Saturday, 21 July, 2018

Google released Datally to manage your mobile data usage

Google's new Datally app for Android will help you manage your mobile data Google's mobile data-saving app has moved out of beta and renamed to Datally
Pete Mitchell | 30 November, 2017, 14:14

The app was launched in beta form in limited markets, which included the Philippines where the company found out that it helped users save nearly 30 percent off their mobile data usage. The app is available on Google Play Store and compatible with Android smartphones running Lollipop 5.0 OS and above.

Google says it tested the app in the Philippines for the past few months and that has helped users saving up to 30 per cent on their data. Heck, Google's Android has the feature built into the operating system, although given that it is buried within the Settings menu, novice Android users might not be able to find it quite as easily, and that's one of the reasons behind Google's Datally launch.

But they warmed to the idea as they saw that users welcomed data consumption by "apps they really like", Woodward said.

A worthy feature of the Datally app is that it completely blocks an app from using background data. It records the data and which program uses the data, and provides users with information on that. Datally will also notify you about Public Wi-Fi hotspots that may be available nearby. While this is good, because it enables you to get-real time notifications, it also consumes a good amount of data.

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The app will do mainly three things, understand your data by showing you hourly, daily, weekly or monthly data usage and recommend to you how you can save data.

Datally will show which apps are using data the most and at what times your data is getting used up. Thirdly the app will retrieve your location and suggest if there are any public WiFi networks nearby. The closest in my case was 300 meters away from my location, the farthest away 1 kilometer. And just above this, you get the list of apps and their data usage. Users are also given the chance to rate the network quality for the benefit of future users.

Setup is not super straightforward unfortunately. It also requires access to view your phone's usage (though that's a given). If you deny these, it won't run.

Now You: What's your free mobile data quota?

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