo details the death of her Pixel 3, while Andy takes us down memory lane with an excerpt from his Google+ archives. After the first break, we'll talk about the latest Bloomberg piece detailing how YouTube discouraged its employees from reporting toxic videos. On the flip side, the company has committed to giving its contractor workers better pay…

#196: Quote Unquote

March 28th, 2019 · 84 minutes

Flo's out of town this week, but there's still plenty happening at and around Google. We'll discuss the new EU directive, which will change the way we use the internet and probably embolden copyright trolls. We'll also take a look at Google's Lookout app and how it works, and we'll wag our fingers at Google for downgrading Pinterest pages in its s…