DuckDuckGo is working on a privacy-focused desktop browser


DuckDuckGo, the company best known for its privacy-focused search engine of the same name, is working on a desktop browser that should serve the same purpose to avoid being tracked throughout your web experience. In a blog post, DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg gives an overview of what the next browser will look like and notes that we can expect it to work the same as his mobile navigation app. .

Weinberg explains that the desktop browser will offer “robust privacy protection” by default, without you having to enable hidden security settings. Like the mobile app, the desktop equivalent will come with the same “Fire” button that instantly clears all of your browsing history, stored data, and tabs with just one click. It’s also built around “operating system-supplied renderers” – like on mobile – which Weinberg says will create a cleaner interface and take the clutter out of mainstream browsers. He also claims that early tests of the browser indicate that it is “considerably faster” than Google Chrome.

“MacOS and Windows both now offer website rendering APIs (WebView / WebView2) that any application can use to render a website. This is what we used to create our desktop application, ”said Allison Johnson, senior communications manager at DuckDuckGo, in a statement to The edge.

“Instead, we’re building the desktop app from scratch around the rendering APIs provided by the operating system. This means that anything beyond just rendering the website (eg managing tabs and bookmarks, navigation controls, passwords, etc.), we have to build ourselves up. In other words, on Windows, the browser will use Edge / Chromium rendering, and the same goes for Safari / Webkit on macOS. Johnson also noted that it’s not the same as forking, which would mean the browser is built from a browser that already exists.

The browser is currently in closed beta testing on macOS, but a tweet from Weinberg suggests that DuckDuckGo is preparing it for Windows as well. It is not known when the desktop browser will be available to the public.

Last month, DuckDuckGo introduced a built-in tool for its mobile navigation app that is supposed to prevent apps from tracking users on Android. And in July, the company rolled out an email protection service that says it will remove all trackers attached to your emails.

Updated December 21, 2021 at 4:40 p.m. ET: Added a statement from a DuckDuckGo spokesperson that clarifies how the company is building the browser.


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