Famous privacy-focused web browser DuckDuckGo has announced that it is working on a dedicated desktop browser that will be available for Apple’s Mac, with the company taking to its yearly wrap-up article to announce the same.
DuckDuckGo, for those unaware, offers a browser option that is present for mobile devices, and when this new version does launch, the desktop browser will offer a similarly safe experience.
The DuckDuckGo desktop browser will come equipped with “robust privacy protection” that will be switched on by default, without the users having to adjust privacy settings or tune the levels of privacy protection.
DuckDuckGo to Launch Mac Browser
The app, in the words of the company, will “redefine user expectations of everyday online privacy,” and will work across key elements like browsing, search, email etc. The app is a cleaner, even more private, and faster alternative to Google’s Chrome.
DuckDuckGo for desktop is going to make use of the regular OS-based rendering engines, which is the same as how the DuckDuckGo mobile apps work, instead of relying on Chromium.
The desktop browser, for now, is in a closed beta phase for the Mac as of now, with a PC version also coming in the future. There is no word on a specific release month or date for now, with the company currently looking for beta testers.
What Does the Company Have to Say?
The maker of the browser states that: “We believe online privacy should be simple and accessible to everyone. That’s why we spent 2021 strengthening our all-in-one privacy solution and helping people take back their privacy with one easy download”
“From improvements to search, tracker blocking, and our mobile app, to new features like Email Protection and App Tracking Protection, we’re builing a simple privacy layer for how people use the Internet today, without any tradeoffs. It’s privacy, simplified.”
“As our product becomes even easier to use and more comprehensive, we’ve seen a tremendous response from users. We’re now the most downloaded browsing app on Android in our major markets (and #2 on iOS behind Chrome), we’re averaging more than 100 million searches a day, and our most recent survey showed 27 million Americans (9%) use DuckDuckGo.”
“Worldwide we’ve had over 150 million downloads of our all-in-one privacy apps and extensions since we moved beyond just private search in 2018. Check out a recap of some of the progress we made in 2021, and a first look at our desktop app, now in closed beta.”