Opera is a software company that is well known for its innovative Opera Browser that makes use of data compression technology to reduce the size of files downloaded on your browser. When you browse a website, you are actually downloading the pages, feature-rich websites can quickly eat up your data plan especially if you have limited megabytes.
How to Save Data with Opera Browser
If you are on a desktop browser, you can activate Opera Turbo to reduce the size of files downloaded on your device. Select the option on the drop-down menu of the top left tab.
If you are using a mobile phone, you should have Opera Mini installed on your phone, and make sure you change the image quality to “Low” under the settings. This will allow you to save data. If you choose a high image quality, you will waste a lot of data, the difference is noticeable.
Smartphones use a lot more data than standard GSM cellphones.If you have an Android mobile phone, you can minimize data usage by lowering the image quality on your Opera Mobile browser. Go to your browser, click menu on the bottom left side of your screen >> Tools >> Settings, and select a Low resolution for your images.
The data saving methods above only work for browser-based activity, they will not work on applications that you have installed on your phone. Many people are surprised how they have used so much data on their phones despite using a few applications. If you want to use an application like Facebook on your phone without consuming a lot of data, then you should log into Facebook straight from your Opera Mini browser to benefit from data compression technology. Applications like Facebook can consume a lot of data within an instant if you are not aware. It all depends on the richness of the content, is it high quality, low quality or average. New technologies like webp,a web format which strives to maximize compression while enhancing or maintaining picture quality are being adopted by entities such as Google,Facebook and many other websites. At the present moment, only Google Chrome and Opera support webp.
Opera Max for Android
The best way to save data on your Android phone is to install the Opera Max app. Compared to Facebook, Whatsapp doesn’t consume a lot of data. However, most applications (e.g. games) can consume a lot of data and leave you wondering how you used that amount of data in a short period of time. Opera Max is an application by Opera that controls the amount of data used by your apps and mobile browser. It can reduce the size of content downloaded on your phone (e.g. videos, app content , browser content and images) by more than 50%.The developers claim the app can compress a 10mb video by as much as 70%.If you are annoyed by buffering and slow web-surfing issues, Opera Max can speed up mobile video playback and improve your surfing speed.
Some of the features of Opera Max are listed below:
–See the amount of data used by each app
–See the amount of data used and saved on a daily basis
–See the amount of data used and saved every month
–Block apps which consume a lot of data
Opera Max will allow you to see apps that are using data although you aren’t using them. Just by checking the usage statistics, you will be able to take action on apps that are running on your mobile.
This data saving android app is currently available in 16 countries, and it will be rolled out to other countries in due course.
This tests pits Opera Turbo (version 12.16) against Firefox Mozilla (version 20.0.1).There is a lot being said about Opera Turbo’s unique optimization for slow internet, so to find out if Opera Turbo does what it does, it had to be tested against the best web browser you can find on planet earth – and this is none other than Firefox Mozilla.
Time and again, Firefox proves to be the best browser for many purposes. It is developed and managed by passionate folks who are continuously updating and making significant improvements to the best browser in the world. Firefox Mozilla has not only taken a lead in innovative web browser development, but it has also gained the trust of millions of users around the world, being named the Most Trusted company when it comes to respecting user privacy. People trust Mozilla more than Facebook and yes the almighty Google.
Back to Firefox vs. Opera Turbo. Which one is faster on extremely slow internet? So as they say “The proof of the pudding is in the eating”. If Opera Turbo is really fast, then it should be tested.
After downloading and installing Opera Turbo [See this Post], there were high expectations for this for this web browser to perform, considering its most touted proxy server data compression technology. Impressive as the technology seems to be, it is only the user who can make the final verdict on performance. So here is how the test was done:
Starting with Opera Turbo, a Google search was done for the keyword “Google”. Among the results, we had to open a result from Wikipedia. Opera Turbo took forever to open the Wikipedia site. Even after an hour, the browser couldn’t open the Wikipedia site.
Immediately after opening Opera Turbo, a simultaneous test was done on Firefox Mozilla. Clicking the search result opened the Wikipedia site in less than 3 minutes.
Results: Hands down, Firefox was the winner!
The test was done on extremely slow internet which would make the impatient bang down on their computer.
When it comes to speed browsing, Opera has made significant improvements in an attempt to beat Firefox Mozilla. Without a doubt, FirefoxMozilla is the best overall web browser that you can find on planet earth, and to find out if Opera Turbo is up to scratch, you have to test the two browsers on slow internet. The laudable thing about Opera is that it is one of the most innovative browsers after Firefox Mozilla. It has managed to come up with a unique innovative technology that allows for faster browsing on slow internet. If you have been struggling to log into Gmail faster or browse any website with lightning speed, then one of the things you should do is try Opera Turbo. It is recommended to have multiple browsers on your computer for testing purposes, but you will always use the default browser on your computer subconsciously most of the time.
What makes Opera unique is that it has one of a kind technology which originated from the experimental Opera Mini browser for mobile devices. Users of mobile devices know that websites load faster on this platform than on a computer with extremely slow internet. This experiment led to the development of Opera Turbo, a speed browser for Windows and Mac OS computer systems.
When you install Opera Turbo on your computer, you are supposed to notice a huge increase in website loading speed when you are connected to slow internet. A small increase in website loading speed should be noticed on faster internet but there will be a significant reduction in consumed bandwidth. Bandwidth is the flow of traffic caused by visitors to the site in a specific period of time.
The Opera Turbo browser works by compressing the traffic (data), sending it to Opera Turbo servers for further compressing. After compressing the data, the servers will unpack the data and send it to the user. This operation significantly reduces the loading time of any website that is accessed via the Opera Turbo browser. It has been reported that the servers can compress the data by as much as 80% of the original size but users will still be able to see the original layout of the website, meaning that there will be no loss of information except reductions in image resolution.
Opera Turbo will not re-route and compress secure WebPages that make use of an SSL certificate, instead these pages will be accessed directly. Examples of such WebPages include payment processors, bank account logins or any encrypted webpage.
After reading this post, you should have an idea about the benefits of using Opera Turbo. The advantages of Opera Turbo are as follows:
– Faster web browsing
– Reduced system bandwidth
– Reduced internet costs for internet plans that charge per megabyte.
– Ability to browse many WebPages with limited megabytes.
– Save you from stress caused by slow internet.
– Log into Gmail and other Email much faster
Which Version to Download?
The latest version of Opera should come integrated with Opera Turbo, if not, then you should download the Opera portable edition 12.16 for Windows. This is a 13MB web browser with many nice features including the almighty Opera Turbo. Opera Turbo is completely free, here is the download link:
How to Activate Opera Turbo on Opera Portable Edition 12.16
To use Opera Turbo, download and install the portable version of the Opera browser. Double click the executable file and run the program. Follow the instructions and in less than 3 minutes, you will have access to the Opera Browser.
Open the browser, and click the small icon at the bottom left hand corner of the browser. This is the third icon from the left, and it will indicate that Opera Turbo is disabled. Click the icon and check “Enable Opera Turbo”. This will redirect your web browser into Opera Turbo mode. Enjoy the speed surfing.