DuckDuckGo is the most popular alt search engine among Android users in the EU

After the EU ruled that Google should offer Android users a choice of search engine and browser, the company held an auction for alternative search engines that wanted to participate. The choice screen rolled out to users in the middle of last year, which brings us to today – Google announced the most popular alternative search engines per country.

The clear winner is the privacy-focused DuckDuckGo. It was the top choice in all EU countries but one – the UK. There, Bing was on top. Unfortunately for Microsoft, its engine didn’t even make the Top 3 everywhere else.

The clear runner-up is, a meta search engine with a social networking twist. PrivacyWall, Qwant and Yandex were other popular choices, you can see the full list below.

You will be asked to pick a default search engine when setting up an Android phone

You will be asked to pick a default search engine when setting up an Android phone

The choice screen currently appears the first time you launch the Play Store. However, starting in March this year, the screen will become part of the initial setup of the device.

Note that the options for search engines vary by country, each engine is free to bid in the auction for the countries it’s interested in. The three highest bidders plus Google will be shown in a random order. This might explain why Bing appears so rarely in the list – maybe Microsoft only bid for for placement in the UK.

Here’s the breakdown per country. To be clear, these are the most popular non-Google search engines.

AustriaDuckDuckGo, GMX,
BelgiumDuckDuckGo,, Qwant
BulgariaDuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall
CroatiaDuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall
Czech RepublicDuckDuckGo,, Seznam
DenmarkDuckDuckGo, Givero,
EstoniaDuckDuckGo,, Yandex
FinlandDuckDuckGo,, Yandex
FranceDuckDuckGo,, Qwant
GermanyDuckDuckGo, GMX,
GreeceDuckDuckGo,, Qwant
HungaryDuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall
IcelandDuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall
IrelandDuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall
ItalyDuckDuckGo,, Qwant
LatviaDuckDuckGo,, Yandex
LiechtensteinDuckDuckGo,, Qwant
LithuaniaDuckDuckGo,, Yandex
LuxembourgDuckDuckGo,, Qwant
MaltaDuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall
NetherlandsDuckDuckGo, GMX,
NorwayDuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall
PolandDuckDuckGo,, Yandex
PortugalDuckDuckGo,, Qwant
Republic of CyprusDuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall
RomaniaDuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall
SlovakiaDuckDuckGo,, Seznam
SloveniaDuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall
SpainDuckDuckGo,, Qwant
SwedenDuckDuckGo,, PrivacyWall
United KingdomBing, DuckDuckGo,


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