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

#237: Meat Suit

January 10th, 2020 · 93 minutes

It's another week of the Material podcast, and Flo is incredibly tired. Andy tells the tale of how he lost his Pixel 4 review unit and then found it again—it's a relatable parable. Afterward, we talk about how Chrome OS is strutting its stuff at this year's CES. We'll also run through Google's latest updates for the Assistant, and we offer Sundar …

#236: New Year, New Gripes

January 3rd, 2020 · 95 minutes

Flo rang in the new year by boring her friends with a Google Photos slideshow, while Andy worked on curating the perfect media library. We discuss the year's first major Google news story: a politically-tinged blog post from the company's former Head of International Relations on how Google's policies have morphed over a decade. We'll also take a …

#235: Holiday Hangover

December 26th, 2019 · 91 minutes

What better way to spend the day after a significant holiday than listening to Andy and Flo? Andy starts us off with frustration over Google Play Music's much-too-obvious descent into cessation. Then, an update on what's happening with Google overseas. We'll also reel in some realism regarding the salaries of your favorite executives, and take a l…

#234: It's The Most Wonderful Time

December 20th, 2019 · 75 minutes

Parental Advisory: We may ruin Santa for your children again.

It's our last podcast episode before the Christmas holiday. Flo is surprised over how much time she spends running the heater, and Andy is excited to automate all the things. After the first ad, we'll talk about former Google bard, Claire Stapleton's first-person account of why s…

#233: That's What Robots Are For

December 12th, 2019 · 86 minutes

Content warning before you dive into this episode: we may end up spoiling Santa Claus if your little ones are in attendance.

Flo tosses in her digression card early on in the show, while Andy steers us back on track with why it's so hard to commit to one app in this day and age. After the first break, the two discuss the Department of Justice…

#232: Founders Get Lost

December 5th, 2019 · 89 minutes

Andy gets his thoughts out about Google's casting abilities. Then, we talk about Larry and Sergey's hand-off of the company keys to Sundar Pichai and why it's not entirely surprising after all this time. We'll also update you on the status of the Thanksgiving Four before pointing you to a revealing interview with YouTube's Susan Wojcicki. We'll en…

#231: Food for Thought

November 28th, 2019 · 95 minutes

Let Andy and Flo carry you into the holiday week (if you're in the United States) with musings about their favorite holiday traditions. Then, we'll discuss how Google could set a precedent for Silicon Valley by allowing its workers to unionize and why the company has taken an interest in a new coalition to construct a nine-point "Contract For The …

#230: It's Business, Folks

November 22nd, 2019 · 89 minutes

Flo and Andy cash in their "off-topic" card earlier on in this week's episode. After the digression, the two discuss why Google is scaling back its weekly all-hands meetings and squeal over Motorola's forthcoming foldable phone option. We'll also regale you with what's on sale at the Google Store for Black Friday, in case you're hoping for a disco…

#229: Bohemian Rhapsody

November 16th, 2019 · 92 minutes

Andy and Flo have less than two months in this decade, so they go through all of their accomplishments in the last ten years. (Just kidding, no they don't.) After some catch-up, and a brief discussion on the merits of cooking with butter, the two dive into the implications of Google collecting personal medical data. We wonder out loud if it's time…

#228: The Great Pixel

November 9th, 2019 · 73 minutes

Andy and Flo run a little behind posting this week's podcast, but we've got plenty of information to carry you through the weekend. Flo talks about the ease (or relative lack of) of her recent move, before the two dive into the Week of Google Updates. We'll also discuss Google's acquisition of FitBit and why the headlines are taking some of the ne…