Google launches app to reduce high mobile data usage


Google has launched a new app known as Datally to help smartphone users understand, control and save mobile data.

The technology giant noted that many smartphone users worry about running out of data, especially the new generation of internet users known as the ‘Next Billion Users.’

Speaking during the launch of the app in Lagos, Google Nigeria, Country Director, Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, explained that Datally will empower smartphone users to manage their data more effectively through four key features: Data saver, Data saver bubble, Personalized alerts and Wi-Fi finder.

She said: “In the last few years, our Next Billion Users team has been doing a lot of research on the ground in fast growing Internet countries like Nigeria; we found that data is a major constraint for the next billion users.

Introducing Datally into the Nigerian smartphone market will help users understand how to control their mobile data better.

“Google tested Datally in the Philippines for most of 2017, and the insights from the product tests there shaped the final app. The user research showed that people testing the app saved up to 30% of their mobile data, depending on the way they used Datally.”

According to Datally, Google is only seeing how much data is entering and exiting your phone, and claims to be unaware of what exactly is being transmitted.

Whether you believe it or not, based on Google’s history of secretly collecting user data in the past, it’s sensible to be somewhat wary of the data-saving app.

Want to download the app? You’ll need a phone running Android 5.0 Lollipop.


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