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App of the Week - Datally

As any avid smartphone user can attest, there’s nothing scarier than getting that dreaded text message from your service provider. If you’re anything like the Geek team, you probably know the one. It goes a little like:

“YOU HAVE REACHED YOUR MONTHLY DATA LIMIT. EITHER PAY US $1 MILLION RIGHT NOW OR YOUR PHONE TURNS INTO A ROCK FOR THREE WEEKS, BUDDY. MWA HA HA HA. SUCKER.”

OK, OK, so maybe we were imagining certain parts of that message. But the idea is true. Running low on data is a major hassle – and one that can prove costly. After all, nobody wants to pay an unexpected overage charge! And, even before that monthly cap hits, nobody wants to try to handle their everyday business with a lagging, spotty smartphone.

For all of these reasons and more, tracking your smartphone’s data usage is of the utmost importance. And, if you’re an Android user, you’re in luck! There’s a “stylish and simple” new app out there that’s promising to help you better understand, monitor, and manage your data.

It’s called Datally, and it comes to us courtesy of the fine people over at Google.

Like many Google products, Datally should come with a disclaimer. Something like: “Download this app, and it will transform the way you use your Android device for the better.”

Datally promises to help users conserve mobile data by as much as 30 percent, thanks to its unique suite of data monitoring and management functions. For one thing, Datally allows users to control data usage on an app-by-app basis; with the app’s help, you’ll be able to identify which of your programs are eating up data, even when not in use, so that you can turn them off or set hard data limits.

Even better, Datally will provide you with comprehensive, real time data usage metrics, allowing you to track your mobile data use by app, or view hourly reports and lifetime trends. Turn on notifications, and Datally will helpfully offer up these data highlights, or prompt you with reminders to go into data saver mode.

Finally, Datally promises to help users find the best WiFi around – and make relying on mobile data too heavily a thing of the past. Datally will help you locate nearby WiFi and provide you helpful details, like distance or user rating. To return the favor, you can rate any WiFi networks that you’ve connected to, letting future users know if the network is safe, secure, or speedy.

Google also promises to frequently update Datally with new features, including the ability to check your data balance on command.

Ready to take control over your data usage right now? Android users can download Datally for free via the Google Play Store.

Have any other apps that will help us get more out of our smartphones? Drop us a line on Facebook or Twitter with your recommendations! While digital marketing is our passion, geek speak is our raison d’etre. We’d love to hear from you, and we might even feature your suggestion on a future blog post!  

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Jason Finn

Founder & Chief Geek

Jason has nearly 20 years of consulting experience, predominantly in the technology space. Most recently he was the COO and Director of Technology for Rich Casto & Company, a national training and consulting organization in the real estate industry.
As a consultant for IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and Envision Consulting Group (now IMS Health), Jason has served clients of all sizes, including Big Pharma, Fortune 500, and Global 1000 companies:

  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • AOL (America Online)
  • Astellas Pharmaceuticals
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Ford Motor Credit
  • Wockhardt USA (formerly Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals)
  • Norwich Union
  • PNC Bank
  • Reynolds and Reynolds

Sarunas Budrikas

Creative Director

Sarunas is a web design and development expert with hundreds of successful projects in his portfolio. He is passionate about delivering extraordinary user experiences for every client and consistently goes above and beyond everyone’s expectations. As an SEO expert and strategist, he can optimize your website, or app, to get the most out of it, day in and day out. Sarunas holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Kaunas Technology University, in Lithuania. Sarunas now lives in Chicago, and calls it home.

Alexandra Olsavsky

Client Experience Specialist

Alex specializes in content generation and social media promotion for Geek | Chicago clients, helping to solidify their presence in the online community. This includes blog writing, graphic design, co-ordination and design of weekly newsletters, and active engagement on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn. Outside of Geek, Alex is a classically-trained soprano who professionally performs around the city of Chicago (most recently with the Chicago Baroque Band, and with the Rolling Stones for their "50 and Counting" tour).