Google's Datally Helps Manage Your Mobile Data Usage

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Google has released a new Android app that can help you monitor and control the amount of data you use.

"Once Data Saver is turned on, Datally's Data Saver bubble will appear when a user goes into an app that is allowed to use data". The app also will alert you when public Wi-Fi is nearby.

Mobile data is expensive for many people around the world.

Datally is a new app from Google that will track your data usage, as well as restrict apps from accessing data easily on an app by app basis. The new avatar of the same app is now available to download on the Play Store. There are a number of permissions required to use the app that you'll be asked to turn on, but it finds the data usage for apps you're using and displays it a clean simple interface.

Google tested Datally in the Philippines for most of 2017, and the insights from the product tests there shaped the final app.

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Google's in-beta Files Go file-sharing and storage management Android app is also aimed at users in these markets who own devices with limited storage and spotty network coverage. Google has also given it the ability to find WiFi hotspots it can connect to.

The launch of the app is a part of Google's Next Billion Users division.

One of the most common problems with most apps on Android is that they consume a lot of data in the background. You can manually control individual apps, and tap on that lock icon to unlock it, and thus allow background data refresh. The app also tracks real-time usage of each app that's now in use, which Google likens to a "speedometer" for your data.

Aside from that, Datally features a Data Saver Bubble feature that lets you data usage in real-time. "The visibility gives users more confidence to use those apps". What's also curious is that, at one level, the app says that "Don't worry, we don't inspect your app traffic', and at another, it's meant to track app traffic, and needs a VPN to route usage through".

"Over time, Datally will learn your usage patterns and offer more recommendations to save data, " she said.

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