Courageous announcement today, it changes the company’s Brave browser default search from Google to Brave search in five regions for new users. The company launched a public version of Brave Search in June 2021. Brave Search is an independent search engine that does not rely on indexes from large companies such as Google or Microsoft.
Brave acquired the Tailcat search engine and the team responsible for it in March 2021. According to Brave, the search engine is designed with the same design principles as Brave Browser: private, user-first, choice, independent, transparent, transparent and open. You can check out our Brave Search review, linked in the first paragraph, for more information on the principles. Ashwin’s coverage of AMA Brave Search on Reddit may provide additional details.
Brave Search replaces Google Search as the default search engine for new Brave Browser users in the US, UK and Canada. It also replaces Qwant for new users from France and DuckDuckGo for new users from Germany. The company plans to switch to Brave Search for other regions in the coming months, according to the announcement.
Brave Search is available as one of the many search engines in all versions of the web browser. Brave Browser is available for desktop, Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems, and for Android and iOS mobile operating systems.
Desktop users can change the search engine as follows:
- Load brave: // settings / search in the browser’s address bar.
- The “Search engine used in address bar” preference defines the search engine used.
- Activate the menu and select Brave if you want to make Brave Search the browser’s default search engine.
On mobile, select Brave Menu> Settings> Search engines and switch the search engine to Brave or one of the available search engines.
Brave Search can also be open directly in any web browser.
Brave Search is currently ad-free, but Brave has announced its intention to introduce search engine ads. The company also plans to launch a premium version of Brave Search, which will be ad-free. According to Brave, Brave Search has reached “nearly 80 million queries per month” since its official launch in June 2021.
The Brave Search web discovery project has also been launched. Brave describes it as “a privacy preservation system that allows users to provide data anonymously to improve the coverage and quality of Brave Search, as well as its independence and competitiveness from Big Tech alternatives.” For users, this means browsing data and research data is made available to Brave by users who sign up.
Brave describes the project as follows:
This data helps build the independent Brave Search index and ensures that Brave Search displays results that are relevant to search queries. For a URL to be sent, it must be visited independently by a large number of people; this is done using the new STAR cryptographic protocol. WDP’s confidentiality preservation methodology rejects excessively long or suspicious search queries. It also rejects weird URLs (such as capacity URLs), URLs of pages that the creator has set as non-indexable, and of course, pages that aren’t public or require some sort of authentication. The Web Discovery Project runs automatically when a user browses the web, so it doesn’t require any effort on the part of contributors. Users who have registered but no longer wish to participate can unsubscribe at any time.
Additional information is available on the GitHub repository.
Now you: have you tried Brave Search?