Norwegian tech company Opera, which first became known for its desktop browser when it launched in 1995, has offered mobile browser apps across various platforms for years. But in 2014 it launched the standalone Opera Max app for Android to give its users more bang from their data plan, along with some VPN-like features. The app compresses data such as photos, music, and videos while promising “no noticeable loss of quality.” Opera Max can also block background processes to conserve battery and data.
The app was given a number of new features over the past few years, but last August the company revealed it was pulling the plug on Opera Max once and for all. The reason, according to Opera at the time:
The product had a substantially different value proposition than our browser products, and represented a different focus for Opera. We, therefore, focus on our browsers and other upcoming services.
Opera delisted the app from Google Play*, though it did state that the app would remain functional for a period of time and promised that it would inform existing users before terminating server-side functionality.
Well, it appears D-Day has come, and Samsung has stepped in to save the app. No details are available as to whether Samsung paid anything for the app, but given that Opera was going to shutter the service anyway, it’s likely Samsung paid very little — if anything — to take it over. VentureBeat has reached out to the companies and will update…