2011-10-19 12h37_21

Let's face it -- no one likes tiered data plans. Still, it is something that most of us have to deal with, and I've never met anyone who wants to suffer the result of going over their allotted bandwidth. Fortunately, Google is offering a nice, proactive solution (not to be confused with the face cream that gets rid of acne, that's something else entirely) to help users avoid connection speed slowdowns or, even worse, surprise overage fees.

2011-10-19 12h36_22 2011-10-19 12h36_49

The band-aid for this menacing problem is a built-in data monitor, which is designed to provide crucial information about which apps are using your bandwidth and how much you have left, as well as warn you or disable all mobile data when you hit a user-definable limit.

The data usage feature does more than that, though -- it can also anticipate how much data you may use for the rest of your billing cycle based on your previous usage, show you an app-by-app breakdown of where your bandwidth is going, and even allow you to disable background mobile data connectivity on a per app basis.

2011-10-19 12h37_06 2011-10-19 12h37_21

If I had to pick, I would say this could easily be the most useful feature in Ice Cream Sandwich, but I'll wait until I actually get it in-hand to make that claim.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Miann

    Will help here in Canada where they still offer 100mb as a data option for some packages...

  • ocdtrekkie

    Nobody has mentioned the obvious: This feature can also be used to prevent some apps from doing background data sends you'd rather them not be doing anyways.

    It's kind of like the revoking permissions hack someone developed as a proposal for Cyanogen. But just for the internet.

  • Chris Banks

    Am I the only one who wants to know what nerd date is? lol

    • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Aaron

      Nope. I even looked it up in the Market and didn't see anything...

    • Miann

      lol I think we all looked it up

      • ocdtrekkie

        I know I did. Sounded worth my time...

  • Vins

    Two questions.
    1: So how do I stop Nerd date from being data-active in background ? any screen/UI on that ?
    2: Does Nerd Date need to expose some API to do that ? what if I download an App (say Nerd App is a downloaded app) from market can I control its background data too or Nerd Date needs to implement it. Is ICS good enough to do the job by its own ?

    • Cameron Summerson

      Nerd Date was an app running in the background that he used to demo the Data Usage settings. This feature should work with any app, including ones downloaded from the Market.

  • Vins

    Thanks a lot , Do we also have some UI/Screen on how use can select to disable to background data usage for any app ? (say Nerd App) ?
    and also it would be great to see the APIs for these. I was looking for it but did not find it on how I can stop a given app from b/g data usage.

  • shivar

    You can completely disable the back ground data it took me a while to get to know abt the back ground data ..go to settings u can see developer options if u go into it and scroll it down you'll find background data process limit there u can select no background data processes .