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

#442: Epic Wins

December 14th, 2023 · 83 minutes

Epic wins--and that’s not a pun on the name. Beeper Mini, again. Then, is Google finally giving us control over our privacy? Maybe?

#441: There is No Hype Like AI Hype

December 8th, 2023 · 72 minutes

Beeper Mini's turned green bubbles into blue ones this week, and Gemini entranced us all.

#440: Bring the Receipts

December 1st, 2023 · 58 minutes

It's time for Google to pay Canada's "link tax," even if it sets an unfortunate precedent for the rest of us. Android 14 can detect when you're taking a screenshot, and the bumps on the Pixel 8 Pro are nothing to worry about. Nothing to see here!

#439: We Welcome Apple's Participation

November 22nd, 2023 · 51 minutes

Carl Pei played Android users for fools, and Apple stepped in like a hero after it confirmed it would adopt RCS. Evidence shows that Google and Apple once wanted to become "deep deep" partners.

#438: Some of that Google Money

November 17th, 2023 · 74 minutes

Flo goes on a covert operation to the Google Visitor Experience. Then, the company gets scorned in court not once but twice this week.

#437: The Android Apple Watch That Could Have Been

November 10th, 2023 · 73 minutes

We're feeling goofy this week discussing reports of an Android-friendly Apple Watch that was almost made and Google's desperation over making iMessage open source. The Pixel 8 won't let you make a fake I.D., and why is Boston getting a Google store?

#436: The Book of Revelations

November 3rd, 2023 · 60 minutes

Google's back in court, which means there's so much that was revealed. Sundar Pichai testified on Monday for three hours, followed by Prab, Google's senior vice president.

#435: Bottom Line: It’s Bad

October 27th, 2023 · 71 minutes

We cover Alphabet's quarterly earnings and why they hurt the stock, why the New York Times says that Google is worried about Apple, and some new features in Google Maps.

#434: Andy's Aria

October 20th, 2023 · 70 minutes

Andy shines in a solo episode this week, discussing the Android team's recent Reddit AMA and why Google was able to bring back Home Groups the way they used to be.

#433: A New Standard

October 13th, 2023 · 78 minutes

Andy has battery woes, and Flo reviewed the Pixel 8 Pro. Is Google's promise of seven years of software updates too good to be true?