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

#433: A New Standard

October 13th, 2023 · 78 minutes

Andy has battery woes, and Flo reviewed the Pixel 8 Pro. Is Google's promise of seven years of software updates too good to be true?

#432: Everything Was Canned

October 5th, 2023 · 94 minutes

Google had an event for the new Pixel 8, and Flo was there! She joins us for a segment. And then, Andy solo summarizes this week's episode of MTV's The Real World: US DOJ vs. Google. (They finally kicked off Puck.)

#431: There Is No Alternative

September 29th, 2023 · 71 minutes

Apple spills the beans under oath about why Google is its default search engine. Google dumps another body in the graveyard. Bard AI is caught leaking queries into the ether. And Android 14 will let you use your phone camera as a webcam.

#430: All Too Well

September 22nd, 2023 · 75 minutes

Are you ready for Bard to read your emails? Should Google prioritize human-written words over AI-written ones? And why are Taylor Swift fans crashing Google's search engine?

#429: People Use Google Because It's Helpful

September 14th, 2023 · 76 minutes

Google is officially on trial the same week Apple reminds us why some people can't get enough of its walled garden. Wired interviews Sundar Pichai.

#428: Corporations Aren’t People

September 7th, 2023 · 63 minutes

Google looks back on 25 years of search, just as it announces it's requiring disclaimers on AI-generation political ads. Also, did Android need a capital A?

#427: I’m So Itchy

September 2nd, 2023 · 69 minutes

Google announces the next phase of AI infusion in Workspace. The company also leaked the new Pixel 8 before announcing a launch event in October. The modular Fairphone 5 is excellent but missing what makes everyone buy Apple and Samsung.

#426: Rhubarbs That Turn Into Donnybrooks

August 25th, 2023 · 54 minutes

We answer burning questions, like what Google wants with Johnny Cash's likeness and why it ceased development on an AR/VR device with Samsung. Sorry, parents, YouTube has been targeting ads to kids.

#425: Hump Day

August 17th, 2023 · 70 minutes

Robo taxis are a menace to society, or at least it seems that way in San Francisco. Flo shares her final thoughts on Samsung and Google's foldables. And Google introduces a batch of new AI tools to help summarize web pages on the fly.

#424: Attention K-Mart Shoppers

August 11th, 2023 · 70 minutes

Prepare to get more of Johnny Cash singing Europop hits, as Google is working with Universal on deep fake AI-based music. You can listen to it while making Android apps in your browser. The future!