Samsung Max Offers Data Savings and Security for Android
Samsung today announced Samsung Max, a free app for Android devices that will provide new data conservation and security tools. The app, a reborn version of the former Opera Max app, includes Data Saving Mode to help people stretch their mobile data buckets a bit further each month. The app can monitor which apps are using data and alert users to apps that consume too much. It also helps by actively compressing images, videos, music files, and web pages within apps and the browser to keep data consumption down. People can fine-tune how Data Saving Mode polices other apps in the advanced settings tools. On the security front, Samsung Max includes Privacy Protection Mode, a VPN for securing phones when on WiFi. It encrypts WiFi traffic with a single tap, blocks trackers and cookies, and includes a Domain Name System masking service to hide the user's location. Samsung says Samsung Max will reach the Google Play Store on February 23. The company will also preinstall it on some devices later this year.
Google's Datally App Helps People Manage Monthly Data
Google today announced Datally, a new app meant to help mobile device owners manage their data usage thanks to fine-tuned controls. To start, the app lets people view their data usage on an hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
Google Improves Chrome's Data-Saving Powers
Google is updating its Chrome browser for Android devices with the potential for greater data savings. Chrome can reduce web site size by 70% by compressing the pages and, now, removing images when loading pages over slow connections.
Opera Brings Its Mobile VPN to Android Devices
Opera Software today launched a free VPN for Android devices that allows smartphone and tablet owners to browse the web more securely and access what might be prohibited content when using managed networks. The VPN removes ad trackers for privacy purposes and supports virtual locations (U.S., Canada, Germany, Singapore, and the Netherlands), which should let people get around some region-based restrictions.
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.