Internet software company Opera has announced that it will discontinue its data-saving Max application.
The company cites a refocus on its growth as a reason for the axing of the product, and that it will stay for a period of time before it is fully discontinued from service. Here is their full statement:
Opera Max, the app that allowed users to manage and reduce data usage across their Android mobile phone applications, was initially released in 2014. Opera has now decided to discontinue Opera Max. The product had a substantially different value proposition than our browser products, and represented a different focus for Opera. We, therefore, focus on our browsers and other upcoming services.
As a consequence, there will be no further upgrades for Opera Max moving forward. The application has also been delisted from the Google Play store catalog.
The Opera Max service will remain intact for our existing users for a period of time. We will inform these users about the termination of server-side support in due time.
First launched in 2014 for Android devices, Opera Max has been used by many as a way to save bandwidth allocation by compressing data sent and received through a dedicated virtual private network, and it has been a preloaded application on several devices. You can’t download the product anymore as it had been already delisted in the Google Play store, but users can still download the APK file from mirror channels while the service is up for the time being.