For the first time, DuckDuckGo is an option that users can select as the default search engine in Google Chrome.
With the release of Chrome 73 earlier this week, DuckDuckGo has been added to the list of default search engine choices.
A Google software engineer reported on GitHub that this change was based on recently collected data on usage statistics.
"The default search engine list (DSE) is being updated … The list The number of engine references from each country is being completely replaced, according to new statistics of use … "
The data show that the use of DuckDuckGo is increasing. The search engine hit a record 1 billion searches a month in January.
The record DuckDuckGo month resulted in a 78% annual increase from the 654 million searches made in January 2018.
Being The search engine available in the most used browser in the world will certainly be positive for the continued growth of DuckDuckGo.
About this change, Gabe Weinberg, founder of DuckDuckGo, tells TechCrunch:
"We are pleased that Google has recognized the importance of providing consumers with a private search option. "
Previously, Chrome users had to go directly to the DuckDuckGo home page or install the browser extension.
Now DuckDuckGo heavy users can choose to use the Chrome search bar to access the page. their search engine of choice.