Alongside offering data savings and data compression features, Samsung Max provides regular reports to let you see which of your favourite apps are consuming the most of your data limit. But in 2014, it launched the standalone Opera Max browser for Android, created to get its users more bang from their data plan, along with some VPN-like features. So if you've been happily using Opera Max on a non-Samsung device for the past six months, the next update that rolls out will render the app useless for you.
Samsung has introduced a brand new free app for Android called Samsung Max that is aimed at providing enhanced privacy features and reducing mobile data usage. The app also has the functionality to block background data and data access for any app.
While Samsung hasn't mentioned third-party devices, the app is confirmed to be working on a HomTom HT50 with no problems. It compresses webpages, photos, videos, and media within apps and browser to drop data consumption. Likewise, there are features such as tracker blocking and DNS masking to offer a secured Web browsing experience. The Samsung Max app also comes with some other security features.
Opera Max will make the switch to Samsung Max today, and while Samsung plans to pre-load it on phones like the Galaxy A and Galaxy J in emerging markets, everyone using a different Samsung device will be able to download it from the Google Play Store [download] or the Galaxy App Store. Fear not the app works on non-Samsung devices as well. The new browser will unsurprisingly be named Samsung Max, letting you know that while the company maintaining it may have changed, the mission of this browser is staying the same.
"All over the world, data has become a commodity, but many plans are simply still too expensive for consumers that want to get the most out of the latest technology built into their devices", noted Seounghoon Oh, vice president for the Samsung R&D Institute in India.