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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#171: The Gospel of Chrome

October 4th, 2018 · 73 minutes

This week, there's stuff to talk about, but it's mostly Andy and Flo music over how much the Chrome OS platform has matured in the last year. After a quick update, and a bit of existential exploration on life outside the Google bubble, the two talk about what's in store for the October 9 event and whether Project Stream will make first-person shoo…

#170: Look Out For Your Data

September 27th, 2018 · 70 minutes

We take a walk down memory lane as we recall the very first retail Android device, the T-Mobile G1. We also discuss a search event that Google held earlier in the week, though we're not feelin' the new search engine improvements.

Then, we'll explain why Google and its competitors are rallying around for more lenient privacy laws, and what it m…

#169: Italian Chef Kiss

September 21st, 2018 · 78 minutes

This week, on your favorite podcast alternatively titled Friends Using Google Products and Then Talking About It, Andy and Flo talk about why Chrome OS is worth the money now more than ever. The duo also talk about the superiority of the Pixel 2's camera over the iPhone XS (Insert Nelson ha-ha! sound effect here), and why we should all be payi…

#168: Bulbousness

September 13th, 2018 · 74 minutes

Flo and Andy officially bid adieu to their favorite Aussie, but not before regaling you with all the reasons you'd want a Relay FM membership. The two also discuss this week's Apple announcements and what that means for Google users and fans, as well as the perils of misinformation.

#167: Material After Dark

September 7th, 2018 · 74 minutes

Warning: This episode has seriously too many mentions of Celine Dion's hit song (a hit for too long, if you asked some of us), "My Heart Will Go On." At least Andy and Flo can both agree that Celine is unrivaled in talent. The two also agree that Google Fit still has some kinks to work out before it's the end-all, be-all health-and-wellness app fo…

#166: Your Personal Data Belongs to You

August 31st, 2018 · 77 minutes

Flo starts us off this week with her existential woes, as Andy does his best to keep her calm with similar tales of digital archiving. The duo also talks about what they miss from the new Google Fit before diving into the main topic of this week's podcast: Google's new (old) habit of tracking your location history, even after you've told it not to.

#165: It’s Not Just a Kerfuffle

August 23rd, 2018 · 71 minutes

This week, Flo and Andy are breaking down what's causing all the commotion among Google employees. We'll also catch up on some general news, like the revamped Google Fit app, the faux Pixel 3 XL, and Google Shortwave.

#164: A Slice of Android Pie

August 16th, 2018 · 61 minutes

It is most certainly a slice of pie this week as Andy and Flo recap their time with Android 9. Flo also shouts out the Pixelbook for being a reliable workhouse, and the two continue to loudly ponder whether Google has a fighting chance in the wearables market.

#163: Let’s Be Glass Half-full People

August 10th, 2018 · 73 minutes

This week, Android P is officially Android Pie, but not until Flo and Andy discuss the weather—as they have in every single episode since summer began. Man, it's a hot one! The duo also discusses the Galaxy Note 9, and whether it's a really impressive feat in the midst of Google's AI-first trajectory.

#162: This is Bad, This is Really Bad

August 2nd, 2018 · 64 minutes

Andy and Flo have plenty to say this week about the Google Assistant and how it works on the Lenovo Smart Display, Google's plan to bring its search engine to China, and the new standards on how many notches can exist on a single Android device. The world is indeed changing, but we're here to help you navigate it all.