Andy is excited about the Wear OS watches floating around right now, while Flo wishes they'd be smaller and last a little longer. After the break, the two hosts discuss bad apps in the Play Store, say goodbye to the Chromecast Audio, and geek out over the relative coolness of a 3D-printed brain for your smart speaker.
Material 185: Who is CES for?
CES 2019 is all anybody can talk about. But before Andy and Flo get into it, this week's show starts with a bit of catchup on Flo's first Google support experience. Then, Andy leaves us all with an essential anecdote about why you should probably turn off your phone.
After the first break, the two discuss everything from the new Google Assistant Connect platform to all the new stuff announced this week with the Google Assistant built into it.
Material 184: Robots Without Emotion
Flo and Andy are back for the first episode of the new year with a look at how Google's Project Soli will change the way we use devices. The two also discuss what Fuschia holds in store for the future of Android. Then, after the second ad break, why people in Arizona are attacking Google's self-driving cars.
Material 183: A Year Without Android
Time to play a game! Below are the instructions. Follow along to learn how to play, then [tweet us](http://www.twitter.com/materialpodcast) or [email us](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) your choices and we'll feature them in our first episode of 2019.
> You have to GIVE UP one of these Google things and not use it in 2019. Which do you choose to give up? You’ll get it back after a year.
* Google Assistant (includes smart devices but you can keep your Android phone, Chromebook, etc. if you disable Assistant)
* Chrome and ChromeOS
* All Google-branded hardware (you can keep your Samsung Android phone, HP Chromebook, etc.)
* Google Search
> Same group, but this time you can only KEEP one for 2019.
* (And remember, “Google-branded hardware” would necessarily exclude “Android”; you’re keeping Pixelbook, Google Home (as a multiroom Chromecast speaker system), Google Clips (ha!) BUT you’re still cut off from Android, Assistant, ChromeOS...you’re only keeping ONE of the five)
Material 182: Internal Struggles
Enjoy this deliciously late taping of the Material podcast! This week, Andy and Flo are talking holiday things and the inevitability of Windows apps on Chrome OS. After the break, Andy and Flo discuss the internal blowback on Google's Project Dragonfly, and why Google contractors don't get discounted t-shirts.