The makers of the Opera web browser have been offering optional data compression for almost a decade. Enable compression and Opera will use remote servers to shrink the file size of images and other online content before sending it to your browser in order to cut down on your bandwidth usage.
Now Opera is getting ready to launch an app that doesn’t just reduce data usage in your web browser. It’ll compress mobile data used by nearly all of your Android apps.
Right now Opera is taking pre-registrations for the service. When you download and install the app on your phone or tablet it’ll tell you where you are on the waiting list.
Once you gain access to the service though, Opera says it can reduce up to 50 percent of your mobile data usage by compressing video, images, and text for most non-encrypted Android apps.
That means you’ll have to route your data through Opera’s servers — so if you have trust issues you might want to just try to keep your data usage down the old fashioned way: by using your phone over WiFi whenever possible.
But if you find yourself regularly bumping up against your phone company’s data caps, Opera Max could be a tool to keep an eye on. Once it comes out of beta, Opera will probably start charging a monthly fee for use. But it’ll likely be cheaper than upgrading your mobile data plan.
via Android Police