Brave changes its browser's default search engine from Google Search to Brave Search
In order to better protect the privacy of its users, the Brave web browser has switched over its default search engine from Google to its in house Brave Search.
Poised as the "privacy and independence of a search/browser alternative to Big Tech," Brave Search is replacing the existing default in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. Other geographies are set to be added "in the next several months." Users that already have the Brave browser installed will keep their current preferences saved.
This switchover to the Brave Search engine is available as of version 1.31 of Brave for desktop and Android and 1.32 of Brave for iOS, all of which release today. Brave Search can also be accessed separately at search.brave.com. Advertisements are not currently in place, but Brave states "the free version of Brave Search will soon be ad-supported." A paid ad-free option will be made available later.
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