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Opera exorcises its data-saving Opera Max service from the Play Store

Weirdly enough, the service can still be found on the Play Store, though your mileage will vary relative to device support.

Published onAugust 14, 2017

Three years after releasing the app with the intention of lowering your data usage, Opera announced that it will discontinue its Opera Max VPN service.

When Opera Max was first released, it served as a free service that compressed data before it got to your device. That way, you would save data whenever you opened a website or watched videos, a boon for those who had a monthly data allotment and looked to save where they could.

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According to Opera, however, Opera Max “represented a different focus” for the company, since Opera now focuses on its browsers and upcoming services. As a result, Opera Max will be discontinued and there will be no future updates for the app. Weirdly enough, you can still find Opera Max on the Play Store and install the app, though your mileage may vary when it comes to what devices you can install it on.

It’s not as if Opera did not give Opera Max any attention – the app was last updated on July 14 – but plans with larger data allotments have become more prevalent over the years. As such, there might not be as much of a need for something like Opera Max, though the app has proven to be very useful over the years, given its 10 million to 50 million downloads over the years.

Furthermore, Opera’s browsers already include data-saving features, though Opera Max worked across a swath of apps and not just Opera’s browsers. Still, Opera said it will maintain the Opera Max services for existing users for a “period of time,” but Opera will announce the termination of server-side support sometime in the near future.

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