Opera Max Compresses Data to Save You Money
Feb 23, 2014, 2:21 PM by Eric M. Zeman
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.