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Google Search competitor DuckDuckGo teases major revamp, beautiful new design

Image Credit: DuckDuckGo

Update: The redesigned DuckDuckGo search engine is now live and available to everyone.

DuckDuckGo, a privacy-focused search engine that skyrocketed in size following mass-surveillance leaks, will soon be completely redesigned.

According to a blog post from DuckDuckGo chief executive Gabriel Weinberg, the search engine will relaunch next month with much-requested features such as image search, place search, and auto-suggest. Weinberg says he hopes to relaunch the service next month, depending on user feedback. You can try out the new service here.

While Google keeps busy with “moonshots,” DuckDuckGo is finally becoming a formidable Google Search competitor. With mainstream features like image search, DuckDuckGo company has far more potential to put a ding in Google’s and Bing’s search marketshare.

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Above: DuckDuckGo homepage before & after. Click to see larger.

The new homepage [above] features subtle changes which make DuckDuckGo far more welcoming to new visitors. For all the major improvements, shift your eyes to the search results page [below].

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Aside from a few blips, DuckDuckGo is growing at an impressive rate in Google’s shadow. So far this month, DuckDuckGo has averaged more than 5 million queries per day.

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Although its name still evokes the memories of childhood playtime, DuckDuckGo’s search engine is finally reaching maturity.


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20 comments
Trajan McGill
Trajan McGill

I'm a fan of duckduckgo, but I hate to say that the "after" is worse, not better. The results page used to look like search results. Now it looks like one of those "search results" landing pages you get when you mistype a URL and land on a nearby domain that someone snapped up for the purpose of getting viewers who meant to go somewhere else. I'm not sure what it is...something about the fonts or something about the impression the layout gives instantly, maybe how it looks incredibly generic with the all-black headers that don't look like links. Not sure exactly, but whatever it is, it's a subtle turn-off rather than an improvement. I'd highly recommend further tweaks.

Michael Duane Mooring
Michael Duane Mooring

I use it as default search and then fallback to encrypted.google.com when the DuckDuck misses.

Swapan Jain
Swapan Jain

really man,I just don't wanna go on this site -with just a crap name.

Tim Heile
Tim Heile

Love the duck:) Long live privacy.....the new currency.

Aaron Christopher Cohen
Aaron Christopher Cohen

I tried searching for my lunch destination on each site. Google continues to blow DuckDuckGo out of the water.

Zach Simon-Alexander
Zach Simon-Alexander

Super excited to have a search engine with the goal of providing search results to users...funny to at that out loud. But while the others compete by forcing their brand into everything I use and own, sneaking in small print and raping my digital existence, I sincerely hope DDG sticks to their core as they grow.

William Hogsett
William Hogsett

much better search results - Google has been tweaking results to help big companies (who spend MONEY with g)

Tim Dick
Tim Dick

Fantastic. Great clean redesign and features.