Opera announced Opera Max app back in December last year, the Opera Max app compresses data on your android device to save precious bandwidth. Opera opened a small closed beta test last December for US residents and as per Opera blog users are loving that app, so it is extending it to more users in US and Western Europe. If you are in Eastern Europe or in other regions of the world you have to wait for now for your turn.
Opera Max will compress any images, photos and videos while browsing on your device for saving the bandwidth, this is quite useful if you are on a limited data plan. Opera does this by tunnling the traffic trhough Opera servers, so the data always flows from Opera servers. If you are worried about your privacy you can stay away, otherwise it is a good tool. But we don’t know exactly how much benefit we will have by using this app, but it all depends on your usage and browsing.
This only works for the data that is un-encrypted, encrypted data will not be compressed, for example Facebook uses encryption completly and you won’t be able to save anything. Opera Max forms a VPN connection around the device so app data is also compressed when using the app. This is not new for Opera, it used data compression before in opera Turbo.
If you are in US or Western Europe you can download the Opera Max app to enter the beta queue.