Update: While the app is no longer behind the Play Store beta wall, Opera is apparently waiting before they throw the switch. The Opera blog post said access to the general public was first come, first serve, but there's a waiting list in the app right now. Opera is allowing everyone access, but it's happening slowly, probably to manage server load.

Unlimited data is becoming a rarity these days, so you might need to watch your usage more closely. Opera Max is a tool that could help you stay under that cap. This app routes all your non-encrypted data through Opera's servers to compress it by up to 50%. Opera Max used to be available only through the Play Store beta program, but now it's wide open.

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Opera Max has a slick interface with a timeline showing you which apps saved you data and how much was saved. You can also disable compression as needed. Video and images will make up the bulk of your savings, and the difference in quality isn't too bad. Video gets a bit pixelated, but that's the price you pay.

The app was free in the opt-in beta period, but now that it has opened up the subscription is probably going to take effect soon. You can either view ads to "charge up" Opera Max or just pay $1 per month for unlimited usage. Enjoy the free period while it lasts.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • http://revanmj.pl/ Michał Jakubowski

    I don't see any sentence indicating that Opera Max is leaving beta in the official post. They just say, that testers group is being expanded to more users in the US and new ones from Western Europe. But app is still in beta.

    Official post: http://blogs.opera.com/news/2014/02/get-line-opera-max-beta-soon-available-us-europe/

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I had asked to clarify this too - it graduated from opt-in beta, meaning it's now available in the Play Store freely.

  • http://nikolaovcharski.com/ Nikola Ovcharski

    Let's try it..

  • ih8legal

    I still can't figure out why they choose not to support tablets.

  • Eli Shirk

    did they give an option to remove the the persistent notification yet? I uninstalled the beta because that annoys me far too much, and I never go over my data limit anyway.

    • Ishaan Rajiv

      I haven't used the app, but I'm assuming it uses VPN. If so, then it will probably generate two notifications - one by the app (which can be disabled in settings) and one by the android system, which cannot be disabled.

    • mobirati

      Eli, there is now an option to disable the app level persistent notification. It still requires to have the system level VPN notification. But a step in the right direction :)

  • Ulisse

    Apparently I have 708 people in front of me and 162 behind, whatever that means

    • ProductFRED

      Sounds like a waiting list.

      • Ulisse

        Yep, I figured that out

        • MikeJwF

          Do we have to wait till these people uninstall it or something? This doesn't make much sense.

        • MikeJwF

          My bad originally replied to the wrong comment, then somehow ended up deleting both.

      • Guest

        Do we have to wait till these people uninstall it or something? This doesn't make any sense.

        • mobirati

          No the line hasn't started moving yet. This is a version giving you ability to reserve spot in line a few days before the beta is truly opened up in USA and EU.

        • ProductFRED

          No. They do this before the beta is released to gauge demand and prepare their servers accordingly.

  • mobirati

    Opera Max is still in the Beta period. It is now in "open beta" vs the previously "limited or closed beta" . It is currently still free. There is no need to watch ads or pay yet (although this may change in the future). Todays release is a "pre registration" version, that reserves you a place in line to help you make sure and get into the open beta where space is still limited. Install the build from Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.opera.max . So you can get in early :)

  • MikeJwF

    I have Sprint, so I don't have to worry about a data cap (yet). But would this app be useful for when I only have pathetic 3G?

  • taxi333

    The NSA is going to provide the same service in a few months... FOR FREE!!! (8

    • Mkvarner

      I just wish they could give me access to my backup :(

  • danishdhanshe

    Why are all good apps not available in my country! :(

  • http://www.deadware.org/blog Riccardo B. Desantis

    How does it compare with Onavo Extend ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.onavo.android.onavoics )? Aren't you using both, according to your notification bar?

  • Alphajoe

    "Sorry, Max is not available in your country yet."

    Sent from Shanghai, China. Let's see how things work back in Germany.

  • http://nspeaks.com Navjot Singh

    You forgot to mention that its still limited to users from US and Western Europe. And here I was hoping to try it out. LOL.