Web browser maker Opera launched a mobile app called Opera Max last year, promising to help you get more out of your monthly data plan by reducing the amount of data used by apps, websites, and other online content.
In order to do that, Opera Max routes data through a remote server where images, text, and other data can be compressed before they’re sent to your phone. But there were some apps and services that weren’t supported, because they relied on secure connections.
Now Opera says Opera Max can handle HTTPS connections… and that means Opera Max can compress videos from YouTube and Netflix.
There are a few advantages to compressing videos this way. First, if you’ve got a slow connection, you might notice less buffering since you’re attempting to stream files with smaller sizes. Second, if you’ve got a monthly data cap, you should be able to watch more videos per month by using compression.
While Opera Max is starting with YouTube and Netflix, the company says it plans to add additional video services that rely on HTTPS for secure connections in the future.
Opera Max is available as a free download from the Google Play Store.