Google Introduces Datally, an App That Saves You Data

Bill Rogers
December 1, 2017

"Datally alerts users when apps start consuming a lot of data, and it allows them to see how much data they have used on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Introducing Datally into the Nigerian smartphone market will help users understand how to control their mobile data better". Datally's "Data Saver" feature lets users control data on an app-by-app basis, so that data only goes to apps they care about. If you find yourself in this scenario, Google has your back with its new Android app named as Datally.

Google has just reincarnated its previous data-monitoring app, Triangle as Datally. On an average, users have been able to save 30 percent of their mobile data, the company claimed.

Google tested Datally in the Philippines for most of 2017, and the insights from the product tests there shaped the final app. If you're in range of a public network, Datally's Wi-Fi finder will notify you and help you connect. You then have a toggle switch to setup and activate "data saver" mode.

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To all Android users, Datally might not sound like anything out of the ordinary. When using another app that is particularly data-heavy, a chat bubble will appear to inform the user how much data that app is using. Indeed, something that can closely monitor app use can be a godsend for those in places where buying prepaid credits for texting, calling and data is the norm. You can manually control individual apps, and tap on that lock icon to unlock it, and thus allow background data refresh. Whenever that app uses data, the bubble will show the current rate of data usage.

The offering is the latest from Google's Next Billion Users division, an internal effort to make internet services more accessible to people in countries where technology infrastructure is not as fast or affordable as in the United States or Western Europe.

One of Datally's abilities is real-time tracking of data usage while using an app, or multiple apps. As for iPhone users, don't expect Google to release a version of this app on iOS anytime soon.

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