DuckDuckGo working on a standalone web browser for Mac & Windows

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in General Discussion edited December 2021
DuckDuckGo is working on a standalone desktop browser with "robust privacy protection" that will be available for the Mac and PC platforms.

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The company, which makes a privacy-respective search engine and mobile browser, announced the desktop addition in a blog post Tuesday. DuckDuckGo said the browser will be faster, cleaner, and more private than Google Chrome.

According to DuckDuckGo, the browser will "redefine user expectations of everyday online privacy." It will ditch individual privacy settings in favor of an approach that enables privacy protections by default across search, email, and general browsing.

"It's not a 'privacy browser'; it's an everyday browsing app that respects your privacy because there's never a bad time to stop companies from spying on your search and browsing history," the company wrote.

Instead of being based on Chromium or another third-party codebase, the privacy company says it is building the desktop version of its browser on an OS-provided rendering engine. That's how its iOS browser was made, for example.

The DuckDuckGo blog post also details some of the privacy changes the company made in 2021, including the beta release of an email protection app, improvements to its DuckDuckGo search engine, and the addition of a "burn" button for its mobile browser.

It's not clear when the desktop DuckDuckGo browser will launch.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 15
    mike1mike1 Posts: 2,947member

    The company, which makes a privacy-respective search engine and mobile browser, announced the desktop addition in a blog post Tuesday. DuckDuckGo said the browser will be faster, cleaner, and more private than Google Chrome.

    Looking forward to trying this, but is that really the benchmark?
    entropyswatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 15
    Will the new browser have a similar feature as the Private Relay feature in iCloud+ with Safari? Apple's Private Relay requires a subscription. Will D.D.Go's be free?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 15
    rob53rob53 Posts: 2,905member
    mike1 said:

    The company, which makes a privacy-respective search engine and mobile browser, announced the desktop addition in a blog post Tuesday. DuckDuckGo said the browser will be faster, cleaner, and more private than Google Chrome.

    Looking forward to trying this, but is that really the benchmark?
    Will the new browser have a similar feature as the Private Relay feature in iCloud+ with Safari? Apple's Private Relay requires a subscription. Will D.D.Go's be free?
    You can try it out on any iOS device already. You can already get DDG Privacy Essentials for macOS Safari although it doesn't work the same as the standalone DDG iOS browser. Safari's private browsing mode is similar but iOS DDG has a burn button that gives you a little bit of trust that everything is being deleted. As for Chrome being private, that's not a very high bar especially since every Google site you go to logs you anyway.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 15
    crowleycrowley Posts: 9,983member
    Why oh why do they continue with the terrible branding?  
  • Reply 5 of 15
    It seems like any browser could be better at privacy than Chrome.
    mike54mike1watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 15
    crowley said:
    Why oh why do they continue with the terrible branding?  
    Because they can. It's kinda like anti-branding, ugly, in your face (well more like Google's!)
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 15
    fred1fred1 Posts: 934member
    I use it all the time. It’s too bad I often have to resort to using Google because DDG doesn’t give decent results. 
  • Reply 8 of 15
    flydogflydog Posts: 1,090member
    mike1 said:

    The company, which makes a privacy-respective search engine and mobile browser, announced the desktop addition in a blog post Tuesday. DuckDuckGo said the browser will be faster, cleaner, and more private than Google Chrome.

    Looking forward to trying this, but is that really the benchmark?
    Chrome is light years ahead of the shit show that Safari has turned into it.  If it wasn't for its tight integration with iCloud I doubt anyone would use Safari. 
    williamlondon
  • Reply 9 of 15
    flydogflydog Posts: 1,090member
    mike54 said:
    As long as they don't go with Google Chrome/Chromium to base it off, then I'm all in. Currently on Firefox with DDG as default search.
    The article literally states, "Instead of being based on Chromium...."


    williamlondon
  • Reply 10 of 15
    crowleycrowley Posts: 9,983member

    Instead of being based on Chromium or another third-party codebase, the privacy company says it is building the desktop version of its browser on an OS-provided rendering engine. That's how its iOS browser was made, for example.
    So it'll use WebKit on Mac and iOS, Blink on Windows, ChromeOS and Android, and god knows what on [insert distro here] Linux?

    I wonder if that compromises the privacy promises in any way, that they don't control the whole product, like Firefox.
    edited December 2021
  • Reply 11 of 15
    sdw2001sdw2001 Posts: 17,846member
    I bailed on Google about a year ago for browsing.  I'm satisfied with Duck Duck Go overall.  Looking forward to this....
    williamlondonStrangeDayscat52watto_cobra
  • Reply 12 of 15
    chadbagchadbag Posts: 1,644member
    flydog said:
    Chrome is light years ahead of the shit show that Safari has turned into it.  If it wasn't for its tight integration with iCloud I doubt anyone would use Safari. 
    I use safari for almost everything and it works just fine and I am not using it due to iCloud integrations.  It works far batter than Chrome from a performance and resource perspective 
    williamlondoncat52watto_cobra
  • Reply 13 of 15
    crowley said:
    Why oh why do they continue with the terrible branding?  
    How do you mean? The name? Is it really worse than Flickr, Tumblr, even Zoom?
    williamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 14 of 15
    crowleycrowley Posts: 9,983member
    crowley said:
    Why oh why do they continue with the terrible branding?  
    How do you mean? The name? Is it really worse than Flickr, Tumblr, even Zoom?
    Yes.  I'd wager the most common reaction from someone who hears the name DuckDuckGo for the first time is "Really?"

    It's a silly name. 
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