DuckDuckGo planning a privacy-first desktop web browser that’s “clean, fast”

Arif Bacchus

Online privacy when browsing on a laptop or desktop seems to be everything these days, and DuckDuckGo will soon have its own solution. In the works is a privacy-first desktop web browser that’s “cleaner, way more private” when compared to Chrome, the group announced today.

Details on the browser are quite short at the moment, but DuckDuckGo says that the experience is all about “redefining user expectations of everyday online privacy.” In what seems to be a shot at Microsoft Edge, it’s promised that there won’t be “levels” of privacy protection. Rather, the browser will have privacy settings turned on by default. According to DuckDuckGo’s Gabriel Weinberg.

It’s not a “privacy browser”; it’s an everyday browsing app that respects your privacy because there’s never a bad time to stop companies from spying on your search and browsing history [. . .] Compared to Chrome, the DuckDuckGo app for desktop is cleaner, way more private, and early tests have found it significantly faster too!

Unlike modern Microsoft Edge and Chrome, DuckDuckGo says that this desktop app will be built around the OS-provided rendering engine. They won’t be using Chromium. This supposedly will help DuckDuckGo cut out unnecessary things often seen in major web browsers. You also can expect to find things like the fire button and a clean and simple interface.  A preview can be seen below. Though this seems to show MacOS, it’s been confirmed a Windows app is also on the way.

With DuckDuckGo expanding from mobile to desktop, it will now enter the very busy browser market. It will be interesting to see how the browser is accepted, as Google Chrome is currently is in the number one spot with a 64% share, per Statcounter. Safari, meanwhile, hits 19%, and Edge in third with 4.19%. The privacy-first features might make the browser more enticing, and we’re looking forward to a release, which hasn’t yet been announced.