YouTube and Netflix are huge data hogs if you take the route of streaming videos over a cellular network. Granted, not everyone would want to do such a thing, but if you're on a long commute, then you would definitely want to pass time one way or the other, and YouTube or Netflix is our first port of call. But they're data gobblers. What should a user do to hammer down that issue? Enter - Opera Max for Android.
Opera Max for Android has been around for a while now, and the sole purpose of the app is to save on data by compressing it on Opera's servers, before shooting it back right at you. But now, the app has been updated and adds support for YouTube and Netflix, allowing you to stream your favorite cat videos or movies at the minimal cost of data.
Opera Max saves you data, extending your data plan
Opera claims that you can save up to 50 percent on data if you're on cellular (2G/3G/LTE) and even on WiFi. That's a lot of savings, considering many of the plans cellular networks offer are capped at some sort of measly limit. But with Opera Max running on your device, you can rest easy on the fact that you won't tumble way across your assigned data limit every month. At least that's what Opera Max aims to do.
As YouTube and Netflix videos are going to be compressed before being presented to you, then it's an obvious fact that users will indeed see a loss in visual quality. But on the flip side of things, you will experience as less buffer as possible, so you can get right into the action without waiting too much.
Users need to be running at least Android 4.0 or above in order to take advantage of Opera Max, and if you fulfill those requirements then you're on the golden side of the fence. Furthermore, the app is only available on Android, so iOS users are left out of the game.
Opera Max is absolutely free to download, and we suggest users give it a whirl on their device straight away. Who knows it must prove to be a lifesaver in situations where you're on a bus ride and want to catch up on an episode of your favorite TV show without going overboard with data, right?
You can download Opera Max from here. If you do happen to take it for a spin for the first time, then be sure to let us know about your experience in the comments section below.