I have a couple of questions here. I am using the 2nd generation Nexus 7 tablet (wifi only) that was connected to my personal mobile hot spot. Yesterday, I saw a spike in my data usage that was lumped under a process called "Android OS" that I had not seen before, in the few months that I have owned this device and started tracking its data usage.

In the course of 1 hour, it devoured about a gigabyte of (background) data according to the "data usage" under the settings.

I also have the Onavo app. In that same time, it reports the data usage under the process "Streaming Media".

I presume "Streaming Media" and "Android OS" are the same underlying process. Am I correct? If so, why are they reported differently in these apps?

I have just discovered "Mobile Hot Spot" spot setting so I'm hoping that will help. As I had not seen this process usage this much database before, I had not thought to look into tweaking this setting until I started Googling around.

Can someone fill me in a little more here, or why I might have seen this sudden spike in data usage which I hadn't seen before? The only big streaming app I used yesterday was Spotify.

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    Your device must have been downloading OTA updates.. – Android Quesito Feb 5 '14 at 17:46
  • @SachinShekhar Are OTA-Updates streaming media (see question text)? Or is the reporting from Onavo supposedly wrong here? Though OTA was my first idea as well, until I noticed the "streaming" part. – Izzy Feb 5 '14 at 18:06
  • No. Streaming Media is a different thing... – Android Quesito Feb 5 '14 at 19:41

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