#MayUpdate – Take Charge of your Data

13 May, 2016 | Fuel OS, Software

At CREO, we are building a community-focused operating system for smartphones. Apart from building a platform that allows you to seamlessly and securely indulge in the best offerings of the Android ecosystem, we are concentrating on solving problems that smartphone users face in everyday lives. With our launch features like Echo, Sense, Retriever, Smart Inbox, and more, we have already made humble steps towards that. Keeping up with such a philosophy in our first update, we have built Data Manager which lets you take total control of your cellular data usage.

Mobile applications are constantly evolving with a core focus on the user experience. Leveraging faster network speeds, they are able to do it in various ways. Unfortunately, this also means that many of them are consuming a lot of data for long periods. As more apps make their way into your phone, you will find your data plans hitting their limits quicker. This directly translates to an increased spending on your mobile data plans.

All apps consume data in two ways:

Foreground data – This is the data consumed by an app when you are using it.
Background data – This is the data consumed by an app when you are not using it.

The latter would seem like a problem and it truly is. Apps continuously check for notifications to prepare for the next time you launch them. In a survey we ran recently, we found that nearly 25-30% of cellular data usage is used by apps in the background – a fairly big slice of your data plan pie!

One of the best ways is offered by your smartphone operating system itself. It allows you to choose the apps for which you want to restrict cellular data when they are not using them. The best part about this restriction is that it only applies to mobile data consumption. When your phone gets connected to a Wi-Fi network, you will continue to receive updates and notifications from the restricted apps as you normally would. Since you use different apps differently, you now have the luxury to select which app is worth your mobile data and which one is not.

To update to the latest version of Fuel OS:

  1. Head to reFuel App and open the carousel panel on top left.
  2. Click on the ‘Updates’ tab.
  3. On the ‘Updates’ page,tap on ‘Check for Updates’.
  4. And Voila! You’ll be upgraded to the latest Fuel OS!

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