Google launches new Android app to help users cut down on data usage


Google's latest Android app called Datally is supposed to make people better understand where their data usage is going. Because mobile data is very expensive in many parts of the world, knowing which apps are eating the most of your data becomes critical.

That's one of the reasons Google decided to build Datally, an Android application that helps users understand, but also control and save data. The app allows you to see your usage on an hourly, daily, weekly or monthly basis.

Also, whenever you decide to turn on the Data Saver option, it will block background data usage and track real-time data usage while using each of the apps installed. Moreover, you'll be able to block data with just one tap if you think an app's data usage is too high.

Datally was also built to inform users whenever they're near a public Wi-Fi and help them connect to that network. You can even rate the network quality of other Datally users.

According to Google, after testing the app in the Philippines for a few months, most people using Datally were able to save up to 30 percent on their data. Starting today, Datally is available worldwide via Google Play Store, but keep in mind that it requires Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher.

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11 Comments

1. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

Another day, another google app.

4. peace247 unregistered

Better than ios bug update everyday.

7. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

App and OS updates are two different things, kid.

2. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Yes, awesome. Can't wait to get this baby when I switch back to Android soon as my main. IOS 11 sucks so much, I'm done with it iOS for the time being.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Isn't there a built-in data saving app in Oreo? Anyhow, I personally don't use data saving apps. The number one reason being the termination of notifications! And speaking of notifications; take any Chinese Phone from The BIG-4 Chinese manufacturers (Xiaomi, Huawei, Oppo and Vivo) and chances are; you'll NEVER receive any push notifications on these phones, no matter how much you tweak the settings. One will have to lock the app(s) in the background to receive any, which is just... RIDICULOUS! The main purpose of any smartphone is notifications, what else? I'd rather receive notifications than save me some bloody MBs or Milli-Amperes! Besides, a notification is mostly consist of few KBs, it's not going to make a hole in your data plan! Crazy! G'Day!

5. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Yep that's why I don't understand why people always say Xiaomi is good, I hear it has bad notifications problems.

8. KingSam

Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

This is meant for 3rd world countries where data is expensive and capped at a few hundred MBs. Some apps can be data hogs in the background. You're spoiled by unlimited data so you don't understand.

9. Valdomero

Posts: 666; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

True, I'm paying almost $40 for just 3GB of data, It's ridiculous, but in my country there's no unlimited data plans, only prepaid and postpaid plans. The prepaid plans they offer here are expensive ($15 for 1GB a month), but they include free data for Whatsapp and Facebook (no videos). I chose the postpaid plan because I don't like buying every single month a prepaid card, type the code into the phone and then buy the plan, I just programed the montlhy deposit to the carrier and that's it. Lucky you guys that have unlimited data at better prices.

6. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

I swear this has been built into Android since Lollipop, maybe Marshmallow.

10. maurellemejos

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

C'mon PA it's not a new app. It was called Triangle before!

11. gamehead unregistered

I have unlimited so im good

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