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Google Launches App to Reduce High Mobile Data Usage in Nigeria

Brand new app Datally helps Android users understand and control their mobile data to get the most out of their data plans

Today Google announced Datally, a smart and simple Android app that helps smartphone users understand, control and save mobile data. Datally works on all smartphones running Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and higher, and is available for download on the Google Play Store globally, today.

Datally was developed to help solve one of the biggest concerns of smartphone users around the world, and especially in Nigeria – worries about data usage. During extensive user research around the world, we found that many smartphone users worry about running out of data, especially the new generation of internet users known as the ‘Next Billion Users.’ Not only are they constantly thinking about data balances, but they do not understand where their data is going, nor do they feel like they can control allocating data to the apps they really care about.

The app will empower users to manage their data more effectively on their smartphones through 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.

● 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 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 connectivity. Datally’s Find Wi-Fi feature reveals the networks nearby, rated by the Datally community. Once connected, users can rate the Wi-Fi networks based on their own experience.

Speaking at the launch of Datally in Lagos, Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, Google Nigeria 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 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,” he concluded.

7 Things To Know About Datally

Meet Datally, a mobile data-saving app by Google that helps you understand, control and save data. With Datally, you can save more and do more with your data.

#1 – Datally helps you understand where your data is going

Datally shows you how much data you’ve used on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis and alerts you when apps consume a lot of data. Over time, Datally will learn your usage patterns and offer more recommendations to save data.

#2 – Data Saver helps you save up to 30% of your data

Apps frequently use data in the background to update content and information. Many times, you might not know this this is happening. Datally’s Data Saver feature turns off background data for these non-essential functions and lets you manage data usage on an app-by-app basis.

#3 – Turn on the Data Saver bubble to see a real-time speedometer for your data

The Data Saver bubble blocks background data and tracks real-time data usage, whatever app you’re in — it’s like a speedometer for your data. You can also block data with one tap if data usage gets out of control.

Understand, control and and save mobile data with Datally

#4 – Datally helps you find great Wi-Fi nearby

Finding quality public Wi-Fi can be a challenge. If you’re in range of a public network, Datally’s Wi-Fi finder will notify you and help you connect. You can even get directions on how to get there.

#5 – Rate Wi-Fi networks and help others

Once you’re connected to a network, don’t forget to rate it to help others in the Datally community find great Wi-Fi.

Datally shows nearby Wi-Fi with quality ratings from other users

#6 – Light on your phone

The Datally app takes about 6MB of space, so it’s easy on your phone’s storage.

#7 – Made for you

Datally works on all phones running Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and higher, and it’s available globally on the Google Play Store.

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