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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#140: The Promises of Mobile World Congress

March 1st, 2018 · 78 minutes

Nevermind that Flo finally has her Google Clips—what's going on in Barcelona? Andy, Flo, and Russell break down the announcements at MWC 2018 and weigh in on whether the show is still about smartphones (or is it about assistants?) Russell then educates us on Google's cross-platform app framework called Flutter, and whether it has a future with d…

#139: The Superstation

February 22nd, 2018 · 79 minutes

Flo starts off this week with a diatribe on why YouTube TV and the Google Home Max are worth the money. Then, your three intrepid co-hosts delve into a discussion on whether the Galaxy S9 is still worth the hype in a post-Pixel world. There's also a little talk about what's new with permissions in Android P.

#138: Pichai's Pixel with Android P

February 15th, 2018 · 77 minutes

If you're feeling alone, just ask your Pixel 2 to always listen to you. Speaking of which, Andy, Flo, & Russell discuss the last Pixel's dismal sales numbers, though they collectively agree that's not Google's end game. The gang also talk about what's coming in Android P and whether Android Wear has a future. Oh, and don't forget to try Chrome'…

#137: Back To The Nest

February 9th, 2018 · 68 minutes

This little Andy gets free audio books. This little Flo gets none. This little Russell goes omfgwhycan'tyoushiptoaustraliagoogle all the way home. We also pretend to be smart and cover Google's Hi-Larious Earnings Report joke. Nest comes back to the nest, smart speakers and Universal Stylusesii.

#136: Strength in Numbers

February 1st, 2018 · 78 minutes

Your first, second, and not-least hosts start off this week by discussing the ever-lasting usefulness of the NVIDIA Shield. The trio also discusses Apple's stiff reins on iMessages (we just want to talk to our friends!), and whether the Google Clips camera might be a hit.

And this is all just in the first half-hour of the show! Tune in to hear …

#135: Android Pichai

January 25th, 2018 · 70 minutes

In this week's episode, Andy, Flo, and Russell get into the spirit of Google I/O, despite it being four months away. The trio also reflects on the changing norms of content consumption, all the while wondering where Google and its products fit into the picture.

#134: A Study in the Post-CES Conciousness

January 18th, 2018 · 67 minutes

What is Flo like after eight straight days at the biggest consumer electronics trade show? Find out in this week's episode. Andy also regales us with tales of Google's greatest helper apps, while Russell gets a bit off his chest about some of the ways the Google Home and Google WiFi have been naughty the past few weeks.

All this and more Google…

#133: Community Bikes

January 11th, 2018 · 67 minutes

Flo braves the exciting and daunting world of CES, so in her absence Andy tries to play music while Russell ponders his next phone choice. We also talk about Google taking over CES and the curious case of the community bike. All this and more in this weeks action packed Material Podcast!

#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!