Opera’s data-saving Max app will be embedded into two new MediaTek chipsets

Gigaom

Now this is clever – the Taiwanese chipset manufacturer MediaTek, which tends to focus on cheaper phones for emerging markets, will embed Opera Max in two of its upcoming mid-range 4G chipsets.

The Norwegian firm has long had data-compression features in its mobile browsers, to help users save money. Opera Max is an app that extends that technique to all the data flowing through the user’s handset, not just the data being used by the browser. And now it’s going to become part of the handset itself, much as the [company]Opera[/company] Mini browser (and Facebook and Twitter) did in earlier [company]MediaTek[/company] partnerships.

According to a Wednesday statement, users will be able to monitor their data usage through the embedded app’s dashboard, which will also warn them when they’re switching to roaming and encourage them to adjust their settings to avoid higher fees.

Both of the 64-bit chipsets…

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