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Having rebelled against Google's web hegemony with a privacy-focused browser and a crypto token-based monetization system, Brave Software opened a second competitive front on Tuesday with the beta launch of Brave Search. Brave has managed to attract more than 32 million monthly active users to its alternative browser that's …

  1. lglethal Silver badge
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    I recently switched over to Brave on Android after Firefox just got too annoying - frequent crashes, excessive reloading of pages, just feeling bloated, and lacking the fine controls that I make strong use of on the desktop. And so far I'm impressed. It is significantly faster. I mean actually, noticably faster on all my regular websites. It does not have excess bloat, yet seems to have everything that I need. So they have a happy customer in me.

    I will check out Brave Search when it comes out of Beta, as I'm finding DuckDuckGo is getting less and less helpful with results. Here's hoping it works out well for Brave...

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      Interesting comment, I haven't had any problems with Firefox on Android, either in terms of crashes nor slowness but I might try Brave anyway.

      I'm also a bit surprised by your comment on DuckDuckGo, I've actually foiund it's results have really improved over the last year or so, to the extent that I almost never use Google... perhaps we're searching for different things :-)

    2. TVC

      I too started using Brave on both Android and Windows a few weeks ago and my experience has been positive. Firefox kept behaving oddly so I gave up with that and Edge is improving but everytime I try it, it annoys me. Will now try the Brave search engine.

    3. Pascal Monett Silver badge

      Brave is a must-have on a mobile phone

      It is faster because it cuts all the crap that websites try to side-load you with, so you get the page you want with the info you need, and nothing else.

      Brave respects your privacy and your data allowance - not everybody has unlimited data on their phones.

      Really, try Brave. You'll adopt it.

      1. iron Silver badge

        Re: Brave is a must-have on a mobile phone

        I did. It was far too Chrome like and I ditched it. I still have it on a work machine for testing but for not actual use.

  2. tiggity Silver badge

    Liked the search

    It ran & gave "default settings" results for my query with JS disabled (JS off is always my default on a new website - though iffy layout - looks like a bit of poor coding using some JS as trying to do images etc search were JS dependent)

    FFS its not difficult to have search and a few buttons without using JS (DDG also guilty on the JS front) - wanting privacy also extends to not wanting needless JS.... which can potentially be doing privacy / security breaching stuff.

    Disclosure - would trust Brave enough to disable JS, after all I use their browser on android (yes android & privacy a misnomer, but I'm not spending apple prices just on a phone! I run a cheap "bog standard" phone as its not central to my life unlike a lot of people) so whatever data they may grab from me via Search site they will already have)

  3. Blackjack Silver badge

    So they are Brave enough to copy DuckDuckGo including the use of Bing for searching images.

    Is Brave Browser dying? You can't both make a Web Browser based on privacy and rely in ads for revenue. DuckDuckGo somehow manages because it claims non targeted ads make more money but is a search engine not a Web Browser.

    By the way is really worrysome that most web browsers are based on Chromium while Firefox is not only dying but getting a bit more creppy.

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