iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 To Support DuckDuckGo As Default Search Engine Alternative

Writing for Quartz, Dan Frommer reports that Apple’s forthcoming iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 operating systems version updates will allow users to select DuckDuckGo as their default search engine.

He notes that DuckDuckGo, founded in 2008 by Gabriel Weinberg, is unique among major Web search engines in not tracking its users, not sharing its users’ search queries with other sites, and not storing their search histories or any of their computer or location information — defining attributes that seem to be helping it gain market share traction among users concerned about advertisers profiling them and spooked by recent revelations about widespread government surveillance.

Frommer says DuckDuckGo received about 159 million direct search queries last month, roughly double the metric from a year ago. However, Google brass have no cause to lose sleep over DuckDuckGo’s increasing popularity with market research analysis firm comScore reporting that Google’s search engine fielded some 12 billion queries last month, and in the US handling about two-thirds of web search queries overall, leaving Microsoft Bing and Yahoo! scrapping over most of the leavings.


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