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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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Flo is out this week, so it's an Andy solo show. He's here to report on the trifecta of events we warned you about last week! So spooky! Andy reveals to us what his Halloween costume is, then confesses to pre-ordering the Google Pixel 6 Pro. He explains why he chose it over Apple's iPhone 13 Pro. This episode of Material is sponsored by: Pingdom: S…
 
Next week will be a flurry of tech announcements, including the long-awaited and much-revealed Pixel 6 event. Will Google announce something else alongside the sixth-generation smartphone? We'll also discuss why Google has decided to stop making its iOS apps look so much like Android. And then, why are so many Waymo self-driving cars in San Francis…
 
Google took the week to show off the new visual abilities of its search engine using its Multitask Unified Model (or MUM). YouTube has finally staked a claim against anti-vaxxers, just as it's facing a possible ban in Russia. And, we bet you can't guess what the most searched term is on Bing. Links and Show Notes: Google Search Changes Will Answer …
 
A major week for Android announcements! Microsoft is making another bet on the platform with the Surface Duo 2. Google pushed through a wave of new features to Android phones everywhere, including some that were previously Pixel-only. And we'll tell you what happens when Google drones trespass on raven territory. This episode of Material is sponsor…
 
Andy likes his battery-powered Nest Doorbell, and Flo is still falling asleep with the Buds in her ears. Google ships the final Android 12 beta, though we're left waiting for the all-but-revealed Pixel 6. Reuters gives us some news from Google's AI ethics panel. And what does it really mean when Google says it will replenish more water than it uses…
 
Waymo's self-driving fleet is coming to San Francisco, and Flo wants a ride. We attempt to figure out why Google dismantled its Health division and why Samsung smartphones are still burning up on airplanes. This episode of Material is sponsored by: Pingdom: Start monitoring your website performance and availability today, and get instant alerts whe…
 
Flo's finally figured out her computer situation (it's not a Chromebook), and Andy runs out of money to burn. The Pixel 6 got announced this week, but we still only know so little. We run through the numbers of Alphabet's earnings call and where all their money goes, then talk about the new Nest security devices coming through. We also wax poetic o…
 
Poor Mona found herself sucked into the YouTube algorithm before the family vacation, and Andy takes a daycation of his own. We go through Google's "About This Result" feature, plus another feature that instantly deletes the last 15 minutes of your search history. Then, another entry into the Google Graveyard, but not before many emojis get a makeo…
 
Flo's SIM woes continue unabated, and Andy realizes the stronghold that Chrome has on his life. We talk about the latest Google executive to leave after publishing an offensive manifesto and then liven it up with the good news about a Big Ass Chromebook. Andy will fanboy a bit over the latest Android-powered Micro Four Thirds camera, Flo will rejoi…
 
Andy and Flo love to digress into a conversation about their favorite foods and this week's episode is no different. We talk about the magic that makes Windows 11 run Android apps natively and why Microsoft and Google have agreed to start suing each other again. We're giddy over more carriers adopting RCS, and we wonder if Chrome OS will ever becom…
 
What did the New York Times reveal about Sundar Pichai this week? Where did Google's messaging strategy lose its way? And why did Massachusetts wait so long to implement COVID tracing? We'll answer all these questions. Plus, Flo shares her experience with the Android 12 Beta, and Andy explains how he ended up on a film set with Kevin Bacon. This ep…
 
Andy fixes his Google Home Max stereo speaker setup, and Flo wonders if Fuschia will fix her casting problems. We work out the deal with Google's physical store in New York City, and we'll tell you how to report online slander. We'll also talk about Google's new MIAP dataset, and Andy and Flo try to determine how much they're worth as journalists o…
 
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…
 
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