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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. Hosted by Andy Ihnatko and Florence Ion.
 
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Android 12 Beta 2 is out, and Flo wants her Material Theming now! Andy continues to justify purchasing his new iPad by researching if anyone's figured out the "chain link fence" removal feature Google promised us many moons ago. We talk about Stadia's arrival on Chromecast devices this month and a new Apple feature that benefits us all. We also tal…
 
Google I/O may be over, but the hangover remains. Andy and Flo discuss some of the darker sides of last week's keynote announcements, particularly those related to artificial intelligence. But we also cover the exciting new Pixel 6 rumors. Plus, stayed tuned for a little Google Photos PSA, as unlimited uploads will end on June 1. This episode of Ma…
 
It's Google I/O week, and though it was all virtual this year, oh-my-God is there still so much to talk about! We discuss all that Google revealed at the opening keynote and gush over the new and totally customizable Material You. This episode of Material is sponsored by: Pingdom: Start monitoring your website performance and availability today, an…
 
Andy starts us off by getting into the YouTube of it all. The Google I/O schedule is up, and we're intrigued. We talk about Google's new Google TV-like home screen for Walmart's Onn tablets and why Roku and YouTube are still feuding. Then, how we're feeling about Google's multiyear partnership with the WNBA. This episode of Material is sponsored by…
 
Flo switched to the Pixel 5, and Andy's Pixelbook revived in time to beg him not to buy the new iPad Pro. Google had a great quarter, and we're gonna tell you all about it. Plus, it turns out that COVID-19 contact tracing on Android wasn't so private after all. And why YouTube TV on Roku might be nearing its end of days. This episode of Material is…
 
How can we not? We talk about Apple's announcements this week from an Android user's perspective. Plus, why Google FLoC isn't flying high, and the sad dystopia of Google Maps' emergency alerts. Note that there's a serious content warning for this episode as we discuss gun violence toward the end. This episode of Material is sponsored by: Pingdom: S…
 
Flo got the ginormous OnePlus Watch, and Andy's Pixelbook keyboard has gone kaput. We chat about Android's continued troubles with unified messages, how ad-blockers kept us from getting the show out this week, and why the Google Earth Timelapse feature is an important one to share with others. This episode of Material is sponsored by: Pingdom: Star…
 
Despite the flurry of news this week, Andy and Flo find some time for a subjective point of view. We walk you through Google's win at the Supreme Court and what a Pixel-perfect system-on-a-chip looks like. We attempt a bit of hype for the all-virtual Google I/O 2021, the dates of which were announced this week. Then, say goodbye to LG as we walk th…
 
We're still pumping the good vibes this week. Andy reminds us there are some real treasure troves available to stream on YouTube, and Flo wants to know if you have any questions about the OnePlus 9 or OnePlus 9 Pro that you'd like answered? Then we tell the tale of how Google simultaneously discovered and shut down a nine-month hacking operation. W…
 
It's been 300 episodes of the Material podcast! We have cake! We have commemorative Oreos! And we have a rundown of our favorite tombstones in the Google Graveyard. We'll give you a bit of the week's news, too, plus what you get when you do a Google search for the number "300." This episode of Material is sponsored by: Mint Mobile: To get your new …
 
Andy and Flo take a walk down memory lane to celebrate 10 years of Chromebooks. We recap the dawn of the cloud-based machines, and we'll clue you in on the new features Google announced to mark the anniversary. We also cover a not-so-celebratory news report out of NBC News. Plus, Google is the most trusted company, though not when it comes to self-…
 
This week's episode is a reminder that it's our data in exchange for all those perks we get for free on the internet. We talk about Google's attempted "privacy-first" initiative and what to expect from the latest Pixel feature drop. Then we lighten things up a bit with some future-facing device rumors. And, we're still answering your emails from ye…
 
This week, we point you to all the people doing the talking: from newly fired ethical AI researcher Margaret Mitchell to the remaining Googlers on the team waving back in solidarity with their departed colleagues. We tell you why California ended its COVID-19 testing partnership with Verily and why "Hey Google" isn't working on your WearOS smartwat…
 
Flo's Chromecast with Google TV gets stuck in a boot loop, and Andy wonders whether his investment in a Stadia controller will ever pay off. Then, why two Google engineers resigned over the firing of AI ethics researcher Timnit Gebru. This episode of Material is sponsored by: ExpressVPN: High-Speed, Secure & Anonymous VPN Service. Get an extra thre…
 
Andy and Flo lament about internet caps and other things out of their control. We discuss why Google is investigating another one of its top AI ethicists and how ex-Google engineer, Anthony Levandowski, got off scot-free for spilling trade-secrets. We opine on the future of Wear OS now that the Fitbit acquisition is finalized. This episode of Mater…
 
Why did Google Maps bother showing us our stats from the year prior? Doesn't it know we want to leave it behind? Andy tells us why he's flirting with Stadia, just as LG announces it's bundling the cloud gaming platform with its TVs. We discuss why Google is pausing political advertising for the month and whether there were any worthy announcements …
 
The first episode of 2021 is all about doing out with the old and in with the new. Flo starts us off with why she's putting the Chromecast with Google TV on all the screens. Then, we'll discuss Google and YouTube's responses to this week's attempted insurrection at Capitol Hill and get into the details of the Alphabet Workers Union. Plus, one mad g…
 
It's a holiday week, but Google is still doing some kerfuffling. Andy and Flo sandwich the news between two slices of holiday cheer, plus some good news about the Nexus 7—yes, that Nexus 7. And don't worry, kids: Santa is still delivering presents this year, and you can track his journey through the Google Assistant! Happy holidays, friends. Thank …
 
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