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Google launches Datally App for saving data usage, finding WiFi; 2 years too late

Google has launched Datally, an app which helps users track their mobile data usage and reduce data consumption. The app allows users to track their data consumption on an hourly, daily, weekly and monthly basis, and get personalised recommendations on how to save data. More importantly, it allows users to stop background data usage, and track real-time data usage for each app, and stop data usage with a tap. According to the company, their tests in the Philippines suggest that users can save up to 30% data. What's really strange is that the app needs a VPN to block data. We've written to Google for a clarification regarding why they need a VPN for blocking data, and how users who use VPNs already on their mobile phones can use Datally. What's also curious is that, at one level, the app…

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