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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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#198: Google is a Hardware Company

April 11th, 2019 · 71 minutes

This week. Flo and Andy muse about all the ways that Google has transformed itself into a major hardware player. We talk about the midrange Pixel 3 rumblings, what analysts are saying about who is buying Pixel phones, and Google's next batch of Chrome OS devices.

#197: No Wingnuts

April 5th, 2019 · 77 minutes

Flo details the death of her Pixel 3, while Andy takes us down memory lane with an excerpt from his Google+ archives. After the first break, we'll talk about the latest Bloomberg piece detailing how YouTube discouraged its employees from reporting toxic videos. On the flip side, the company has committed to giving its contractor workers better pay…

#196: Quote Unquote

March 28th, 2019 · 84 minutes

Flo's out of town this week, but there's still plenty happening at and around Google. We'll discuss the new EU directive, which will change the way we use the internet and probably embolden copyright trolls. We'll also take a look at Google's Lookout app and how it works, and we'll wag our fingers at Google for downgrading Pinterest pages in its s…

#195: YouTube's Big Problem

March 21st, 2019 · 82 minutes

In preparation for the forthcoming 200th episode, Andy and Flo offer their favorite cake freezing tips before Flo offers up an update on her Galaxy Watch Active. After the break, a somber discussion about last week's Christchurch attacks and how YouTube's disaster team acted to stop the propagation of hateful messaging. We'll also discuss what's n…

#194: You've Been Sherlocked

March 14th, 2019 · 93 minutes

Andy helps Flo work out some feelings, and the two hosts agree that Google Home Minis have propagated like furry little tribbles. After the break, a full breakdown of Senator Elizabeth Warren's proposal to break up Google and the rest of Silicon Valley, followed by a walkthrough of what's new in the Android Q Beta. And then, we'll end with a quick…

#193: Generational Differences

March 8th, 2019 · 70 minutes

This week's podcast deals with some very mature themes, so take heed.

There's a ton of nostalgia in this week's episode, from Andy and Flo discussing how their online lives differed when they were tykes, to how they each hold on to a lifetime of media files with the help of their respective Plex servers.

After the first break, gear up for…

#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.