Google pushes big Datally update for Android

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 19, 2018
Google Android

Google released a new version of the company's data compression app Datally for Android yesterday; the update introduces new  features and improves others.

The company launched the Datally application for Android in late 2017. We reviewed the first release version of Datally back in 2017 to give Android users better control over the device's data usage.

The initial version of Datally monitored the data usage on the Android device, offered tips to reduce data usage, and suggested public wireless networks that it picked up to save mobile data.

Datally helped save 21% of data on average according to Google. The new version of the application comes with four new or improved features.

Datally: new features

  • Guest Mode -- Designed to limit data usage when you hand over your device to someone else. It allows you to limit data usage by specifying the maximum amount of data that the borrower may use.
  • Daily Limit -- Daily Limit is for the device owner what Guest Mode is for others. It allows you to set a daily data limit and get warnings when you reach that limit. You can still continue to use data or block data for the remainder of the day.
  • Unused Apps -- Lists applications that use data but have not been used in a while. You can whitelist applications to hide them or start the uninstallation process directly from the unused apps screen. It is interesting to note that Datally lists apps that use data but are have not been used in a while directly after installation.
  • Wi-Fi Map -- The feature extends the Wi-Fi suggestion feature of Datally. It displays a list of public wireless networks on a map. The public wireless access spots are usually operated by businesses.

Datally users may certainly appreciate the new functionality as it adds new options to limit data usage and remove apps that use data even though they may not be used anymore or very infrequently.

Datally requires lots of permissions. While some can be associated with the functionality clearly, while others, like the ability to read SMS, read phone status & identity, or call phone numbers directly, can't.

Closing Words

The new version of Datally is already available on Google Play. Existing users should receive the update through Android's automatic updating system.

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  1. Paul(us) said on June 19, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    I am personly totally abandoning Android.
    This ferry unreliable even untrustworthy Google product is release after release proofing that Google has no regards for there users (customers) and only for there shareholders.
    It’s even not close to another not ferry user (customers) friendly company the number two being Microsoft. Google there unreliable releases who are not long enough supported for even one reasenbul hardware lifetime.
    Because of that the users (customers) still having there not so old hardware (and mostly even his first battery pack) and is left with not supported (and a program that does not function properly as a result) and protected Android system. Crazy!

    1. Anders said on June 20, 2018 at 11:05 am

      What will you use instead?

      1. Paul(us) said on June 20, 2018 at 7:26 pm

        Hello Anders, There are so many choices think:
        1.) Ubuntu Touch ( Really nice )
        2.) Sailfish
        3.) Plasma Mobile
        4.) Halium (I do not fancy this one because of the Android services are still required to talk with the hardware)
        5.) PureOS ( Is almost there but not yet available)

  2. John Fenderson said on June 19, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    “Do you use traffic management apps?”

    No, I’ve never had the need.

  3. Latz said on June 19, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    Maybe this App will measure my traffic correctly. 3G WatchDog isn’t working for me since the last update.

  4. Anonymous said on June 19, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    ..”suggested public wireless networks that it picked up to save mobile data…”

    So Google suggest using insecure, man-in-the-middle… public wi-fi networks ? Is it is enough that Android, by nature, is insecure ?

  5. ULBoom said on June 19, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    We don’t use traffic managing apps. Can’t see how 21% improvement in anything from a google app is worthwhile; the potential cost to benefit ratio is unknown. I really don’t have any desire to be a spam conduit to my contacts either.

    It’s really annoying google won’t let me access my youtube account (which they’ve junked up with asinine vid thumbnails and buried MY controls and vids) through a VPN without providing a phone number.

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