Google’s new app “Datally” stops other apps from wasting your data

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Google has launched a new mobile data-saving app known as `Datally’, that will help users in the emerging market to understand, control and save data. It is supposed to help you understand where your data is going, and cut down on how much you’re using. Datally will show which apps are using data the most and at what times your data is getting used up; it’ll also recommend ways to cut down data usage based on your own activity and suggest nearby Wi-Fi networks for you to connect to.


Country Manager of Google, Mrs Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor in a media briefing in Lagos, said that with Datally, one could save and do more with data.


According to Ehimuan-Chiazor, the app is a technology, built to tackle some of the challenges being faced by internet users in the emerging market. “Datally, the new data management app will help them understand how data is being used on the phone and help to control and save it,’’ she said.


According to her, Datally can also help one to understand where data is going, to save up to 30 per cent of data, and turn-on data saver bubble to see a real-time speedometer of one’s data.


Datally shows you how much data you have used on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis and alerts you when apps consume a lot of data. Over time, Datally will learn your usage patterns and offer more recommendations to save data’’ she added.


Ehimuan-Chiazor said that apps frequently use data in the background to update content and information and one may not know it happens.


She added that Datally’s Data Saver feature would turn off background data for these non-essential functions as well as let one manage data usage on an app-by-app basis.


According to her, Data Saver bubble will be used to block background data and track real-time data usage, whatever app one is using at a particular time, it works like a speedometer for one’s data.


She said that one could also block data with one tap if data usage gets out of control.


The country manager said finding quality public Wi-Fi could be challenging, adding that within the range of a public network, Datally’s Wi-Fi finder would notify one and help you connect.


She said that directions were also given for one to be able to locate the Wi-Fi and once one was connected to a network, it was important to rate it in order to help others in the Datally community find great Wi-Fi.


Obviously, if you can afford to use the extra data, you probably won’t want to use this app. Cutting off background data use will hurt your overall phone experience, as not only will apps not refresh content in the background, but apps won’t send you push notifications either (which means you wouldn’t be able to chat with someone over anything but SMS). But if you’re constantly bumping up against your data cap, Datally seems like an easy way to start figuring out where the problem is.


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