Google Introduces New Data Management App Datally
A smartphone without mobile data is far less useful than one without, but many customers around the world grapple with expensive carrier charges. Google has just released the Datally application, designed to help manage and control cellular data use. Datally looks and behaves as something of a blend of the easier to understand front end of a number of Android settings, combined with a database of local Wi-Fi hotspots. For many people, Datally could be just the thing to make it easier to ensure you don’t use all of your allowance. Google has been testing Datally in the Philippines for a number of months and has saved customers “up to 30 percent on their data.”
At it’s core, Datally is a more complicated data usage tracker. The stock Android data manager display shows you how much data your device has used since the date you decide to roll over your data. Datally can show you the data use by hour, day or week for all applications on your device. Furthermore, Datally can provide users with a personalised recommendation of how to save data. Datally can also block background data for a particularly data-greedy application, and you can prevent an application from accessing mobile data with one tap. In this respect it works in a similar fashion to Android’s Data Saver mode, but it is easier to understand. One difference, however, is that Datally needs to use a VPN in order to lock out individual applications from accessing mobile data.
Perhaps Datally’s greatest feature is the embedded Wi-Fi Hotspot locator. This feature allows the application to direct you towards a public Wi-Fi hotspot and even helps you connect. Datally encourages customers to rate the quality of the Wi-Fi connection too, which will help other potential Wi-Fi users.
Datally is available today via the Google Play Store as a free download, but you’ll need an Android device running Android 5.0 Lollipop or later. The developers have a short list of planned features including balance checking and reminders, plus proactive data usage warnings. These features are currently being tested in select markets. You can learn more about the app in this embedded YouTube clip:
And download the application here: