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Opera Max adds WiFi data compression and app blocking
Opera is well known for its eponymous browsers, but the Norwegian company also offers a useful data compression service called Opera Max, which just received a big update.
Opera Max combines the functionality of a virtual private network with data compression. Put simply, the service routes your Internet traffic through Opera’s servers, and serves you a compressed version, resulting in smaller data bills and faster loading times.
The latest version of Opera Max (1.0.225) includes WiFi data compression. Previously, Opera Max only worked over cellular connections, but there are times when you can benefit from data connection even if you’re using WiFi – for instance, in a crowded airport or on a stadium. Switching compression on in these cases should give you a faster browsing experience.
Opera Max works with browsers, but also with any app that receives data over an unencrypted connection. The new version adds an app management component, allowing you to see which apps eat up a lot of data or battery.
The update also brings some changes to the UI, which is now more user-friendly, according to the app’s Play Store changelog.
It’s worth noting again that Opera Max does not work with apps that use encrypted connections. So, if most of your data is spent on, say, Facebook, you won’t see a big benefit from using the service. With that said, any saving is welcome when you’re on a tight data allowance, so go check out Opera Max in the Play Store.