Brave is very confident in his privacy-focused search engine – so much so that it kicks off Google. From today (October 19), Courageous will use the engine as its browser’s default search tool, replacing Google in the US, UK and Canada. He will also supplant DuckDuckGo in Germany and Qwant in France, with more countries seeing the change in the “next few months”.
Your browser will keep its existing search engine settings and you can still choose Google or another competitor if you wish. Changing defaults is available in all desktop versions as well as Android and iOS.
Brave Search is effectively touted as the anti-Google engine. It doesn’t track you, your search history or whatever you clicked on. While its independent index isn’t necessarily as robust as Google’s, Brave is betting that the default position will significantly boost adoption.
You can also help improve results. Brave a spear a web discovery project that allows volunteers to contribute data to improve the overall quality of Brave Search. The functionality is anonymous and renders the data “unrelated”, making it unnecessary for advertising clients or hackers. It runs automatically when you browse. The opt-in nature will limit WDP’s usefulness, but Brave clearly hopes to find enough participants to close the gaps with its heavyweight rivals.