Samsung Max app launched; comes with 'Data Saving Mode' and 'Privacy Protection'

Samsung launches data-saving and privacy-protecting Samsung Max app for Android

Today, February 23, Samsung launched its new Android app named Samsung Max for mobile data saving and privacy management. The app replaces Opera Max and anyone with this app now installed should find that it automatically updates to Samsung Max. It achieves this by compressing images and video as well as music files and web pages where possible.

As with Opera Max, there are two main areas of focus in Samsung Max: saving data and protecting privacy. You see, data plans can be expensive for some people and in other countries. Samsung has promised that it will keep updating Max's data-saving and privacy protection features, but only time will tell. The app even allows you to block background data usage. However, these features aren't only restricted to Wi-Fi networks, but are available on mobile networks as well.

Samsung stated that the app is designed taking the "popular features" from the company's "Make in India" program to offer "locally relevant and beneficial software and hardware". If you were hoping to use the app on non-Galaxy handset, you're in for some bad news. Likewise, there are features such as tracker blocking and DNS masking to offer a secured Web browsing experience.

In India, Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam, the Samsung Max app will come pre-installed on Galaxy A and Galaxy J series smartphones.

While the Samsung Max by default serves ads, you can choose whether to view ads inside the app or on the lock screen only while your device is plugged in and charging.

"At Samsung, we've been committed to creating inclusive data saving and privacy protection services for all our devices". Owners of other Samsung devices will be able to get the app from the Google Play and Galaxy App stores. "Because of this, we are now introducing Samsung Max to our mid-range devices as an exclusive and unique service that sets Samsung devices apart from the rest of the smartphone market", said Seounghoon Oh, Vice President Samsung R&D Institute India. Samsung Max offers a one-tap encryption solution to secure WiFi hotspots. Unfortunately, Opera announced that it would be shutting down Opera Max as it "had a substantially different value proposition", than its other browsers, but today it's getting a second chance at life thanks to Samsung.

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