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iOS 8 will let you use DuckDuckGo for search in Safari

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iOS 8 will let you use DuckDuckGo for search in Safari
Apple has been systematically removing Google from iOS for years now. It replaced Google Maps with its own Maps app; it replaced Google search for Bing when you're using Siri; and, Apple added options to use either Bing or Yahoo as the default search engine in Safari. Now, Apple is also giving users the option to switch Safari searches to DuckDuckGo.

DuckDuckGo has made its name on being the "private" alternative search engine. It has gained most of its users by promoting itself as an alternative to Google that will not track you in any way, and its inclusion in Safari for iOS could serve to see its market share grow. It may not be a huge bump though, because users will still have to go into settings to actively change the search provider in Safari, and many users (regardless of platform) tend to stick with defaults (as evidenced by Google Maps on iOS dropping from 81.1 million users in September 2012 to 58.8 million in September 2013, according to comScore). 

Google is still the default in Safari, and users can use Google in Siri, but more choice is always nice, especially if you aren't a big fan of Bing or Yahoo search. And, more choice seems to be an interesting theme with Apple's latest update, which has been surprising many users. 

source: The Verge

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posted on 02 Jun 2014, 16:26 2

1. Haridenberg (Posts: 27; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


This is a good move, I switched my default search engine in Firefox from Google to DDG a while ago... After all, it's the search engine that doesn't track you!

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 16:40 5

3. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2436; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


They should have named it "SearchFairy" as the not tracking part of it is about as believable as the tooth fairy.

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 20:42

6. joey_sfb (Posts: 2712; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Either they survive on thin air or they have found a new way too screw you. Lol!

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 16:27 1

2. Beijendorf (Posts: 288; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


This is the greatest news out of the WWDC yet!

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 17:36

4. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 842; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


This is actually a big deal, for me, anyway. Anything to deprive ad sellers of dollars is, these days.

http://doonesbury.washingtonpost.com/strip/archive/2014/06/01

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 18:59

5. PAPINYC (Posts: 2229; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Great news and perfect for those ¡Quacks!

posted on 02 Jun 2014, 23:41

7. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Worst search engine...no region based results....
When I search iphone 5s it shows me ip 5s is available for contract in tmobile...heck!! I live in india....

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 10:42

8. RandomUsername (Posts: 408; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


You can select your region in the settings...

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