Instagrammers, Vine, Pinterest users and more, you have a reason to see more pictures and watch more videos now. Opera Max is here. By using Opera Max, it actually compresses the data and hence the data usage will be lowered.
The trick to it is that it uses Opera Cloud to process the data before sending back to the device via VPN. Therefore, not all apps can use this compression method. Those with HTTPS will not be able to “enjoy” it. Anyway, it is actually transparent to users. I have just started using it. Please read the FAQ if you are worried about security and etc.
Here is a simple video to introduce you to Opera Max.
Here is how it works.
Opera Max available in Singapore
Data compression app also supports Android Lollipop
Singapore – November 19, 2014
Starting today, Singaporeans and residents in 15 other countries will no longer have to worry about experiencing the horror of exceeding their monthly mobile data limits, as Opera Max becomes available. This handy data compression app gives users up to 50 per cent more use out of their data plans, and works on almost every app on the Android platform, including the latest Lollipop update.
The latest countries to gain access to Opera Max include: Albania, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Japan, Laos, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.
“Opera Max is the next step in the evolution of compression technology created by Opera Software. Users across the globe, from the United States and parts of Europe, including Turkey and Russia, have already been enjoying saving mobile data with Opera Max. We are continuing to roll out Opera Max to more countries, because we believe internet access is a fundamental right for all, and Opera Max makes this access more affordable for users,” says Sergey Lossev, Head of Opera Max at Opera Software.
How Opera Max works
Opera Max is a free and easy-to-use app that compresses data usage across apps, including video, text and images on Android mobile devices, meaning users can get more usage out of their data plans. It is the only app that gives consumers significant data savings on mobile video, which makes up a large chunk of data usage by consumers.
Opera Max’s advanced video optimization is powered by Rocket Optimizer, a cloud-based solution from Opera’s Skyfire unit. Once installed, Opera Max starts rerouting data traffic on the mobile device to the Opera data-savings cloud, using a virtual private network (VPN). All non-encrypted data requests (excluding secure websites and apps with HTTPS connections) are sent through Opera’s servers, which compress video, images and websites to consume less data.
Take control of data consumption
Through Opera Max’s timeline of app usage and savings, users can get a unique look at where their data quota is going to gain more control over the data they consume. They can also keep track of their savings and even block particular apps from using mobile data, restricting them to Wi-Fi only.
Android Lollipop Update
The Opera Max user interface and core networking component works seamlessly with Lollipop. With this, there have been a few improvements to user experience. Issues with IPv6 traffic in previous versions of the app are now resolved. Additionally, the VPN will have a lifetime approval permission, this means that once users confirm VPN approval for Opera Max, they will no longer have to reapprove the app each time their device reboots.
With this update, users also have the option to now hide all notifications from Opera Max. By going to the app settings and disabling the optional “savings status” notification. By default, Opera Max savings status notifications is only visible as a lock screen notification. It can be disabled by pressing and holding on the notification, then pressing the ‘i’ for information, and selecting the block notification.
FAQ of Opera Max is at http://www.opera.com/help/max/
Product page: http://www.opera.com/mobile/