A new entrant is emerging in the Navigator Wars, but from a familiar source. The makers of the privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo have revealed they are working on a desktop browser.
This is not a completely new area for the company, as DuckDuckGo has a browser for Android.
Speaking of which, the search engine claims that its app is the most downloaded navigation app on Android in its major markets, and the 2nd on iOS. With over 100 million searches per day, DuckDuckGo has a large user base.
What features will DuckDuckGo desktop browser offer users?
It won’t rely on complicated settings that users will have to configure to protect their privacy. The announcement on the official website says that the browser will offer robust privacy protection, which works immediately, to protect users when they search, browse, send emails, etc.
Earlier this year, DuckDuckGo introduced Email Protection, a free email forwarding service that you can use in place of your regular email while still getting emails to your inbox without trackers, which sounds better than Firefox Relay. Last month, the company unveiled its app tracking protection for Android. The feature blocks third-party trackers that are in other apps. Since the announcement article states that the desktop browser will deliver a similar experience to its mobile counterpart, we can expect these options to be included in the desktop browser, as well as the dashboard of privacy, the Fireproof Site option (automatically clears cookies), Global Privacy Protection, etc.
The first screenshot shown here shows a Fire button, just like the mobile app, which provides a one-click solution to clear browsing data and history. The toolbar looks minimalist with only the navigation buttons, while the address bar displays a shield icon, optionally for accessing the privacy dashboard. The image is probably just a placeholder, the actual product might look different so I wouldn’t judge it until I’ve tested it firsthand.
What engine does DuckDuckGo desktop browser use?
The announcement on the brand’s website states that it is not about forking off Chromium or the like (Gecko from Firefox), but will instead rely on the API for the renderers provided by the system. operation. It’s pretty enigmatic, isn’t it? Allison Johnson, senior director of communications at DuckDuckGo, made a statement to The Verge. The message reads: “Both macOS and Windows now offer website rendering APIs (WebView / WebView2) that any application can use to display a website.” This is what we used to create our desktop app. “
Thus, the DuckDuckGo browser will be based on the WebView2 engine, which is used in Microsoft Edge. Likewise, it will use Safari’s Webkit rendering engine on Apple’s macOS. How is it different from a fork?
DuckDuckGo’s browser is designed from the ground up, to eliminate the clutter of the application provided by the operating system. It also means that everything else in the browser like tabs, bookmark management, navigation controls, passwords is being rebuilt.
Where can I download DuckDuckGo browser for computers?
There is no ETA for the app, the browser is currently in closed beta for macOS (as shown in the screenshot), while a Windows version is still in the works. There is no word on a Linux version.
Only time will tell if DuckDuckGo’s desktop browser will be able to compete in an already saturated market dominated by Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari, Vivaldi, Opera, and Brave. Microsoft Edge’s aggressive tactics need to be tackled, so it’s nice to have another alternative that will likely convince users to switch from it to Chrome, but the same could happen with other friendly browsers. privacy like Firefox, Vivaldi, Waterfox, etc. .
I’m curious to see if DuckDuckGo desktop browser will support extensions and add-on stores. A built-in tracking blocker is good, but an option to install third-party plugins like uBlock Origin would be even better.