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

#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 …

#342: Podcastable Pain

January 14th, 2022 · 60 minutes

This week's Nvidia Shield update has Flo wondering if it's time to upgrade her Chromecast with Google TV. Andy has finally achieved "Watch Later" Playlist Zero, and it's just as cathartic as Inbox Zero. Then, you know things are getting interesting when Android's SVP is subtweeting Apple in a public forum. Why is the head of Android speaking candi…

#341: Counting On

January 8th, 2022 · 67 minutes

Google announces more compatibility with its Fast Pair technology and more integrations with Android Auto. Then, the ITC found Google guilting of violating patents filed by Sonos. What does that mean for your Nest devices at home?

We'll also discuss why a lawsuit claims Google paid off Apple to stay out of its business and why DuckDuckGo's CEO…

#340: A Googley Look Back

December 31st, 2021 · 72 minutes

It's that weird week before Christmas and New Year's, so Andy and Flo are taking some time for reflection. We'll look back at the ways Google won us over in 2021. The Pixel 6, its revamped security cameras, and its attempt at reviving Wear OS were all extremely valiant efforts. We'll also take stock of some of Google's follies throughout the year,…

#339: It's A Wonderful Phone

December 24th, 2021 · 58 minutes

We're taking it easy this week. Andy's honeymoon with the Pixel 6 Pro is nearing its end, and Flo finally got herself a Christmas tree. We'll talk about the PIxel 5a's defeat over the iPhone 13 Pro, why it's not what you think, and why TikTok is beating out Google for traffic. Then we'll get really into the holiday spirit with Google's Santa Villa…

#338: Keep Your Phone in Your Pocket

December 17th, 2021 · 76 minutes

Flo and Andy are making their best impressions of the Christmas spirit. They wonder if Google Glass is coming back and why everyone is racing to put Android apps on Windows PCs. They applaud Google for its strict vaccination policy for its employees and chat about how Apple's latest Android app helps keep AirTag users safe. Then, it's time to bid …

#337: Hawkeye The Pixel Guy

December 10th, 2021 · 78 minutes

Andy indulges in opera while Flo is out on assignment this week. Andy beautifully explains what he enjoyed about Eurydice and Tosca during his trip to the Met and how his Pixel helped him navigate around New York City.

Then, why are 200 newspapers suing Google for harming their advertising business? And have Roku and YouTube finally settle…

#336: Is “Don’t Be Evil” Legally Binding?

December 3rd, 2021 · 65 minutes

Andy and Flo start this week adlibbing and wondering when blatant fan service is too much. Then, Andy explains why the motto "Don't Be Evil" could be legally binding for a handful of former Googlers. We'll also discuss Google's foray into crime prediction algorithms, which is as dubious as it sounds. But we'll end on a sweeter note, debating the a…

#335: Quite Credible

November 25th, 2021 · 77 minutes

Andy and Flo are using Google Duo to chat this week, and it's working out quite nicely! We talk about our Thanksgiving plans and the guise behind Andy's pies. Then, we're finally bringing you the Pixel 6 discourse you've been waiting for, followed by a few ripe nuggets from the rumor mill.

#334: On The Back Foot

November 20th, 2021 · 69 minutes

Flo finally got the Pixel 6, and Andy manifests for the Chromecast with Google TV to be a little more like the Nvidia Shield. Then, we chat about some of the latest follies around the Pixel 6 and what users are bringing up in the forums, including the phone's lackluster fast-charging performance and under-display fingerprint scanning issues.