Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo comes to iOS and OS X
With privacy concerns mounting, Apple announced yesterday that DuckDuckGo, the search engine that doesn’t track its users, will be included in the future versions of Safari on iOS & OS X. The announcement was made yesterday at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) and makes DuckDuckGo the first private search engine to be added to a major browser.
“DuckDuckGo is thrilled to be included in Safari,” said Gabriel Weinberg, DuckDuckGo’s CEO and founder. “It’s great to see Apple making it easy for Safari users to access our anonymous search option.”
This comes shortly after DuckDuckGo reimagined and redesigned its browser and user-interface, allowing “instant answers” (information that appears above links and ads for recipes, videos, and hundreds of other topics). DuckDuckGo’s instant answers are open-source, allowing anyone to contribute ideas and code to them.
In 2013, DuckDuckGo received over one billion searches as people flocked to services that make privacy a primary focus. “A significant percentage of people prefer our search experience and we’re delighted to welcome Safari users,” said Weinberg.