Hands-On: Google Datally for Android

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Hands-On: Google Datally for Android

The app allows users to track the apps that use up data the most for a given user, as well as determine where they can save data. There's a big Data Saver bubble to block background data usage, so only active apps are using mobile data.

Despite its intended target audience, Datally sounds useful for anyone with throttled "unlimited" mobile data plans in the U.S. and other developed nations, as well.

Moreover, Datally serves up a bunch of stats showing you how you use your mobile data on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, while a graph also breaks things down on an hour-by-hour basis.

If you would like to check out Datally, you can download it from the Play Store for free. The app lets users view the total amount of consumed data by other apps on users' smartphones with letting them turn off or on data within those apps. Google's Next Billion Users is a program aimed at getting people in emerging markets around the world access to the Web.

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

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. You then have a toggle switch to setup and activate "data saver" mode. Have you used the app yet? "Managing and controlling data can feel daunting, and where data goes can seem like a "black box", says Google South Africa country director Luke Mckend. Datally can block app's data connection entirely with one touch. And with this testing the company has found that people have achieved as much as 30% lesser data consumption. Most of the complaints for Smartapp, it seems, appear to be around the wallet feature it had, and the recharge option that it discontinued. Google has released an app of its own which can help curb the extra costs that could be incurred due to this. It can help you find good Wi-Fi hotspots nearby so that you won't have to use your mobile data at all.

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