Google launches data-saving app in South Africa

Google has announced Datally, a smart and simple Android app that helps smartphone users understand, control, and save mobile data.

The app works on all smartphones running Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and higher, and is now available on the Google Play Store globally, the company said on Thursday.

“In many parts of the world, people feel constrained by the cost and availability of data. Managing and controlling data can feel daunting, and where data goes can seem like a ‘black box’,” said Google South Africa country director Luke Mckend.

“Google’s research showed us that users in developing countries are data-constrained and spend less days connected to mobile data per-month than users in developed countries.

“Datally aims to help users be connected everyday by increasing transparency on how data is used, enabling more control over their data usage to get the most out of their data plan, and finding good public WiFi,” he said.

The app will show users which applications on their device use the most mobile data and recommend ways to cut down on mobile data usage, based on the user’s behaviour.

Datally also includes an option to stop all mobile data usage for every application not in an active window.

The app allows users to block individual apps from using mobile data and can display real-time data usage while an app is running.


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Google launches data-saving app in South Africa