Hotspot Users, Rejoice! Opera Max Now Manages Data Usage on Wifi

opera-max-icon-2000[1]Launched early last year, Opera Max lets users reduce data usage over a mobile connection by compressing the data stream using Opera's proprietary tech. It was a useful tool, but it had one key limitation: the app ran on Android and only worked with a 3G/4G/etc connection.

Those of us who tie our Wifi-equipped devices to a mobile hotspot couldn't use Opera Max, but now we can.

Opera rolled out a new update today for Opera Max which adds support for managing data compression over Wifi. The app will let you manage the mobile vs Wifi connections individually, and there's also a new blocking option should you want to put a particularly thirsty app on ice for a while.

Opera Max compresses data like emails, webpages, photos, or videos downloaded to your Android device. Doing so reduces bandwidth usage by up to 50% of free data, thus, speeding a slow connection.

Speaking as someone who walks around trade shows with a hotspot in my bag and an Android tablet in my hand, this is great news. Now I'm going to be able to cut back from an unlimited plan to a pay as you go plan, reduce costs, and browse faster.

You can find the app in Google Play.



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