Onavo Lite, a new free Android app allowing smartphone owners to track their data usage, has been unleashed onto the Android Market. The app works by recording data consumption and then relays this information onto Android users with tips based on their monthly habits to help them avoid any overcharges.
Owners can choose to be sent alerts whenever apps are hogging data, receive warnings when they approach monthly data caps and even block certain apps over 3G if they’re being too greedy.
“We are all addicted to data, but like junkies we don’t stop and count the cost — we just want our hit,” states Onavo co-founder and CEO Guy Rosen. “With capped plans now the norm, we’re here to remove the confusion and baffling small print to make it clear and simple.”
For the moment, Onavo Lite lacks its iPhone equivalent’s “magical shrinking machine” which compresses mobile data to maximise smartphone performance but that feature is expected to arrive on Android soon.