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

#347: Flex It Out

February 18th, 2022 · 68 minutes

It's Andy's turn to bring his love of the Amazing Race to the podcast and why it's making him crave souvlaki. Then, your hosts explain why Google is attempting to overhaul how it advertises on Android. We'll also walk you through what the Android 13 Developer Preview is like and whether ChromeOS Flex is worth the trouble to revive that old lapto…

#346: The Note Is Dead; Long Live The Note

February 11th, 2022 · 69 minutes

Flo burned her tongue so bad, but that won't stop her from talking about her time with the Galaxy S22 Ultra. But before we get to Samsung's big week, Andy joins in Flo's griping about network TV. We also talk about the rest of the Galaxy S22 lineup and Samsung's new tablets and leave you with news of a neat Chrome feature.

#345: Remember Android Tablets?

February 5th, 2022 · 63 minutes

Andy is modding his smart lock, and Flo thinks that's kinda cool! This week, we're talking all about why Google should have taken advantage of the Joe Rogan/Spotify scandal by playing up YouTube Music's capabilities. Then, does Google want consumers to think of Android tablets as something positive all of a sudden? A few job postings on LinkedIn s…

#344: The Smart Way

January 28th, 2022 · 68 minutes

It's hard changing routines, and this week Flo is reckoning with how much she's enjoying making the switch to Fire TV after so many years with Google. We'll talk about Google's brave withdrawal of FLoC and why Topics is only slightly better, and we'll introduce you to Google's new executive VP in charge of technology and society. Then, we've got r…

#343: Thank You For Being A Friend

January 21st, 2022 · 57 minutes

This week, Andy and Flo brace themselves for the return of Google Glass, as rumored through this week's reveal of Project Iris. We talk about YouTube scaling back on original content and why it's struggling to cater to creators. We also touch upon some of the changes coming to Google Pay, and we remember Betty White as Google intended: with roses …

#342: Podcastable Pain

January 14th, 2022 · 60 minutes

This week's Nvidia Shield update has Flo wondering if it's time to upgrade her Chromecast with Google TV. Andy has finally achieved "Watch Later" Playlist Zero, and it's just as cathartic as Inbox Zero. Then, you know things are getting interesting when Android's SVP is subtweeting Apple in a public forum. Why is the head of Android speaking candi…

#341: Counting On

January 8th, 2022 · 67 minutes

Google announces more compatibility with its Fast Pair technology and more integrations with Android Auto. Then, the ITC found Google guilting of violating patents filed by Sonos. What does that mean for your Nest devices at home?

We'll also discuss why a lawsuit claims Google paid off Apple to stay out of its business and why DuckDuckGo's CEO…

#340: A Googley Look Back

December 31st, 2021 · 72 minutes

It's that weird week before Christmas and New Year's, so Andy and Flo are taking some time for reflection. We'll look back at the ways Google won us over in 2021. The Pixel 6, its revamped security cameras, and its attempt at reviving Wear OS were all extremely valiant efforts. We'll also take stock of some of Google's follies throughout the year,…

#339: It's A Wonderful Phone

December 24th, 2021 · 58 minutes

We're taking it easy this week. Andy's honeymoon with the Pixel 6 Pro is nearing its end, and Flo finally got herself a Christmas tree. We'll talk about the PIxel 5a's defeat over the iPhone 13 Pro, why it's not what you think, and why TikTok is beating out Google for traffic. Then we'll get really into the holiday spirit with Google's Santa Villa…

#338: Keep Your Phone in Your Pocket

December 17th, 2021 · 76 minutes

Flo and Andy are making their best impressions of the Christmas spirit. They wonder if Google Glass is coming back and why everyone is racing to put Android apps on Windows PCs. They applaud Google for its strict vaccination policy for its employees and chat about how Apple's latest Android app helps keep AirTag users safe. Then, it's time to bid …