Norwegian tech company Opera, which first became known for its desktop browser when it launched in 1995, has offered mobile browser apps across various platforms for years. But in 2014, it launched the standalone Opera Max browser for Android, designed to get its users more bang from their data plan while also offering some VPN-like features. The app compresses data such as photos, music, and videos, while promising “no noticeable loss of quality.” Opera Max can also block background processes to conserve battery and data.
The app was given a number of new features over the past few years, but last August the company revealed it was pulling the plug on Opera Max once and for all. The reason, according to Opera at the time:
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.