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

#352: Everything Is Awful

March 24th, 2022 · 73 minutes

This week, we're keeping it real. Google finally settled with the four engineers it fired for organizing, but not before the Department of Justice found it withholding documents by claiming attorney-client privilege. We'll also regale you with an unfortunate tale of how Google-owned Looker's workers unknowingly trained their replacements. Then, so…

#351: Devoid Of The Google Doodle

March 18th, 2022 · 69 minutes

Good news, everyone. We're already on Android 13 Developer Preview 2, and Andy and Flo have the details on what's new. And since we recorded on St. Patrick's Day, we regale you with a bit of timely Google news related to the green-tinged holiday, like why there was no Google Doodle this week. Google also announced when it's hosting its developer's…

#350: Speed Trap

March 11th, 2022 · 66 minutes

What did Andy use his $10 Google Store credit on, and why does Flo have so many boxes of Girl Scout Cookies? This week, we're running through what Google's response has been to the Ukraine crisis and why Google's Chrome benchmarks on Apple's computers aren't long for this world. Then, we work through our FOMO as we realize Google passed out loaded…

#349: Celebrate Your Nerd

March 4th, 2022 · 81 minutes

It's a weird week. Flo's on strike from work, and Andy is not feeling the new Google Assistant voice. This week's pod is also a little intense as we discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine, but we do our best to explain what we think Google's role should be in times of crisis. Then, why Google is asking its workforce to come back into the office …

#348: Cursed Search

February 26th, 2022 · 68 minutes

Flo and Andy muse over how much TV they watch and why it makes no sense that shows and movies stream where they do. Then, Andy gives us an update on ChromeOS Flex. We'll go in-depth on all three of the new Samsung flagship phones and dunk on why conspiracy theorists use DuckDuckGo for their cursed searches. And does anyone know where we can get th…

#347: Flex It Out

February 18th, 2022 · 68 minutes

It's Andy's turn to bring his love of the Amazing Race to the podcast and why it's making him crave souvlaki. Then, your hosts explain why Google is attempting to overhaul how it advertises on Android. We'll also walk you through what the Android 13 Developer Preview is like and whether ChromeOS Flex is worth the trouble to revive that old lapto…

#346: The Note Is Dead; Long Live The Note

February 11th, 2022 · 69 minutes

Flo burned her tongue so bad, but that won't stop her from talking about her time with the Galaxy S22 Ultra. But before we get to Samsung's big week, Andy joins in Flo's griping about network TV. We also talk about the rest of the Galaxy S22 lineup and Samsung's new tablets and leave you with news of a neat Chrome feature.

#345: Remember Android Tablets?

February 5th, 2022 · 63 minutes

Andy is modding his smart lock, and Flo thinks that's kinda cool! This week, we're talking all about why Google should have taken advantage of the Joe Rogan/Spotify scandal by playing up YouTube Music's capabilities. Then, does Google want consumers to think of Android tablets as something positive all of a sudden? A few job postings on LinkedIn s…

#344: The Smart Way

January 28th, 2022 · 68 minutes

It's hard changing routines, and this week Flo is reckoning with how much she's enjoying making the switch to Fire TV after so many years with Google. We'll talk about Google's brave withdrawal of FLoC and why Topics is only slightly better, and we'll introduce you to Google's new executive VP in charge of technology and society. Then, we've got r…

#343: Thank You For Being A Friend

January 21st, 2022 · 57 minutes

This week, Andy and Flo brace themselves for the return of Google Glass, as rumored through this week's reveal of Project Iris. We talk about YouTube scaling back on original content and why it's struggling to cater to creators. We also touch upon some of the changes coming to Google Pay, and we remember Betty White as Google intended: with roses …