Opera is one of the better browsers for mobile devices since it uses data compression technology that allows for minimum data usage. What if this feature can also be applied to all mobile data on a device? This is where Opera Max comes in, an app that not only works on web pages but for most applications that try to access the web.
Opera Max sets up a VPN on an Android device which measures all data usage then sends all requests to Opera’s compression servers. Aside from websites, images and videos are also compressed which allows for great savings in bandwidth consumption. It also knows when the device is set to Wi-Fi mode and automatically pauses itself.
The app began closed beta testing in December of last year to a limited number of Android beta testers. Today the company wants more testers and is opening the public beta testing for those living in the Unites States and Western Europe.
The company announced in its blog post that “Well, it seems like many of you like it, and now we want more testers. Starting today, we’re rolling out pre-registration of a public beta version of Opera Max to Android users in the United States and Western Europe. Eastern Europe will not be able to beta test Opera Max, for now. But we’re working to include this region soon.”
Once you download the app on your Android device you won’t automatically gain access to it since you will still be placed in a waiting list. You will be notified when you will be able to use the app. The company says that it is able to reduce by as much as 50 percent the mobile data usage.
Since all traffic will be routed to Opera’s servers those who have trust issues may want to stick to a Wi-Fi connection when connecting to the Internet. However if you constantly exceed your data cap set by your carrier then Opera Max may just be the app that you need.
Opera Max is currently at version 0.8.518 and has a download size of 1.5MB. It requires a device to be running on at least Android 4.0