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.

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#132: Machinesplained

January 4th, 2018 · 68 minutes

We're back in a brand new year with a brand new show! Did Andy and Russell survive their moves? What did Flo get for xmas that will blow all our collective minds? We talk about some new things like smart speaker sales and Google's new AI voice. Also some old things like Google still not paying people fairly.

#131: Say Goodbye to 2017

December 28th, 2017 · 48 minutes

It's the last episode of the year! Listen in as Andy, Flo, & Russell wax poetic about the meaning of the holidays. Then, they try to Google "Why 2017." The results are polarizing.

Andy also graces us with a little sing-a-long at the end! Happy new year!

#130: Slippery-footed Podcast Hosts

December 21st, 2017 · 61 minutes

In the penultimate show of the year, the gang waxes poetic about holiday Google Doodles and why Russia and Germany were omitted from the festive fun. Andy, Flo, and Russell also pay homage to one of their favorite free Google services: Google Maps.

#129: Be Good To Your Assistants

December 14th, 2017 · 72 minutes

Android 8.1 drops stickers all over the Material crew and they positively go giddy over them. Andy plays with Star Wars action figures while waiting for pancakes. Russell befriends a Storm Trooper. Flo plays some pranks. We also discuss Android 8.1, Google's Annual Year in Search Lists, Appsperiments (ERMAGHERD THAT NAME) and the Google home MAAAA…

#128: Episode 10000000

December 7th, 2017 · 70 minutes

Russell and Flo meet at an undisclosed location with undisclosed parties. Wait who are we kidding they disclose ALL under the dual screen lights of the Axon M. Andy explores the curious world of penguins in the workplace. Also Android 8.1 ships, Amazon and Google start a playground war and Google does it again with their crazy, wonderful Doodles.

#127: Let's Get Serious

December 1st, 2017 · 64 minutes

With Russell out on another vision quest, Andy and Flo get down to business. They explore how much personal data is too much to hand over to Google. They also touch upon Andy Rubin's leave from Essential, experimental AI that can detect snoops, and whether we'll ever recover after the Great Cheeseburger Emoji debacle of 2017.

#126: Spiders Spiders Everywhere. Spiders Spiders In Your Hair

November 23rd, 2017 · 74 minutes

Flo finally gets Jelly. Andy is all about dem, dem sales, no retail. Russell is seriously confused about which holiday Americans celebrate more. Also Google has been watching you like a hawk, which people took as well as you'd expect. All this and more in a week where Americans are apparently saying thanks for stuff and eating large, rather tastel…

#125: How are your Pixels, Bud?

November 17th, 2017 · 56 minutes

Andy is away on a secret assignment. Flo visits a playground. Russell updates the Essentials. We also talk more about Chromebooks, Google cracking down on assistive features and everyone's favourite headphones the Pixel Buds. I feel like there's an Air Bud joke in here somewhere but I just haven't been able to find it. Apologies dear listenerd, ap…

#124: Puppy Cuddle Puddle

November 9th, 2017 · 85 minutes

With all the grim news permeating the airwaves these days, your three intrepid hosts start out this week's episode looking for glee in Google Photos (Search for "happy" to see what we mean).

We're also talking about Google and Facebook's near-monopoly in online advertising, as well as some fun [Google Experiments](http://experiments.withgoogle…

#123: Easy As ABC

November 3rd, 2017 · 74 minutes

Russell finally gets ALL THE PIXELS. Andy is building his own 3D World. Flo has flashbacks to old school phones. We also talk about Google's involvement in government, fun 3D models and whether or not there's a bit of Slav in all of us.