DuckDuckGo Developing a Fast Private Desktop Web Browser
DuckDuckGo started life as a search engine that respected your privacy, but now it goes way beyond that by developing a web browser that does the same across the entire web.
Gabriel Weinberg, CEO and Founder of DuckDuckGo, posted a recap blog post this week on what his company has achieved over the course of 2021. They include improvements to the DuckDuckGo mobile app, the introduction of email protection mails for free email forwarding and tracking. removal, App Tracking Protection to stop trackers in other Android apps, and a new design with better results for the DuckDuckGo search engine.
However, the most interesting news can be found at the end of the blog post. Weinberg reveals that a DuckDuckGo desktop web browser is in development, which he describes as “not a ‘privacy browser’; it’s an everyday browsing app that respects your privacy because there’s never wrong time to prevent companies from spying on your search and browsing history.”
Weinberg decided not to fork an existing project such as Chromium (like Microsoft did for the Edge browser). Instead, the desktop app will use the rendering engine provided by each operating system it runs on, which should include Windows, macOS, and Linux. By doing so, Weinberg says the DuckDuckGo browser can “eliminate much of the unnecessary dirt and clutter that has accumulated over the years in major browsers.”
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It’s the same approach taken for the DuckDuckGo mobile app, and it promises to deliver a smooth experience, while allowing users to relax about protecting their privacy. There will also be a “Fire Button”, which has become popular on mobile devices as a quick (and animated) way to clear all your tabs and browsing data with a single click. And when it comes to performance, the desktop web browser may be in early testing, but according to Weinberg, it’s already “significantly faster” than Chrome.
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