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Description of the issue:
Brave no more often the possibility to add custom search engines on Android.
How can this issue be reproduced?
- Navigate to you preferred search engine (https://searx.be , for instance)
- Perform a search
- https://searx.be should be listed under “Settings → Search engines” as recently visited
https://searx.be should be listed under “Settings → Search engines” as recently visited
Brave Version( check
This also happens with previous versions and on beta.
Mobile Device details
Poco X3 NFC - Android 11 - LineageOS 18.1
I tried to use an older version of Brave (down to 1.30) and the issue is still present. Looks like some server-side or deliberate new “feature”.
Is this a bug or a decision by Brave devs? If the ability to set-up custom search engines has been removed from Brave for Android the developers should clearly state it. Some of us have actively chosen Brave over other alternatives (i.e., Vivaldi) just because of the “custom engines” feature. We need to make an informed choice.
We understand that at Brave wants people to use their search-brave.com. Still, the option to use public, personal or private SearX instances should be given, by a company advocating for privacy.