UI is good but if that means that background data or all the internet traffic that goes on when you're not actually using an app is on the rise, then it can be worrisome to see many apps hogging too much – as a study reveals INDIA: On an average, over 30 per cent of all data is used by apps running in the background.
A new app-usage finding, conducted through millions of Opera Max users also shows that Facebook Messenger and Gmail are the most data-hungry apps this way, with some 73 per cent of their total data usage happening in the background. Google Drive and WhatsApp showed more than 50 per cent background data usage. Background data is all the internet traffic that goes on when you're not actually using an app: email syncing, pre-fetching ads, news articles or feeds – even though you may never read them.
"Most apps are made to give a great user experience, not to save data. If you fetch background data through your data plan, it's like throwing away $1 out of every $3 you spend on your mobile data plan," says Sergey Lossev, Product Manager at Opera Software.
"Most people are not aware of this background data drain and may not have authorized it, nor do they know how to stop it from happening. That is why, today, we are introducing Smart Alerts in Opera Max," adds Lossev. "Smart Alerts help you easily manage your background data usage, as well as getting helpful tips and suggestions on how to prevent apps from devouring your data. Opera Max's Smart Alerts automatically identify apps that use a lot of data in the background. Opera Max then notifies you about how to manage these data-hungry apps, giving you an easy, two-tap way to block apps from using your mobile data.Opera Max triggers Smart Alerts when it detects excessive background data usage of over 10 MB per week."