Google Says Apps Can No Longer Put Ads on Your Lock Screen

Angelica Greene
December 1, 2017

Also, security researchers are of the view that the spyware was most probably used for targeted attacks against a limited number of people chosen for some unknown reason. But lock screen apps have not been a preserve of an annoying push by select device makers.

So as consumers, we often look for ways to save those extra few megabytes of our mobile data by either reducing our usage or simply switching it off altogether. And it isn't just a Kenyan thing.

Datally is a mobile-data saving application that helps a mobile user understand, control and save data allocation.

Datally is made by Google's Next Billion Users division whose mission is to make the internet more accessible in developing nations. Ideally the app, which promises up to 30% in savings, is meant to make you not miss out.

But that's not all.

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Nevertheless, in most cases, shady app developers have misled users with false promises into using their custom lockscreen, which then rotated through various ads while the phone was charging, earning the app developer a profit.

Along with showing real-time smartphone data use, Datally reveals which apps are involved and lets people stop them as they wish. So you don't go tweeting your provider about your data mysteriously running out.

With the Personalized Alerts feature, Datally alerts users when apps start consuming a lot of data, and it allows them to see how much data they've used on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

If you're a user of Opera MAX you may find this kind of a similar concept. It also shows app-wise data consumption, i.e., YouTube, Instagram, Chrome, etc. By pressing the bubble at any point, you can block the app from using data. Though Datally is promising more functionality that rather actually genius. I believe you've already installed Google Datally on your phone. This way, you can connect to these hotspots and save a significant amount of mobile data. So to save data just monitor your usage and limit your access to many services when not connected to WiFi.

Datally, the new service, lists data consumption by app and enables users to shut off data transmissions by apps of their choosing, Google group product manager Josh Woodward told Reuters in an interview.

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