DuckDuckGo is working on creating a new PC browser that focused on giving users more control over their browsing experience, it wants to prevent them from being tracked while they’re surfing.
DuckDuckGo PC browser is on its way
Named after the privacy-focused search engine, the program will bring the advantages of the mobile app to the PC in an intuitive, lightweight approach away from Google’s influence.
The CEO of DuckDuckGo, Gabriel Weinberg, spread the news with a blog post and showed how the application will look like. He assured users that the performance will be the same on the mobile and web versions.
“No complicated settings, no misleading warnings, no “levels” of privacy protection – just robust privacy protection that works by default, across search, browsing, email, and more.”
To distance itself from Google and improper data collection, the DuckDuckGo PC browser will use the operating system’s own rendering engine (same as the mobile version, where it uses WebView) instead of Chromium. This decision will remove “a lot of the unnecessary cruft” present in more modern programs.
“Compared to Chrome, the DuckDuckGo app for desktop is cleaner, way more private, and early tests have found it significantly faster too!”
We're working on it!
— Gabriel Weinberg (@yegg) December 21, 2021
Right now the closed beta is currently in the test phase on macOS, but according to Weiberg’s tweet, DuckDuckGo is also working on a Windows version. No release date announced yet.