Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi announced that its new mobile OS – MIUI 7 – will include the Data Saver feature that it has developed in collaboration with Opera Software.

Opera’s compression technology – Opera Max — has been powering Xiaomi’s Data Saver in China for more than a year and now it is bringing the feature to all its devices worldwide.

Xiaomi claims the feature can reduce data usage across all apps by as much as 50 per cent. Data Saver will be rolling out in September in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and India.

Xiaomi Global VP Hugo Barra said the Data Saver will allow Xiaomi users to stretch their mobile data plans in MIUI 7 and keep their internet costs under control.

The announcement was made at the MIUI 7 global launch event yesterday in New Delhi. The beta version will be available on Monday for Mi devices.