Google is without a doubt the most popular search engine, but certainly not the only one. That’s why . has Android Planet five rock-solid alternatives to Google listed.
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The best alternatives to Google search
There are many reasons to choose a search engine other than Google. For example, it’s common knowledge that the company isn’t so keen on protecting privacy.
In some cases it is also due to the quality of the product and you will not find what you are looking for via Google. Whatever your reasons, these are (in no particular order) the best alternatives to Google search.
DuckDuckGo is one of the most well-known alternatives to Google. The search engine is best known for its privacy. Your data is not stored or passed on to websites that you visit. Trackers are also automatically blocked. If you search through DuckDuckGo, you are assured that you will not be chased.
The Google alternative has even more to offer. For example, while browsing, you can delete all your data at the touch of a button. At that point, both your open tabs and search history for the phrase will disappear. Also cool: DuckDuckGo gives websites privacy figures, so you know immediately how your data is handled.
This alternative to Google makes money through advertising. However, these are presented completely randomly. Donations from users are also important to DuckDuckGo. Finally, it is useful to know that you can use the search engine on all platforms, including Android, Windows and macOS.
In the land of search engines, Google is the undisputed king, with Bing as heir to the throne. The search engine app from Microsoft follows at a very appropriate distance. According to the most recent figures, Bing has a market share of almost 3 percent, while Google is close to 92.5 percent.
So work to do for Microsoft’s Bing division. The search engine is not inferior to Google at all. Search results are generally of good quality and sometimes even better than what Google presents.
Plus, Bing is packed with extra features, including a built-in news feed to keep up to date, sports scores, and more. Therein lies a weakness of Bing: the app is much more than just a search engine. Not everyone appreciates this.
Brave is a brand new challenger to Google. The app started out as a browser to scour the internet with, but recently it also has its own search engine. The first experiences with this are mainly positive, although you do notice that the results sometimes leave something to be desired. For example, if you search for a Dutch term, you sometimes get an English result. Results are also sometimes less personal.
That is not surprising, because the app and search engine have privacy first. Trackers are blocked by default and Brave does not keep a log of your search history. In other words, the app has no clue what you’re looking for. Additional pluses are that Brave automatically blocks ads and enables https everywhere, making your internet safer.
All in all, Brave (including the search engine) is one of the most complete alternatives to Google. The app makes money by asking users if they want to see ads. If you choose this, the revenue from the advertising will be shared between you and Brave.
Another commonly heard Google alternative is Ecosia. The people behind this search engine know very well how marketing works, as their service has come to be known as the ‘tree-planting’ search service. You help plant trees per search query. After about 50 searches, you have planted one tree.
Apart from the climate, Ecosia also has good credentials when it comes to privacy. The search engine does not collect any personal information. Advertisements are shown, because the chimney has to smoke, but these are completely anonymous (and therefore very random in most cases).
In short: Ecosia is one of the best alternatives to Google. The app is not only good for the climate (and ultimately also for yourself), but also has its affairs in order in terms of privacy.
Many people stick with Google simply because they are used to it. It takes effort to teach yourself another search engine. Fortunately, StartPage is there to make this transition as smooth as possible. How? By presenting exactly the same search results as Google.
Here’s the thing: StartPage uses Google’s algorithm, so you get exactly the same result. StartPage believes that Google simply built the best search engine ever.
To distinguish itself, StartPage presents itself as a privacy-friendly search engine. Trackers are blocked and vulnerable data anonymized. For example, your IP address is not shared with Google. A nice detail is that StartPage is a Dutch product.
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Do you like the taste and are you looking for more alternatives to apps from Google? Then take a look at our overview of the best alternatives to Google Maps. After all, there are many more apps to get you from A to B. We’ve also compiled a comprehensive list of the best Chrome browser alternatives.
Source: Android Planet by www.androidplanet.nl.
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