As per the results of the most recent Google’s default search engine auction, Microsoft’s search engine Bing wins against one of its most tough competitors DuckDuckGo. Microsoft Bing will now be offered to the Android users in select European countries as a default search engine option. Previously, DuckDuckGo was the most widely offered alternative search engine.
After facing a defeat in the auction, DuckDuckGo slammed Google by saying that it uses a pay-to-play strategy and eliminates other competitors that do not provide maximum profit. DuckDuckGo also referred to the auction as “fundamentally flawed”.
The auction is held quarterly, which means there will be four auctions per year. The latest auction took place for the months of October till December. The results are out, and the competing search engines Bing (13 countries), DuckDuckGo (four countries), Info.com (all 31 countries), PrivacyWall (22 countries), GMX (16 countries), and Yandex (eight countries) were among the winners.