Opera Max Compresses Data to Save You Money
Opera today announced Opera Max, an application that Opera says can help reduce mobile data usage. Max is not a browser. It is a stand-alone app that compresses all the data that is sent from a phone over the network, such as social media. Once installed, Opera Max compresses data with its servers and reroutes the data through a VPN. It does not compress web sites and apps that use HTTPS connections. According to Opera, the app compresses data, but does not read it, which means users needn't worry about their privacy. It is specially tuned to help reduce the size of picture and video files, such as those shared on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Opera claims Opera Max can reduce data use over mobile networks by about 50%, which should allow people to get more out of their data plans for less money. Opera Max is available in limited beta beginning today, and only works with Android devices. Opera didn't say when Opera Max would become more widely available, nor when it might reach other platforms. Opera Max is free.
Opera Brings Mini Browser to Windows Phone
Opera today released a beta version of its Opera Mini browser for the Windows platform. Opera Mini for Windows offers many of the app's core features, such as Speed Dial for favorites and easy-to-navigate tabs.
Opera Hopes New Android Browser Will Push Growth
Opera Software today announced a wholly refreshed version of Opera Mini for Android devices. Opera gave the browser a new user interface based on Material Design, which lends the browser a more native look and feel to Android devices.
Opera Mini for Android Adds Video Boost
Opera today updated its Opera Mini browser for Android devices and added video compression to improve playback and reduce data usage. Opera says the Video Boost tool should cut down buffering times and provide smoother performance on mobile devices when streaming video over cellular networks.
More Android Phones to Save Data via Opera Max
Opera today said a total of 14 smartphone makers are now preinstalling its Opera Max data savings software on their devices. Max can reduce data use on Android smartphones by about 50% by compressing images, video, and other data as it transits the network.