May 28, 2022

Reference: New Web Database Provides Estimated Data Usage of Popular Apps

From PC World:

A new website launched by mobile trade group CTIA shows smartphone and tablet users how much data is used by popular apps., unveiled by CTIA Thursday, allows mobile device owners to estimate an app’s data usage before it’s downloaded. This is the first tool allowing consumers to learn about an app’s data usage before downloading it, although there are tools available to measure an app’s data use after downloading, CTIA said.

From CTIA-The Wireless Association:

Visitors to may search by name, operating systems or categories. After locating and clicking the desired app, users will find the following information:

  • How the app was tested;
  • How much data is used when downloaded, at initialization (both first and subsequent start-ups to analyze caching), during active run time and during background time;
  • How the app impacts data plans (i.e., 300 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB and 4 GB); and
  • How users can conserve data usage.

Currently, includes test results for the 50 top paid and free apps from Apple and Google stores with more being tested and added each month. CTIA also invites developers to submit their apps to be tested so their results are included in the ratings listed on the website.

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