Note : All Monzo Q&As to date can be found here
Hey forum family
I think the New Year hangover is starting to clear… And we’re looking ahead to a brilliant 2019.
This time of year is perfect to set your yearly goals and figure out what you really want to achieve in the next 12 months. And that’s exactly what we’re doing here at Monzo!
One thing that you may or may not know about our Product development is that we’re split into different squads depending on the overall goals. One of those squads is the Savings Squad, and our guest this week can tell you all about it!
If you haven’t already, please be sure to read all previous Q&As
This week in the Hot Coral Hot Seat™️, I’d like to welcome Edward Woollard, Android Engineer in our Savings Squad!
Let’s find out a bit more about this week’s guest.
Edward joined us in August 2018 as an Android Engineer.
Since he’s in the Savings Squad, he’s currently working on :
Allowing users to save/invest their money and also generally improving the land of Pots!
Fun Fact About Edward!
I once named and designed a Subway sandwich that was sold in two local stores for a few weeks.
His favourite thing about working here?
Working on an app that’s truly changing how people manage their money and being trusted to make vital changes to it frequently.
Alright folks, you know what to do!
Get your questions in and Edward will be here later this week to answer them
How do make an elephant rusty?
I heard you love what we do to the app in the #android slack channel
If you could add anything to the app right now, what would you add?
Favourite android app?
Should we enable access to our app in the Play Store on Chrome OS, and what would be the main blocker (if any)?
In light of Kieran’s comment above, has it ever crossed your mind to add an Easter egg to make @nexusmaniac go nuts?
What if there’s already an Easter egg that I’ve not found yet…
Interrogation Question time
What have you found most interesting during your time in the Savings Squad?
Are you currently working on new integrations in the Savings Squad? (if it’s not under NDA )
Do you eye up any other banking apps and think “huh, that’s a cool feature ”?
And finally - what, if anything, would you most like to change in the Monzo app?
What feature do you feel has had the biggest impact on your own use with the app?
What do you feel is the area that needs the most improvement?
How often does the vast portfolio of Android devices cause headaches with testing and deployment of new features?
This may have been covered in the past but is the Android app primarily Java, or are you using Kotlin?
Thanks for the questions all, Edward will be here to answer them tomorrow so get them in while you can
Obligatory pots question:
Do you have any more concrete plans on paying for direct debits from pots (ring-fencing bills)?
I was talking to @simon about this and an idea I had was to allow selection of a target pot from the “recurring payments” view, plus a “recurring payments” tab on the pot itself.
Also, how did you get into Android development? I’m always curious of peoples’ routes into app development.
What’s the biggest improvement you’d like to see to pots? (Could be something that is or isn’t currently being worked on)
I’m told that if you leave them out too long in the rain and don’t oil their trunk.
The app is sitting at currently about 96% Kotlin and it’s been a gradual effort over the past year or so.
We’ve decided to take an approach of converting Java files to Kotlin once we have to touch them to complete a feature. This means it doesn’t become an extremely tedious task, but we will eventually end up with an 100% Kotlin conversion.
If I may sneak a quick question in…
What’s the best (and worst) thing about developing in kotlin after using java for so long?
Did it take some convincing to get the whole team to agree on kotlin?
I can definitely say I’ve considered it. But what’s to say we haven’t already and he just hasn’t found it yet? Maybe he will one day.