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.