Opera Max launched in February 2014, providing a free VPN service for mobile users that compressed data before it reached their devices, helping to reduce the amount of data consumed. For many users - particularly those with limited mobile data allowances - it was a very useful service, and it improved further last year with the ability to block ad-trackers.
Opera previously described Max as "the leading data management and data saving app for Android", but today, it announced that the app has been discontinued. It explained:
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.
The company added that "there will be no further upgrades for Opera Max moving forward", following the release of its last update just under a month ago. Opera has already removed Max from the Google Play Store.
However, the service behind the app isn't being killed off immediately; Opera said that it "will remain intact for our existing users for a period of time" - but there's no clear indication of how long that will be. Users will be informed "in due time" about when the service will be terminated.