One of the main concerns that most of the Android users today face is tracking data usage on their smartphones and limiting the amount of data that applications use. It is difficult to accurately track and control every application’s data usage since each uses a lot of data in the background. Most of us have always wanted some way to limit this background data usage by applications.
Most Android smartphones have some built-in data management feature but they are usually hidden under several layers in the Settings page, which makes it hard to find them. To make things easier, Google has made an app called Datally. It is free to download on the Play Store, takes up 16MB of space after installation, and is compatible with all smartphones running Android (5.0) Lollipop or higher. It is a rebrand of Triangle, a data management application that Google released in June — can help users save more and do more with their data. It’s designed to help users do three things, Google says: Understand, control, and save data.
Datally helps users save their data by alerting them whenever they’re near a public Wi-Fi network. The application helps them connect to the network and allows them to rate its network quality. Google says that it has been testing Datally in the Philippines over the past few months, and that during its testing, users saved up to 30 percent of their data.
The app allows you to see your usage on an hourly, daily, weekly or monthly basis and provides you with personalised recommendations for how you can save your mobile data. Datally controls data usage by turning on the Data Saver bubble to block background data usage and track real-time data usage. It also allows users to block data with one tap in case an app’s data usage gets out of control.
Datally is a part of Google’s Next Billion Users initiative and mainly focuses on making Google products more usable in countries with limited mobile connections and where lower-end hardware remains widespread. The key idea to behind the conception of Datally comes in after a group of people at Google found people switching their phone to air-plane mode just to save their data usage, says Josh Woodward, the product manager of Datally.