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

#412: The Other Shoe

May 18th, 2023 · 61 minutes

Andy has a peculiar theory about system administration. Then the episode goes back to Google I/O. A beloved children’s cereal mascot is made to suffer. And Google has a wonderful plan to make top-level-domains both goofy and radically dangerous.

#411: The AI Message

May 13th, 2023 · 115 minutes

It's all about Google I/O 2023! Andy and Flo talk about everything, from AI to Android to Pixel hardware.

#410: Speaking Out

May 5th, 2023 · 64 minutes

Andy's solo this week. Google's AI researcher quits the company just as everything is heating up. And what will an alliance between Google and Apple look like to cut down on stalking with Bluetooth trackers?

#409: Wouldn't It Be Nice?

April 28th, 2023 · 69 minutes

Google's quarterly earnings are out this week. There's good news, and then there's some tepid numbers. Then, checking in with all those Chromebooks purchased at the height of the pandemic.

#408: Moving Fast, Breaking Things

April 21st, 2023 · 71 minutes

Why is Google rushing to push out its AI product before it's ready? And what do the employees inside Google HQ think about it? Then, a respite with a look at the leaks of Pixel hardware that will be revealed at Google I/O.

#407: The Chopping Block

April 14th, 2023 · 69 minutes

It's springtime for Android users. The Android 14 public beta is out this week, just in time for Google to kill two more of its beloved products. Which ones are on the chopping block this time?

#406: Get Outta My Dreams

April 7th, 2023 · 65 minutes

Google launches Android Nearby Share for Windows in beta, plus more parity between ChromeOS and Android. Why is GM planning to phase out platforms like Android Auto in the car? And Google backtracks to let you upload as many files as you like.

#405: Total Transparency

March 31st, 2023 · 78 minutes

Google launches its new ads transparency center this week, and there is Bard drama fitting of a soap opera. Google also used this week to kill off the best part of having a Fitbit.

#404: Error

March 24th, 2023 · 71 minutes

Andy and Flo get access to Bard, and that's all they're talking about. There are two new significant security vulnerabilities affecting Pixel smartphones. What a polarizing week!

#403: Catch 22

March 17th, 2023 · 64 minutes

Will Google I/O 2023 turn out to be a hardware show? The rumor mill certainly thinks so. Andy and Flo discuss Google's plans to infuse AI into Workspace, Samsung's "space zoom" controversy, and the YouTube TV price increase.