DuckDuckGo is no longer available in the search engine selection screen on Google’s Android mobile operating system, as the service has been outbid by other search engine providers. This is evident from a report about auctions on the website from Android.
Google holds an auction every four months to determine which search engines will be included in a selection menu on Android. Via that menu people can set a default search engine to use on their device.
In addition to Google, the screen contains up to three other search engines. The screen appears when people install a phone with Android. This has been done since 1 March, based on the requirements of the European Commission.
The privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo says it has been outbid by other providers. In the Netherlands these are Bing, info.com and PrivacyWall.
DuckDuckGo reports on his website not to be happy with the outcome. According to the company, the auction model for the selection screen is not a good option. The company says search engines with the largest market share should appear first on the selection screen, with different search engines on the next page.
According to DuckDuckGo, it could not compete fairly with other parties because the company makes less money. “Our commitment to privacy and a cleaner search experience means we receive less money per search.” The company has sent a proposal for a new selection screen to the European Commission.