Opera for Android users will be delighted to hear that the company has integrated its free VPN service with its Android browser. Prior to its change of ownership, the company had launched an Opera VPN service which was a standalone app for iOS and Android. It later integrated the service into the desktop browser.
However, Opera VPN was discontinued last year. It’s back now and lives within the Android browser. Opera started testing the VPN service in the beta build of its Android app last month. The latest public release, Opera 51, will now enable users to establish a VPN connection from within the browser itself.
Users will be able to pick from a variety of different server locations and unlike many other VPN services, users won’t be required to open an account in order to use this service. Opera’s VP of product marketing Jan Standal told VentureBeat that the free VPN does not mean that the app will store a log “activity of data,” and that the company will not attempt to monetize any aspect of its free VPN feature.
“The service is provided fully free of charge as a unique feature to improve the privacy and security. Opera monetizes from other unrelated mechanisms, and unlike other VPN services, Opera doesn’t depend on monetizing the browser VPN service,” he said.