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[APP][2.2+] Onavo Lite 1.0 controls your data usage to save you money

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By guyrosen, Junior Member on 30th August 2011, 04:58 PM
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Hi all,

I'm Guy from Onavo, and I wanted to share with you all that after much anticipation Onavo (which was available only for the iPhone till now) has come to Android!

Today we launched Onavo Lite, an app that solves the "Android data leak", as we call it. In the world of capped data plans (not to mention outrageous roaming charges), the problem with the Android ecosystem is apps run constantly in the background, which means they can be using data whether you use the app or not. Users have no control and no way to limit the data that is used. Until now.

Launched today, Onavo Lite puts users in control of their data usage. The app flags 'data hog' apps and allows users to make apps 'WiFi only', effectively stopping the data leakage.

The app helps control data usage and costs through features such as:
- Alerts and warnings: when an app is hogging data in the background, when approaching your cap, or when traveling
- Data hog blocking: can opt to block certain apps over 3G, or 3G data in general once you exceed your data cap to avoid any additional costs
- Tracking: Real-time data plan tracking and early alerts when usage reaches certain limits.
- Advice: Tips on best value data plans based on your actual usage
- Simple set up: Removes all the complexity from mobile data plans

If any of you have any questions, feel free to shoot them my way here in the forum. We would love your feedback on our app.

To download just search for "Onavo" on the Market.
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30th August 2011, 05:37 PM |#2  
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I'm happy to see this app finally reach android, but the version for android doesn't do the main thing it does on the iPhone: compress data.
There are already apps that monitor data usage.. so why is this different?
other apps also have notification and that stuff.

So when will the data compressing feature be available?
30th August 2011, 05:53 PM |#3  
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Hi Ilya,

Compression for Android is definitely on its way, we are working to bring that to you as well. However we realized that to help users truly tame data plans, we needed to deliver a more holistic solution. Since on Android background data usage is a REAL problem (as opposed to iPhone) so we simply couldn't wait to release this to the public and deliver this great value. (Google for "android iphone data usage" to see a post on our blog, from our chief Android guru, on the conceptual differences between Android's and iPhone's data consumption models).

There are some great meters out there, but nothing provides:
a) Real-time alerts when apps are eating up your data in the background
b) Crowdsourced intelligence that lets you learn from our global community and get advance warnings on apps that may be problematic to your data plan.
c) The ability to block apps from using your mobile data in the background.

Add to that compression, when we release that, and you've got a one-stop-shop for all your data usage needs.
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30th August 2011, 07:02 PM |#4  
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I have a few feature requests:

- specify another currency (as I am in a foreign country, it is definitely the wrong one).
- specify the begin of the monthly plan (I can specify this value for the domestic, but not for the roaming plan)
- specify previously used data - I already used some data prior to the installation

After all, looks promising...

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30th August 2011, 08:16 PM |#5  
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All good points. Quick questions:
a) the app should suggest your own local currency (that of the SIM). This usually makes sense as if you're on your home operator's SIM you pay in your home currency, if you buy a prepaid SIM locally it would be in that country's price. What's the scenario in your case?
b) Can you describe the kind of roaming plan you're using?

Thanks!
30th August 2011, 08:48 PM |#6  
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Quick answers:

- austrian SIM (EUR), I am in Switzerland at the moment (roaming). Result: currency shown in CHF.
- my plans both begin on 26th of the month. Domestic plan: 1 GB; roaming plan: 50 MB. In the app I can specify the begin of the domestic plan. But: roaming plan begins today from my point of view.

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30th August 2011, 09:02 PM |#7  
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Gotcha! Thanks for clarifying - definitely stuff we'd like to take care of.
30th August 2011, 09:47 PM |#8  
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Keep us posted
31st August 2011, 01:33 PM |#9  
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@webwude - we just uploaded a new version with some bugfixes, among them we have fixed your point #1 about the currency.
31st August 2011, 04:58 PM |#10  
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Thank your for the information.

I experiencing a strange issue (maybe related to your app):
since this morning, I get timeouts using the standard internet app, k-9 mail, gmail and so on - only a few apps (mail with exchange, provider app) are still working, all other (which I have used in the meantime) seems to be blocked, even after uninstalling your app. Is there any way to reset things as they were before? If I start apps which I haven't used since yesterday, they can connect... otherwise I can see that there is traffic, but browser or market just get timeouts...
It seems, that there is some sort of lock...
I will investigate this furthermore this evening...

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1st September 2011, 12:47 AM |#11  
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Hi, i have one question. How do i turn the "Roaming, enjoy your trip" notification off? I'm always roaming (it's complicated) so i'm getting a bit annoyed when that notification sticks itself up there and i can't remove it.

Thanks in advance
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