Google is now updating its data-saving app Datally with four new features that should help users control their data consumption more effectively. These four features are dubbed as Guest Mode, Unused Apps, Daily Limit, and Wi-Fi Map. The Guest Mode allows the owner of the device to set the amount of data that another user could consume, which is useful when the smartphone is shared among friends or family members. Meanwhile, the Unused Apps feature enumerates the applications that consume data even though they have not been opened by the user in over a month. The search giant noted that around 20 percent of the total mobile data consumption is caused by these unused applications, and removing them could result in significant data savings on the part of the consumer.
On the other hand, the Daily Limit feature permits users to set how much data they could consume on a daily basis. When a daily limit has been determined by the consumer, the app will push notifications whenever the user is about to reach their self-imposed limitation, and once the limit has been reached, users may choose to block all mobile data to save costs. Last but not the least is the Wi-Fi Map feature, a functionality that Google claims should make it easier for users to find Wi-Fi networks to connect to. This feature shows a map with markers that detail the locations of Wi-Fi networks, and once users are connected to these networks, they also have the option to rate the networks for the benefit of other consumers.
Datally is the data-saving application that was initially released by Google as the Triangle app back in June last year. This software was developed to help users reduce data consumption by monitoring which apps expend the largest amount of data, and if possible, limit the data usage of these applications. The Datally app also suggests nearby Wi-Fi networks that people can connect to and it presents a more intuitive way of limiting background data use. The search giant stated that the consumers who used the Datally app successfully reduced their monthly mobile data consumption by an average of 21-percent.