'Samsung Max' Mobile Data Saving App Hits The Play Store

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Samsung has revealed a new, free Android app - Samsung Max, which it says is "designed to promote mobile data savings and application privacy management".

Popular data saving app Opera Max, which was introduced way back in 2014, was discontinued past year in August. When possible, it can even actively compress images, videos, music files, and webpages in your apps and browser. These three features also offer privacy benefits on mobile networks, which enables Samsung Max to offer privacy protection on Mobile or Wi-Fi across all of your apps. 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.

Samsung Max will monitor the data an app uses to highlight those that are consuming the most bandwidth. The app also has the functionality to block background data and data access for any app.

Samsung Max is being launched as part of Samsung's "Make for India" program, but it'll come preinstalled on Galaxy A and Galaxy J devices in Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, Thailand, and Vietnam, in addition to India.

Samsung Max builds upon popular features from Samsung's "Make for India" initiative, created to provide locally relevant and beneficial software and hardware.

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While Samsung hasn't mentioned third-party devices, the app is confirmed to be working on a HomTom HT50 with no problems. If you were hoping to use the app on non-Galaxy handset, you're in for some bad news.

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. " said Seounghoon Oh, Vice President, Samsung R&D Institute India.

It seems that Samsung has taken upon itself to bring the app from the dead.

While Opera Max included a fully-fledged VPN tool, Samsung Max downgrades this to a DNS-masking service. However, even if you have a good chunk of data a month to play with, the app can still be downloaded via Google Play or Galaxy App Stores to provide some control over the amount of cellular data your device sends. But, it's worth noting that Samsung Max is available only for Samsung smartphones.

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