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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#192: The Fold Report

February 28th, 2019 · 93 minutes

Andy starts us out this week drunk (not really, it's a joke), and Flo can't wait to tell you about her new Android TV box. After the first break, plenty of talk about the foldable phones shown off at Mobile World Congress and what they mean for Android smartphones going forward. We also chat about the non-foldable stuff showed off in Barcelona, an…

#191: Doing the Deed

February 21st, 2019 · 82 minutes

Samsung isn't exactly Google, but we're going deep into the Galaxy S10 launch details this week. We're talking about the phones, the accessories, and the impact all these things will have on Android's bottom line.

And so the entire podcast isn't about Samsung, we briefly touch upon YouTube's new three-strikes policy, after the second and why w…

#190: Happy Palentine's Day

February 14th, 2019 · 65 minutes

Flo's hosting this week, so there is lots of talk of reality television in the first half hour of this show (IT'S RELATED!). We're also hereby declaring the regressive holiday this podcast posts on as "Palentine's Day." It's a day to celebrate your friends and your podcast co-hosts.

After the break, we'll discuss whether companies like Google …

#189: Ban-anated

February 8th, 2019 · 81 minutes

How do you reconcile using a service that's so helpful and simultaneously so invasive? We don't know, but we pondered about it. After the break, we talk about how Google (and Facebook) recently ruffled Apple's tailfeathers and the utility behind Google's new Accessibility apps.

#188: It's Google's Internet, We're All Just Living In It

January 31st, 2019 · 86 minutes

The theme this week is Google's influence on the internet. From YouTube algorithms to server backends, you won't believe how much Google has embedded into your life—and how much you can't do without it. After the second break, Flo and Andy also discuss what Bloomberg's been reporting about Google's labor practices.

#187: Sensor Fatigue

January 24th, 2019 · 77 minutes

Before you dive in this week, we'd like to give you a content warning about sad things happening to kitties at the beginning of this episode. After that, Andy talks about his hacked-together Nest temperature sensor and Flo wonder if there's a Wear OS smartwatch out there fit for her wrist.

After the break, the two discuss Google tossing $45 mi…

#186: Nothing Gold Can Stay

January 17th, 2019 · 68 minutes

Andy is excited about the Wear OS watches floating around right now, while Flo wishes they'd be smaller and last a little longer. After the break, the two hosts discuss bad apps in the Play Store, say goodbye to the Chromecast Audio, and geek out over the relative coolness of a 3D-printed brain for your smart speaker.

#185: Who is CES for?

January 10th, 2019 · 77 minutes

CES 2019 is all anybody can talk about. But before Andy and Flo get into it, this week's show starts with a bit of catchup on Flo's first Google support experience. Then, Andy leaves us all with an essential anecdote about why you should probably turn off your phone.

After the first break, the two discuss everything from the new Google Assista…

#184: Robots Without Emotion

January 4th, 2019 · 73 minutes

Flo and Andy are back for the first episode of the new year with a look at how Google's Project Soli will change the way we use devices. The two also discuss what Fuschia holds in store for the future of Android. Then, after the second ad break, why people in Arizona are attacking Google's self-driving cars.

#183: A Year Without Android

December 28th, 2018 · 61 minutes

Time to play a game! Below are the instructions. Follow along to learn how to play, then tweet us or email us your choices and we'll feature them in our first episode of 2019.

You have to GIVE UP one of these Google things and not use it in 2019. Which do you cho…