Google makes Duckduckgo in Chrome the official search alternative

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The founder of Duckduckgo, Gabriel Weinberg. (Photo: Duckduckgo)

Google's privacy-based alternative to Duckduckgo was officially launched as a search option in the Chrome browser, in over 60 markets worldwide.

In Germany, Duckduckgo is behind Yahoo, Bing and Google after ranking fourth among the most used search engines. However, the alternative to Google's privacy only reaches a market share of 0.67% (starting in March 2019). Google, on the other hand, maintains almost 95 percent of search queries by German users. This could change. Google has made Duckduckgo the official search alternative in its Chrome browser.

Duckduckgo can now be selected as a favorite search engine in Chrome

The additional search engine option is available in the latest versions of the Google browser. Users select settings under the search engine of menu items simply in the drop-down menu instead of Google, Bing or Yahoo Duckduckgo. All search queries entered in the browser address bar are processed automatically. Duckduckgo promises its users to refrain from storing IP addresses, tracking and cookies.

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Duckduckgo selected as a favorite search engine in Chrome. (Screenshot: t3n.de)

According to Techcrunch, the inclusion of Duckduckgo as an alternative to the search in Chrome took place in around 60 markets worldwide, including Germany, Austria and Switzerland. So far, this option has not existed yet. In France, the French search engine Qwant, also focused on user privacy, was added to the list of search engine alternatives in the Chrome browser.

Search engines: Google doesn't always have to be

If a search engine could benefit from the PRISM revelations, then it is Duckduckgo. However, the numbers of US search engine users are increasing dramatically. This is due to the supplier's promise, no user data to accumulate. About Duckduckgo you can not only search for websites, but also search for images and videos on the Internet. (Screenshot: Duckduckgo / t3n.de)

Qwant co-founder Eric Leandri kindly thanked Techcrunch on Google, but he recommended that users prefer using the Mozilla Firefox browser or the more secure Brave browser. Leandri does not believe that Google can manage this step by adopting additional regulatory measures by the European Union. Finally, the search engine giant still requires commissions from Android manufacturers to set a search engine other than Google as the default.

Also interesting: SEO for Duckduckgo – How scores in the search engine alternative

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