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Supercharge your mobile browsing experience with Opera Max

By Marcus Wong - on 19 Aug 2015, 12:01pm

Supercharge your mobile browsing experience with Opera Max

If you’re always watching your data consumption to avoid hefty excess data charges, Opera Max might be the app for you.

Opera Max has an easy to use interface.

Opera calls it a data management and data savings app, and what it does is to reroute non-secure data from all your apps through the Opera Max servers, optimally compressing the data in the process. The data-management and data-savings app saves up to 50% data over 3G/4G/LTE and Wi-Fi usage without any noticeable loss in quality, so you can watch more of your favorite YouTube or YouKu videos.

Opera Max also helps you take full control of data consumption from your apps by simply tapping on the Mobile tab. Here, you can choose which apps can access mobile data, preventing them from consuming data without your knowledge. For example, background updates that began on a Wi-Fi connection but shifted to mobile data when you moved out of Wi-Fi range.

You’ll get a count of how much Wi-Fi and mobile data you consume on a monthly or daily basis, and it also gives you a count of how much data each app uses, so you’ll know which apps are the data hogs to take note of. Opera Max gives you the ability to track and block data on both Wi-Fi and mobile data, so it does essentially give you full control over all the data consumed on your phone.

See how much data each app is using at one glance.

Why do you need compression for data over Wi-Fi? To speed up the browsing experience. Even though Wi-Fi usage doesn’t contribute to data charges, congested networks make for extremely slow browsing, so having to load less data will bring the web to you faster.

There are some caveats to Opera Max though. First, Opera Max doesn’t touch any data that goes through secure connections (anything that goes over a https connection). That’s for privacy concerns and is a good thing. However, some apps like Facebook and Twitter use a secured connection for their services by default so Opera Max won’t be able to compress their data. Also, Opera Max can’t compress binary data so app installations or updates will still take their normal toll.

You can also easily control which app has access to mobile data.

All battery usage for transmitting and receiving will be assigned to Opera Max, but Opera says that’s it’s really the apps that are using the battery, so is nothing to be concerned about. In fact, the company’s own tests show that you should actually reduce battery usage by about 5% with Opera Max enabled as CPU processes use a lot less power than data consumption processes, so high-traffic savings.

There is currently no support for IPv6, so you’ll have to switch your access settings to see the data savings. But the other thing you will want to note is that despite being a free app, Opera Max will send you a request to renew a “Savings Pass” every seven days to continue the service. Opera say that this may in future entail having to watch an ad to renew your pass and that the proceeds go towards funding Opera Max.

Opera Max is currently only supported in about 45 countries (Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Japan and Sri Lanka are some of the Asian countries already supported), but the company says they are moving fast to set up new servers all over the world. In the meantime, you can check this list to see if your country is already supported.