Opera makes web browsers for desktop and mobile devices… and one of the nifty features the company has been offering for a few years is a data compression tool that lets you cut your mobile data usage in half when using one of Opera’s mobile browsers.
Earlier this year the company launched Opera Max, which is an Android app that lets you compress data from all of your apps, not just the browser. Data is routed through an Opera web server and compressed before it’s sent to your device so you can use less bandwidth for YouTube, Facebook, Chrome, or other apps.
Now Opera has announced a partnership with chip maker MediaTek to include Opera Max technology on two of MediaTek’s newest processors.
That means Opera Max is pre-certified to work with the new MediaTek MT6752 octa-core and MT6732 quad-core processors based on ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit designs.
Opera says since you use less bandwidth with Opera Max you can get more out of your wireless data plan without hitting your data caps. The company says it can reduce your data consumption by up to 50 percent… but not all data can be compressed. If you’re using apps that send encrypted messages, for instance, those won’t be sent through Opera’s servers (which is a good thing).