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Google's new Datally app will help you save mobile data

Google's new Datally app will help you save mobile data

And to stay true to its objective, Google has also given it the ability to find WiFi hotspots you can connect to. I downloaded the app to give it a try and here are my first impressions. Whereas, everything is placed neatly in this standalone app, Datally. From there you can decide which apps should be allowed to continue sucking up bandwidth by hitting the little lock icon next to the app.

Datally should also come in handy when traveling overseas, as it can help you save on roaming surcharges. Sure in India you might be enjoying Jio's 1GB per day data plan and competing mobile operators' similar offerings but chances are this honeymoon period of affordable data won't last for long and soon enough you will go back to paying regular charges. Have you used the app yet? In addition to seeing just how much data an app is using, it can also turn data usage off for that app.

Control Data: Secondly the app helps control your data usage. I will talk a bit more about the same in a bit. Users are also given the chance to rate the network quality for the benefit of future users. You can even get directions on how to get there. 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.

"Google's research showed us that users in developing countries are data-constrained and spend less days connected to mobile data per-month than users in developed countries".

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Say, your friend comments on your Facebook post, or likes your Instagram photo, you will instantly get a notification for the same.

According to Ehimuan-Chiazor, the app is a technology built to tackle some of the challenges being faced by internet users of the emerging market. Datally also pro-actively notifies users of any public Wi-Fi networks available when the phone is hooked up to a data connection. However, those features are hidden inside the settings menu. Doing it for a couple of apps is still fine, but when you have a lot of apps installed, doing it for each and every app will be a task. With Datally the user can monitor, control and save data.

Google will soon add two more features in the app: Balance checking and balance expiration reminders and Proactive data usage warnings and controls. Try it out and see if it helps you save on data. However, the company is looking to the next billion Internet users, with those users' experience of the Internet being very different from their predecessors. The app tracks all data usage on the device throughout the day and lays the information out in simple, easy-to-read graphs that show peak hours and the apps responsible for eating up data.


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