The Brave search engine is to become an alternative to the Google engine. The company informed about the project in press release published on Wednesday (March 3, 2021). According to Brave, the newly acquired Tailcat was to serve as the basis for Brave Search’s private search engine. Tailcat was developed by a group that previously developed browser-based products in Cliqz.
Brave search engine
Unlike most search engines that rely on the results of Big Tech companies such as Google, Tailcat is developed completely independently. In addition, the search engine uses personal data or collects IP addresses to improve search results.
The press release also featured features of the upcoming Brave search engine. According to the company, it is tailored to users’ privacy requirements. The most important unique selling point is privacy. Other features include transparency, openness and independence – similar to Brave Browser, the company’s flagship product.
It is also said that Brave Search offers users a variety of search options – with and without ads. In addition, the new search engine offers a “user-first” function.
The latest statement from Brave confirms the significant milestones achieved by the company. The privacy-oriented browser saw an increase in the monthly number of active users to over 25 million.
Brave Ads also saw revenue growth, which grew 28 times in 16 months. In addition, nearly 3,000 campaigns were conducted in nearly 200 countries, with over 2 billion confirmatory events.
Commenting on the platform’s development, Brave CEO and co-founder Brendan Eich said the company is looking forward to the higher demands on Brave. Expectations from people who seek privacy to get away from “invasive Big Tech practices.” Eich added:
Brave’s mission is to put the user first. Integrating privacy-sensitive search on our platform is a necessary step to ensure that user privacy is not compromised to fuel the surveillance economy.
In February, Brave released the specifications for its version 2.0. Among the plans for the BAT 2.0 roadmap was the introduction of a native Ethereum wallet and the addition of a decentralized exchange (DEX). Later that month, Brave added NFT purchases to its Swag store.