Data bundles is the word. It makes us feel like tearing apart our phones to get to the Internet Service Providers. ( Not literally tearing apart the phone, but well, we cannot ignore the fact that when some of us were young, we would try to open up the TV set just to get to the news anchors speaking at the back of the screen). The same applies to the bundle issue.
We all can admit at one point or another we felt like that. That time when you have purchased some data bundles and login to your WhatsApp ready to break everyone’s status with the memes, and out of nowhere, a text message comes in: “Dear customer your data bundle is almost finished.” Aaargh! I dread seeing this popup kind of message.
Severally, many have come up with different slogans, ” bitter option”, to mock the rate at which their data bundles are being consumed.
We come with good news for you today. Google’s has got your back. It heard your cry and since they never disappoint, they did it once again. Stolen our hearts with two amazing apps that will sort your data bundles issue.
Google has created YouTube Go and Datally to help in saving your data bundles. The two apps work to ensure you get the best out of your internet experience at a lower and reduced data bundles usage. I will break it down for you how each helps to save your bundles.
This is a new version of YouTube. Similar to the “normal” YouTube, however, unique in the perspective that it saves on data. YouTube Go app has been launched by Google on its play store to 11 countries and Kenya being one of them. The app is currently in development, but, one can be able to download it and enjoy the experience.
I recently downloaded it and I must say, it has amazing features. The advantages are amazing. What are some of the advantages am referring to here:
It saves on data by allowing users to select the quality at which they would like to watch the videos at. By offering three qualities to select from: Basic- Saves most of the data bundles, Standard and High quality, allowing users to decide their preferred choice.
It allows users to download videos for offline viewing at a fast speed while saving data bundles.
It allows users to share their videos with their contacts. It does this by allowing the app to access a user’s contacts list and allows users to share the video with those on their contact list having the YouTube Go app. However, this is an extended functionality from their main YouTube version, the difference is YouTube Go accesses your contacts while YouTube allows sharing with those who me you are connected to on email.
This is an app that has control over your data bundles by using a bubble that floats on your screen which is like a speedometer for mobile devices. The app creates like a VPN (Virtual Private Network) which bypasses the ISP providers, in order for the app to save on data.
This app, works on all smartphones that have android 5 and other higher versions of android for it to work effectively.
The app has features that lets the user control the data on each and every app so that the data is only consumed by apps they are currently using while other apps in the background do not consume any data.
The app lets users view the amount of data they consume on a daily, weekly and monthly basis to minitor their spending and usage. It also provides personalized alerts to let users know when apps start consuming a lot of data.
The app which was initially tested in Phillipines, according to the data collected, it was stated that users were able to save up to 30% of their mobile data depending on how they used the app.
The app only gets to work when users turn on the data saver, otherwise, downloading and installing the app without turning on the data saver will be as good as having an item with no purpose on the phone.
All you need to get this amazing apps, is
go to Google’s Play Store
Search for the one you want whether YouTube Go or Datally.
Download and install. And you have them in your phone.
The question would then be how much data do I need to download this apps? Google is smart. It made sure the apps have a great effect but with very little data bundles required when downloading. For the YouTube Go, It is currently downloadable with only 8mb while it’s still in development but expected to be an app with a total size of only 9mb while Datally only requires 20mb to download it.
This is good news to everyone. We no longer need to cry and lament about how fast our data bundles are being consumed. I believe those slogans will remain in 2017 as we get to take advantage of the new apps from Google from now onwards as we await to usher in 2018.