DuckDuckGo search engine has been preferred by netizens who were bothered by search engines like Google recording their browsing habits and other private data. DuckDuckGo’s privacy policy states that it protects the privacy of its services and never records any information regarding the users. DuckDuckGo has recently its search services to the users of Android and iOS platforms through a mobile search engine app called DuckDuckGo Search & Stories. As mobile phones can record the locations where go, anonymous search can be more important for mobile search.

DuckDuckGo Search & Stories gives the same ability to search the Internet anonymously and something more. Search experience on the app is good and is the same as seen on the original desktop version. Results for any search query first shows it different meanings followed by the search results and some sponsored links. Search results are not numbered and you need to keep on scrolling further and further down to see more results. There is an autocomplete option which gives search suggestions as you keep typing the query.  A three dotted ‘search options’ menu placed at the top right of the app has options to share the results, save the search results page, refresh the search results, and see the results in an alternate browser of your choice.

But the app is not just another mobile search engine app like Google Search. DuckDuckGo also shows some popular stories selected from various sources like BBC, CNN, Reuters, Digg, Time, ESPN, etc. The app’s home screen shows these selected stories by default. You can change this to show the ‘Recent Searches’ or ‘Saved Items’ on the home screen from the app’s settings. The app’s settings, accessible by clicking on the three lines icon placed on home screen’s top left, allow you to access saved pages, view recent searches and stories viewed, and perform other tasks like changing the app’s theme, font size, give region boost to your search results, etc.

Functioning and UI of the app are flawless. A good improvement for the app could be to divide the search results into pages and numbering them. This can improve the usability of the app to a great extent. A few more improvements like these can help DuckDuckGo to compete head on with search biggies like Google and Bing.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 2.0.30 for Android

Rating: 8/10

Supported OS: Android 2.2 and above

Download size: 1.1 MB

Download link to the App