iOS 8 will let you use DuckDuckGo for search in Safari

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



1. Haridenberg

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 03, 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!

3. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

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

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

2. Beijendorf unregistered

This is the greatest news out of the WWDC yet!

4. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

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


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Great news and perfect for those ¬°Quacks!

7. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Worst search region based results.... When I search iphone 5s it shows me ip 5s is available for contract in tmobile...heck!! I live in india....

8. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

You can select your region in the settings...

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