Opera gives away unlimited VPN service for Android users

Transform Technology Summits are October 13th. Register now!

Opera now offers a free VPN service through its Android browser. Concerns over hidden costs for VPN offerings were addressed by Operaa, a Norwegian company that became public last year .

Many are researching VPN services, as users have become increasingly cautious about privacy. The GlobalWebIndex estimate indicates that there are more than 650,000,000 people who use VPNs to disguise their online identities and protect them from being tracked by web crawlers. Opera understands the need for this service since it was founded in 1996. Opera VPN , an iOS/Android standalone VPN application was launched by Opera in 2016. It embedded this feature in its desktop browser just a few weeks later. But, last year, the company stopped offering OperaVPN.

Opera has now integrated the VPN service to its Android browser. Opera 51 Android, which tested the VPN free service last month, allows users to establish private connections between their Android phone and a remote VPN server with 256 bit encryption. The user can select the location of their choice. Opera is not required to sign up for an account like other VPN applications.

Market share

Opera can regain some lost users by offering a free VPN service, which is not provided in all other popular mobile browsers. StatCounter’s web analytics tool, Chrome led browsing at 56.74% mobile usage. This includes both Android and iOS. Apple Safari came second at 21.29%, closely followed by UC Browser (7.58%) and Samsung Internet (7.14%)

Opera, with a 3.53 per cent browsing traffic share, has become more aggressive in its feature offering over recent quarters. Opera introduced last year a browser based Ethereum wallet as well as an optional night mode theme. The November update to ‘s Android browser included, which disallows in-page Cookies.

A free VPN service can, on the other hand, cause fear in some users. Recent years have seen cases of VPN providers selling data on their customers. A latest study also found that the vast majority free VPN services were either owned or connected to Chinese entities.

VentureBeat’s Jan Standal told VentureBeat the OperaVP of product Marketing that Opera does not record “activity of data” nor do they attempt to monetize this feature. As a special feature, the service is completely free. It helps to protect privacy and secure your data. Opera does not depend on any other monetizing mechanisms.

The company boasts 320 million users for all of its services. Standal declined comment to confirm whether Opera will receive its VPN service.

VentureBeat

VentureBeat’s purpose is to serve as a digital hub for tech-savvy decision-makers looking to learn more about the latest technologies and to transact. You will find essential information and guidance on how to lead organizations through our site. Our community invites you to sign up to gain access to the following:

  • You can find the latest information concerning your topics of interest here

  • Get our newsletter



  • Our prized events include Transform 2020: Find More

  • Features for networking and other features


Be a member

VentureBeat’s purpose is to serve as a digital hub for tech-savvy decision-makers looking to learn more about the latest technologies and to transact. You will find essential information and guidance on how to lead organizations through our site. Our community invites you to sign up to gain access to the following: