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DuckDuckGo is Now a Default Search Engine Option on Android in the EU



DuckDuckGo will soon be offered as an option for default search engine on Android devices across the EU.

European regulators are forcing Google to present Android users with the option to choose their own default search engine. The option to choose default search providers has always been available on Android devices, but it’s something users would have to seek out on their own in the settings menu.

Google’s previous practices of setting itself as the default search provider on its own operating system was ruled illegal under EU antitrust rules. As a result, Google was hit with a record-breaking $5 billion fine.

Now, Google has to change its practices and prompt users to choose their own default search engine when setting up a European Android device that has the Google Search app built in. Not all countries will have the same options, however, as the choices included in Google’s new prompt all went to the highest bidders.

As it turns out, DuckDuckGo must have bid more aggressively than other Google competitors, as it’s being offered as a choice across all countries in the EU.

DuckDuckGo is a Default Search Choice Across the EU

When Android users in the EU boot up a new device they will be presented with three Google alternatives to choose from as their default search provided. DuckDuckGo will be at the top of the list in all countries.

Other options, which differ across the EU, include, Yandex, Qwant, GMX, PrivacyWall, Givero, and Seznam. Bing will only be offered as an option in the United Kingdom, which perhaps is an indication of where Bing sees itself being most profitable.

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A full list of countries and their corresponding choices for default search engine can be found here. Android Police reports the “Choice Screen” will be rolled out to Android users in Europe in March 2020.


It will be interesting to see what impact this change has on search engine marketshare in the EU, if there’s any change at all. Users can, of course, continue to choose Google as their default if that’s what they prefer.



The alternative browser challenges Big Tech. DuckDuckGo is committed to privacy and security



The creators of the alternative DuchDuckGo browser have just announced that it will soon be available not only for mobile devices, but also in the desktop version. The app is distinguished by the fact that, unlike Google and other Big Tech industry proposals, it not only blocks third-party tracking, but also informs users who is trying to track them at the moment. The developers of the application have made available a list of companies responsible for violating the privacy of internet users

By entering a website in the DuckDuckGO (DDG) browser, we receive a notification in the upper left corner, after clicking which we learn that at that moment Google, Facebook and, for example, three other pages that collect data about our activity, for example for marketing reasons, were trying to track us. .

“Browse as always, and we will do the rest” – is the slogan of the manufacturer, which declares that his browser is as functional as the solutions known to everyone, but with the difference that, as a rule, it blocks all cookies and tracking attempts, including location tracking.

An alternative browser is currently available on mobile devices, but a beta version for computers has already been launched and a fully functional version can be expected in some time. The popularity of the new browser is growing, and some time ago the creators of the new solution reported that they had achieved a result of 100 million searches per day.

DDG declares not only not selling data to the advertiser, but also a different principle of operation of algorithms that screen out the content called farm content, i.e. focused not on the subject matter, but only on achieving a high position in the browser.

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For several years, the company ran a project called Tracker Radar, which collected data about user tracking applications. The results of this study were recently published, which managed to create a list of 1,727 companies responsible for violating user privacy. Whoever is the leader on this list is obviously no surprise, and the top eight players are as follows: Google, Facebook, Adobe, Amazon, Oracle, TowerData, AppNexus and Rubicon Project.


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