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

#357: Pixel Watch Walks Into A Bar

April 30th, 2022 · 81 minutes

This week, we're talking all about the leaked Pixel Watch: what to expect, what we think from the photos that have surfaced, and whether we believe it will make a significant change to Android's wearables market share. (Hint: we don't.) Then, we'll chat about the Android 13 beta and what's new so far and look at what's interesting on the recently …

#356: America’s Funniest Drone Videos

April 21st, 2022 · 71 minutes

This week, we're recording our reactions to the first Google Wing delivery drone videos sprouting up all over TikTok. Then, we'll tell you all about how Google and Samsung are making it easier to fix your own smartphone. Google Wallet has also somehow found itself resurrected. And if you're a Google One subscriber, you might have a free Titan 2FA …

#355: The Future, Soon

April 16th, 2022 · 81 minutes

This week, Andy offers a solo lecture outside in the quad to explain last week's Thomas Lewis and John McHenry duel (spoiler alert: it was dudes being dudes). Then, everything is broken, at least when it comes to Android and Chrome's security issues. Andy also touches on Google's future idea of ambient computing in your home, plus some news on Goo…

#354: A Really Big Duel

April 8th, 2022 · 69 minutes

It's a light week, and it's kind of nice. Andy and Flo catch up on personal matters before diving into why the next generation of the Nest Hub will look radically different from previous ones. Then, Alphabet's Wing is making its debut in Dallas, and we've got our own ideas of how that's going to play out. We'll also get into you might see fewer ap…

#353: Keepin' It Weird

April 1st, 2022 · 74 minutes

Flo's been playing with all the new Android phones lately, and Andy's got an update on the dance studio across the street. We're celebrating the 100th release of the Chrome browser since Google didn't think to celebrate its milestone. Then, Google is working on fixing Apple's AirTag mess. We'll also check in with Google's latest AI learning models…

#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…