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

#313: Six Degrees of Separation

June 25th, 2021 · 71 minutes

What did the New York Times reveal about Sundar Pichai this week? Where did Google's messaging strategy lose its way? And why did Massachusetts wait so long to implement COVID tracing? We'll answer all these questions. Plus, Flo shares her experience with the Android 12 Beta, and Andy explains how he ended up on a film set with Kevin Bacon.

#312: The Fix(es) Is In

June 17th, 2021 · 64 minutes

Andy fixes his Google Home Max stereo speaker setup, and Flo wonders if Fuschia will fix her casting problems. We work out the deal with Google's physical store in New York City, and we'll tell you how to report online slander. We'll also talk about Google's new MIAP dataset, and Andy and Flo try to determine how much they're worth as journalists …

#311: Amber Is the Color of Your Energy

June 10th, 2021 · 67 minutes

Android 12 Beta 2 is out, and Flo wants her Material Theming now! Andy continues to justify purchasing his new iPad by researching if anyone's figured out the "chain link fence" removal feature Google promised us many moons ago. We talk about Stadia's arrival on Chromecast devices this month and a new Apple feature that benefits us all. We also ta…

#310: Entry-level

June 4th, 2021 · 63 minutes

Happy Pride month! We're talking about what Google is doing to celebrate and what it can do to be a better ally to its LGBTQ+ employees. Andy loves his new iPad so much he can't stop talking about it. And Flo comes to terms with what it really means to "choose" Google. We also go through the latest reviews of the Pixel Buds A-series.

#309: The Dark Side of the Algorithm

May 28th, 2021 · 63 minutes

Google I/O may be over, but the hangover remains. Andy and Flo discuss some of the darker sides of last week's keynote announcements, particularly those related to artificial intelligence. But we also cover the exciting new Pixel 6 rumors. Plus, stayed tuned for a little Google Photos PSA, as unlimited uploads will end on June 1.

#308: So Much New Stuff

May 21st, 2021 · 78 minutes

It's Google I/O week, and though it was all virtual this year, oh-my-God is there still so much to talk about! We discuss all that Google revealed at the opening keynote and gush over the new and totally customizable Material You.

#307: The Deets

May 14th, 2021 · 59 minutes

Things have really slowed down to a snail's pace, so Flo is playing games with the Razer Kishi controller for Android. We pretend to be Hollywood gossip columnists relating the latest saga between YouTube TV and Roku and then speculate on what's happening at Google I/O next week. And fans of The Office are going to love Google Search's latest e…

#306: What’s Going Onn?

May 7th, 2021 · 60 minutes

Andy starts us off by getting into the YouTube of it all. The Google I/O schedule is up, and we're intrigued. We talk about Google's new Google TV-like home screen for Walmart's Onn tablets and why Roku and YouTube are still feuding. Then, how we're feeling about Google's multiyear partnership with the WNBA.

#305: A Very Profitable Business

April 30th, 2021 · 64 minutes

Flo switched to the Pixel 5, and Andy's Pixelbook revived in time to beg him not to buy the new iPad Pro. Google had a great quarter, and we're gonna tell you all about it. Plus, it turns out that COVID-19 contact tracing on Android wasn't so private after all. And why YouTube TV on Roku might be nearing its end of days.

#304: Engage Smug Mode

April 23rd, 2021 · 67 minutes

How can we not? We talk about Apple's announcements this week from an Android user's perspective. Plus, why Google FLoC isn't flying high, and the sad dystopia of Google Maps' emergency alerts.

Note that there's a serious content warning for this episode as we discuss gun violence toward the end.