The special mobile application by Opera focused on data saving, Opera Max will now also support data saving while accessing music streaming websites — a feature clearly aimed at its more popular markets like India, where data connectivity continues to be an issue.
Initially, there are five websites namely YouTube Music, Pandora, Slacker Radio, Gaana and Saavn, which will support this feature. These websites, according to Opera, have met their quality-assurance test and in future, they will bring support to other websites as well.
More and more people love listening to their favorite music with apps; however, these apps are among the major data hogs consuming users’ mobile data quickly. We have added audio compression for these music apps so that people will feel free to stream music without having to look constantly for available, free WiFi coverage. This is particularly helpful for users with limited data plans.
Opera product manager Sergey Lossev wrote in today’s announcement.
Opera’s apps have traditionally been known for their data compression abilities, enabling people to save their mobile data while browsing the web. Opera Max is a mobile app exclusively made for this special purpose and it claims to save 50% of the mobile data while accessing high-quality websites.
In the beginning, it had started with support for high-quality image-intensive websites such as Instagram and Facebook and later it added support for video-streaming on video apps, such as YouTube, Netflix, and IMDB. The app also tracks the amount of data used through Wi-Fi or mobile data, allowing the users to control their usage accordingly.
For compressing music streams, Opera uses the data optimization service called Rocket Optimizer which Opera acquired when it bought Skyfire in 2013. It supports MP3 and MP4 streams and can convert them to the more efficient AAC+ codec.
Opera also announced recently that Opera Max would now come pre-installed in the devices from at least 14 OEMs. These include phones from Acer, Cherry Mobile, Evercoss, Fly, Hisense, Mobiistar, Micromax, Oppo, Prestigio, Samsung, Symphony, TWZ, Tecno, and Xiaomi. It further expects to be present on over 100 million Android phones by 2017.