Mobile video consumption has increased drastically and last year it constituted to 53 percent of the world’s mobile-data traffic. As people are increasingly turning to their handheld devices for video consumption, the need for faster buffering without stabbing into your data plans is important. To this effect, Opera Mini 9 was just announced with the integration of ‘video boost’ feature into its web browser on iOS devices. This feature claims to enable faster loading of videos without eating into your data plan. Video boost reduces the size of the video data, thus enabling less buffer time.
According to a survey done by the company, of all videos played in India, 73.3 percent experienced stalling across 2G, 3G and LTE networks and consumers say they experience mobile video problems ‘often’ or ‘all the time’. CEO of Opera Software, Lars Boilesen said, “Video snags are a small problem, but an annoying one — a pothole on the internet highway. And Opera fixed it.”
This feature has not been rolled out for Android devices yet. As mentioned above, video boost brings down buffering time, by reducing the size of video data. Using the Rocket Optimizer engine from Opera’s Skyfire division, video boost saves your data bills.
Opera Mini 9 app update for iOS devices is available for free in the Apple App Store from today. Video boost is available when users turn on video optimization in Opera Turbo mode. The new update also brings extra options for editing speed dial website shortcuts, a revamped data- savings gauge and support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.