Data usage has always been a thorn on our side ever since our smartphones developed the ability to connect to the internet, particularly in a country like ours.

Starting today, Android users now have more control over their data usage using the Google’s Datally app. It’s a simple data manager that guides users in understanding, controlling, and saving their mobile data.

As a step towards its “Next Billion Users” push, Google is democratizing the mobile data landscape even further, addressing the concerns of less connected markets. Datally will allow casual users to understand how their phones use up their precious data.

Datally does this with four key features:

Data Saver. Apps frequently use data in the background for updating content and information. 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. People testing the app saved up to 30% of mobile data, depending on the way they used Datally.

Data Saver bubble. Once Data Saver is turned on, Datally’s Data Saver bubble will appear when a user goes into an app. Whenever that app uses data, the Data Saver bubble will show the current rate of data usage, and users can easily choose to block that app’s data use if things start to get out of control. The Data Saver bubble is like a speedometer for mobile data.

Personalized alerts. Datally alerts users when apps start consuming a lot of data, and it allows them to see how much data they’ve used on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.

Wi-Fi finder. There are also times when users want to use more data than they have on their mobile plans, such as when they want to watch HD videos. Public Wi-Fi is an important access point for high-bandwidth connectively, so Datally’s Find Wi-Fi feature reveals the networks nearby, rated by the Datally community. Once connected, users can rate the Wi-Fi networks themselves based on their own experience.

Datally is available for free starting today on the Google Play Store. It is compatible on all Android smartphones running Lollipop or higher.

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Luigi Leonardo
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Luigi continues to build a book fort out of all things geeky. He is now at the science fiction section where he hopes to build a cyberpunk effigy of Philip K. Dick. You can find him in numerous publications, all over the world, and wherever books are sold.