Day 50: Survive for a day with only Android Pay

Today’s goal was simple: is it possible to go through an entire day without touching an Oyster card, wallet or cash? I know that I could just have stayed at home and done this too, but I had to go to work.

Android Pay day: charge battery

The most important thing to remember to do if you want to succeed at this is to keep your phone charged. If the phone dies on the way home: challenge failed.

It actually turned out to be quite easy. Transport payments have already shifted over to Android Pay for me entirely, as taking the phone out is less hassle than searching for a contact-less card. And I stopped using Oyster cards a while back since I keep losing them.

Lunch wasn’t too hard either, as most contactless payment terminals accept Android (or Apple pay) as well. The only tricky part was convincing the corner shop owner to let me try to pay with the phone. I also survived being checked by an undercover ticket inspector between Oxford Circus and Regent’s Park. Which to think of it is also new ­čÖé


Day 41: Install and try Waze

A very short post today. One of the most noticeable impacts of switching to Android a while back is the sheer number of high-quality apps available on the platform. The phone is fast becoming an unmissable part of my daily routine. I’ve been using a very nice Garmin satnav as a navigation aide while travelling. Today I decided to give Waze a try on my phone.

It’s brilliant, from the minor improvement that I don’t have to buy expensive location-specific maps, to the fact that the crowd-sourced information on conditions is much faster and more detailed than any other map provider. When I buy a new car again, if it comes with Waze, or the ability to add Waze to the in-car screen and audio, I will buy it.