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Google cracks down on apps with shady lock screen ads

02 December 2017, 12:55 | Shelley Chandler

Google has introduced a rule that limits the types of apps that can serve lockscreen ads. Getty Images

Google has introduced a rule that limits the types of apps that can serve lockscreen ads.               Getty Images

The Datally app also includes Find Wi-Fi option using which you can view the available Wi-Fi networks near your location. Google has released a new app for Android users created to help.

Ads are just a fact of life in mobile apps. That's why we built Datally, an app that helps you to control, save more and do more with your data. The app also shows user ratings of these Wi-Fi networks so that you can decide which Wi-Fi network you want to connect to.

After testing waters with Google Allo and Assistant, Google has launched a mobile data saving app Datally. This information is displayed with the help of a little bubble that is similar to chat heads. The app will also alert you via notifications when apps start eating data as well as giving them a neat summary of daily, weekly and monthly data usage. That includes the ability to limit your data for a particular app if needed, or for all apps save for the one now in use. You can also block data with one tap if data usage gets out of control.

"It really acts as a speedometer for your mobile data, along with the ability to block data if things are getting out of hand", Woodward said. However, accessing the features requires users to delve into the Settings page, a process which some users may find complicated.

Alex Dimayuga, an 18-year-old student and a user of Datally since February 2017, said she uses the application in order to balance her limited data plan for her researches and social media.

Datally has undergone tests in the Philippines since the last summer, and in that period the app has amassed more than 500,000 users.

KitGuru Says: Do many of you encounter issues with ads popping up from apps downloaded from the Play Store? Mobile data is of paramount importance to many of us, thanks to the ever growing presence of 4G-enabled smartphones these days. The controls placed on the front and center will help you to view real-time app data usage.

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