I was at the media briefing session organized by Google, where we got introduced to Datally! A new app by Google that was built for emerging markets like Nigeria. For one, this app works on all smartphones running Android 5.0 (lollipop) and higher, it was also developed to help smartphone users, especially in Nigeria manage their mobile data more effectively on their smartphones.
I must point out that Datally will not help you manage your WiFi connections, this app only helps to manage mobile data, for now.
Once installed, you have to grant permissions and also turn on usage access.
… And you are in!
The first thing you get to see is the dashboard which shows you how much data you have used for the day.
With Data Saver activated, you can further monitor on a daily, weekly and monthly basis and also control how your mobile data is being used on your Smartphone on an app-by-app basis so that the data only goes to apps you care about.
Now, here is one of the major things I love about Datally and what makes it different from other data saver apps I have used in the past. With data saver activated, Datally’s data saver bubble will appear when you go into any app, like Instagram:
It will then show you real-time data usage as you scroll through content in the app.
Take a look at the image below:
I had spent 7MB of my mobile data within 4 minutes of scrolling through pictures on Instagram — no video content:
From there, I can stop Instagram from accessing my data.
Now, not many of you know this, but applications like Snapchat, to name a few use data in the background, something that Datally can protect you from. To do this, select “manage data” on the dashboard, scroll down and you get to see and block apps that use your data in the background using the padlock icon.
Datally will also send you personalized alerts on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
Finally, you have the “Find WiFi” feature to help you save data by connecting to WiFi spots that are nearby, you can also get directions using Google Maps and rate the connections to help others in the Datally community.
I don’t think Nigerians would use this feature, though, given that many WiFi spots are password-protected.
Speaking at the launch of Datally, Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, Google Nigeria’s Country Director said:
“For 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 have 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.
So, what do you think about Datally: