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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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Florence Ion, a veteran tech journalist and lifetime computer lover, talks to her friends, colleagues, and folks from varying industries on how they leverage technology to improve their lives and the lives of others. This podcast aims to be jargon-free. It's fit for anyone with a little love for the computers, tablets, smartphones, and smartwatches making their world turn.
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We've got on the big OnePlus Watch 2, wondering why Google didn't check Gemini's answers before they went live. Links and Show Notes: First Look: The OnePlus Watch 2 Is Too Big for My Tiny Wrists Android Developers Blog: Wear OS hybrid interface Google chief says the company got it wrong after Gemini's responses sparked a bitter backlash Google Is …
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It's time for Cowboy Andy and Sheriff Flo's AI roundup rodeo! COME ON DOWN. Also, the first developer preview of Android 15 is out, and it's not 100% boring. Links and Show Notes: Gemma: Google introduces new state-of-the-art open models Boost your productivity: Use Gemini in Gmail, Docs, and more with the new Google One plan Google apologizes for …
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What's it like living with three different ways to call on Google? Where has Android's photo picker been all this time? And why is Android 15 codenamed Vanilla Ice Cream? Links and Show Notes: Bard becomes Gemini: Try Ultra 1.0 and a new mobile app today Android photo picker with Google Photos support rolling out via February System Update A Google…
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The good news is that Google debuted easier-to-use generative AI tools. The bad news is that employee morale is low and Google will stop backing up the web. Links and Show Notes: Shopify keyboard Google CEO faces employee questions about layoffs, AI strategy Google Labs: How to try ImageFX and MusicFX generative AI tools Google will no longer back …
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Google held its earnings call, and it's mostly good news, even when it's not. It's not the best news for those who have recently been laid off. Links and Show Notes: Google earnings: 100 million Google One subscribers, Google Cloud profits Google’s Parent Company, Alphabet, Reports Earnings Below Estimates Google Splits Up a Key AI Ethics Watchdog …
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We discuss the OnePlus 12 and the Galaxy S24 Ultra, plus whether Chrome's new AI-enhanced features are worth forcing the browser for an update—content warning for cheese haters. Links and Show Notes: OnePlus 12 Review: Almost Impressive Enough To Make Me Want to Ditch the Pixel 8 Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Early Impressions The Pixel 9 leaks are alre…
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Samsung took up the week's news with the launch of the Galaxy S24 series. And then, why is Google Search getting worse? Links and Show Notes: The power of Google AI comes to the new Samsung Galaxy S24 series Samsung says Galaxy AI features will only be free 'until the end of 2025' Circle (or highlight or scribble) to Search The Best Parts of the Sa…
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Google started the week off strong at CES 2024 with the launch of new features and its new mascot, then nosedived after reports that another wave of layoffs was forthcoming. Links and Show Notes: Android's 3D bugdroid mascot is called 'The Bot' Google at CES 2024: New Android features and updates What's new with Android for cars at CES Google cuts …
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Samsung will launch a new phone in a few weeks, just as CES 2024 engulfs us all. Plus, what's on your Bard wishlist? Links and Show Notes: Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked 2024 Will Hopefully Reveal the Galaxy S24's New AI Chatbot 2024 Bard Wishlist Google announces April 2024 shutdown date for Google Podcasts Support Material with a Relay FM Membership…
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Happy holidays! It's hopefully the last time we're talking about Beeper. But it won't be the last time we discuss Google in court. Links and Show Notes: Google Allows More App Payment Options in Antitrust Deal With States - The New York Times The Google Play Store Ruling Is Bad News for Longtime Android Phone Users Google Messages giving RCS chats …
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Epic wins--and that’s not a pun on the name. Beeper Mini, again. Then, is Google finally giving us control over our privacy? Maybe? Links and Show Notes: Google Loses Antitrust Court Battle With Makers of Fortnite Video Game Epic v Google Trial Verdict, a Win for All Developers Google tipped off press about a Fortnite bug — and Epic made Lockheimer…
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Beeper Mini's turned green bubbles into blue ones this week, and Gemini entranced us all. Links and Show Notes: Beeper Mini for Android sends and receives iMessages, no Mac server required Beeper Mini Rules, But It Doesn't Solve Android's Messaging Problem Introducing Gemini: Google’s most capable AI model yet How it’s Made: Interacting with Gemini…
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It's time for Google to pay Canada's "link tax," even if it sets an unfortunate precedent for the rest of us. Android 14 can detect when you're taking a screenshot, and the bumps on the Pixel 8 Pro are nothing to worry about. Nothing to see here! Links and Show Notes: Google to pay Canada’s “link tax,” drops threat of removing news from search An u…
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Carl Pei played Android users for fools, and Apple stepped in like a hero after it confirmed it would adopt RCS. Evidence shows that Google and Apple once wanted to become "deep deep" partners. Links and Show Notes: Give the Gift of Relay FM Nothing's Failed iMessages Workaround Was Too Good To Be True It's important we not forget the Nothing Chats…
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Flo goes on a covert operation to the Google Visitor Experience. Then, the company gets scorned in court not once but twice this week. This episode of Material is sponsored by: Electric: Unbury yourself from IT tasks. Get a free pair of Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones when you schedule a meeting. Links and Show Notes: Lora - Google Fonts Visitor Ex…
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We're feeling goofy this week discussing reports of an Android-friendly Apple Watch that was almost made and Google's desperation over making iMessage open source. The Pixel 8 won't let you make a fake I.D., and why is Boston getting a Google store? This episode of Material is sponsored by: Electric: Unbury yourself from IT tasks. Get a free pair o…
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Google's back in court, which means there's so much that was revealed. Sundar Pichai testified on Monday for three hours, followed by Prab, Google's senior vice president. Links and Show Notes: Google search antitrust trial updates: Everything you need to know (so far) Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai defends Google's search deals in antitrust trial Goog…
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We cover Alphabet's quarterly earnings and why they hurt the stock, why the New York Times says that Google is worried about Apple, and some new features in Google Maps. Links and Show Notes: Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) Q3 2023 Earnings Call Transcript Alphabet's stock has its worst day since start of the Covid pandemic in March 2020 Inside Google’s Plan …
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Andy shines in a solo episode this week, discussing the Android team's recent Reddit AMA and why Google was able to bring back Home Groups the way they used to be. This episode of Material is sponsored by: Electric: Unbury yourself from IT tasks. Get a free pair of Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones when you schedule a meeting. Links and Show Notes: D…
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Andy has battery woes, and Flo reviewed the Pixel 8 Pro. Is Google's promise of seven years of software updates too good to be true? This episode of Material is sponsored by: Electric: Unbury yourself from IT tasks. Get a free pair of Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones when you schedule a meeting. Links and Show Notes: Pixel 8 Pro Review: Sets the New…
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Apple spills the beans under oath about why Google is its default search engine the same week that Google dumps another body in the graveyard. Bard AI is caught leaking queries into the ether. And Android 14 will let you use your phone camera as a webcam. Links and Show Notes: Apple defends Google Search deal in court: ‘There wasn’t a valid alterna…
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Are you ready for Bard to read your emails? Is it Google's fault a man drove off a bridge? Should Google prioritize human-written words over AI-written ones? And why are Taylor Swift fans crashing Google's search engine? Everything has an answer in this week's episode. This episode of Material is sponsored by: Factor: Healthy, fully-prepared food d…
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Google is officially on trial the same week Apple reminds us why some people can't get enough of its walled garden. Wired interviews Sundar Pichai and even gets him to crack a bit. Links and Show Notes: Google Antitrust Trial: Google Viewed Exclusive Search Deals as a 'Weapon,' Justice Department says People use Google because it's helpful Here's e…
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