Opera has now discontinued its Opera Max app, which was launched back in 2014 and offered both data savings across applications apart from free VPN features. Separately, the company has introduced a new Gold service within its Opera VPN app for iOS that offers 'enhanced speeds' and a choice between 10 regions.
Keeping aside the Opera VPN Gold service for a while, the discontinuation of Opera Max app comes as the company says that the app had a "substantially different value proposition than our browser products" and that it represented a different area of focus for Opera as a company. With this move, the company has made it clear that it is now focused on the browsers and other services that will be coming in near future.
"As a consequence, there will be no further upgrades for Opera Max moving forward. The application has also been delisted from the Google Play store catalogue," Opera said in its blog post. While the company has clarified that the Opera Max service will remain intact for our existing users for an unspecified period of time, it also says that it will inform these users about the termination of server-side support in due time.
To recall, Opera Max received an update in May this year that brought along a new UI and data savings for Facebook. The update also brought along certain useful security improvements as well.
Coming to the Opera VPN Gold service, which has been introduced with version 2.0 of the Opera VPN app for iOS, the new offering has been presented as an all-in-one VPN solution and has been claimed to provide enhanced speeds by the company. The new service gives the option of choosing region between the US, Canada, Australia, France, Netherlands, Germany, Singapore, Spain, the UK, and Italy. The company is also offering dedicated customer support for the Opera VPN Gold service.