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Google's new Datally app could help you save mobile data

People using the app during a study in the Philippines have saved up to 30 percent of their data, Google says.


Google's new Datally app helps you monitor and save mobile data.

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Google on Thursday introduced its new Datally app, which lets you monitor and save mobile data. It's available in the Google Play store for any Android phones running Android 5.0 Lollipop or newer. 

You can see your usage on an hourly, daily, weekly or monthly basis and get recommendations for how you can save more. To save data, you can turn on the Data Saver feature to block background data usage and track consumption in real time. The app also will alert you when public Wi-Fi is nearby. 

During a trial in the Philippines, users saved up to 30 percent of their data, Google said. 

Datally's features are nothing new. You can find the capabilities in Android settings, but putting them into one app makes it easier for people to find and use them. 

Saving data is important for people in countries like the US, particularly as apps pack in more features that suck up bandwidth. It's also key in less developed nations as Google tries to expand with its "Next Billion Users" push. 

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