Opera Max has been abruptly killed off by the company under the new leadership of a consortium of Chinese firms.
Max was a free VPN app that functioned to compress data before reaching a device to decrease data usage. The app was launched in 2014.
In a blog post, Opera confirmed that it would continue Opera Max due to having a “substantially different value proposition than our browser products, and [representing] a different focus for Opera.”
Opera says it now wants to focus on its current browsers.
The company did not provide further information as to the shut-down of the app. However, its 500,000 existing users will be slowly weaned off, with Opera Max offering a shut-down period.
For some users, the loss of the app represents a real challenge, as mobile data plans can be expensive and Max offered a way to compress and monitor that data usage.
In addition, it is not clear if Opera VPN will also be on the chopping block given that it offers a somewhat similar service.
Opera Max has now been officially delisted from the Google Play store. Users who have already downloaded the app can continue to use it for some time.
August 16, 2017