Samsung Max App With Data Saving and Privacy Protection Features Released

Isaac Cain
February 25, 2018

Samsung Max is effectively the same as Opera Max, though the Korean technology giant said that it will "improve" the data-saving and privacy-protection modes, and it has also given the interface and UX a bit of a spit shine.

The app will be preloaded on all the new smartphones of Galaxy A and Galaxy J series in the countries India, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, South Africa, Nigeria, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand. For those who are already using the Opera Max app, they will receive an automatic update today that will replace it with Samsung Max.

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. This includes a Data Saving Mode that compresses images, videos, music files, and webpages. Similarly, it lets you manage data permissions for specific apps and customise data consumption for existing apps to save your data for other useful tasks. There is also the ability to block background data usage. However, these features aren't only restricted to Wi-Fi networks, but are available on mobile networks as well. "With Samsung Max, our users in every corner of the globe now have increased autonomy and control over their data usage and privacy in an era of rising security threats, fraudulent apps, and user profiling".

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It's unclear how much Samsung paid for the service, if anything at all, but you'd imagine it wasn't a lot since it was destined for closure.

As the name suggests, Data Saving Mode is all about helping you use less data and potentially save money with your wireless carrier bill. Tracker blocking and DNS masking features make accessing the web a safer experience. The latter can be enabled by switching to the premium mode. Everyone else (with a compatible Samsung device) will be able to download the Samsung Max app from Google Play or the Galaxy Apps store.

"At Samsung, we've been committed to creating inclusive data saving and privacy protection services for all our devices", Seounghoon Oh, Vice President Samsung R&D Institute India said.

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