Insights into how Google's Datally app will help users save data

Insights into how Google's Datally app will help users save data

Google has launched a new app created to help users monitor their data usage and control the amount that they use on a day-to-day basis. It's now ready for all Android users as long as you're phone is running at least Android 5.0 Lollipop. It lets users understand their data usage by providing hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly statistics, along with recommendations on how to save data based on individual usage. The app also tracks real-time usage of each app that's now in use, which Google likens to a "speedometer" for your data.

Datally can also tell you when you're near public Wi-Fi and help you get connected.

The Google Country Manager, Mrs Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor in a media briefing in Lagos, said that with Datally, one could save and do more with data. Once installed, the app conducts an audit on the apps you're running on your smartphone to find out what kind of data they're consuming. And while most phones have some rudimentary tools for tracking how much internet you're downloading, Google thought it could do better, so it created Datally.

During the testing phase of Datally, app developers from Google as well as outside expressed their concerns about the consequences of users restricting their services' data access.

Depending on the version of Android you're using Datally does replicate some of the features that are built into Google's mobile operating system.




"The insights from the product tests there shaped the final app", he added. A year and half ago, when data prices were exponentially higher, this app might have been useful.

Now, just besides each app, you also see a "lock" icon, which basically indicates that background data usage has been blocked.

Data Saver: - Save up to 30% of mobile data* through controlling data usage on an app-by-app.

Datally is the most recent initiative by the Google Next Billion Users division.

But Google's decision to release it to all users, including those in developed countries, suggests the company believes it can help people in those markets save some cash, too. It displays information on mobile data use to you when you run it, and may be used to control the mobile data use of applications, and to find and connect to public wireless networks.

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