In November last year, Google launched Datally, an app that lets users oversee and manage data consumption on their smartphones. The company has now added two new features – ‘Emergency bank and ‘Bedtime mode’ – to Datally, which it claims will allow users to control the way their smartphones (and the apps on them) consume data even better.
Emergency bank: The Emergency bank feature allows users to save some of their cellular data separately, so that it can be used later in case of an emergency. To get started, users simply have to enter their total data allowance and the amount they’d like to save for emergencies. Once the emergency data balance is reached, the feature will automatically block apps from consuming data. It’s up to the users how and when they want to use the emergency data allowance. For instance, it can be used to send an urgent message, or book a ride home.
Bedtime mode: Of the numerous apps that we use on our smartphones, quite a few constantly keep running in the background, consuming cellular data as they refresh content. This often happens at night, when users leave their smartphones idle for a couple of hours. The new Bedtime mode feature automatically turns off the smartphone’s data usage at night. To use the feature, users simply have to configure their bedtime and wake-up time in the app, and it’ll take it from there.