And I’m pretty sure 80% + of brave users would agree not to have google/bing/yahoo/yandex as the default search engine due their highly concerning data collection & sharing policies.
I find this statement potentially true but possibly problematic. We already have browsers for extreme privacy which I’m sure all present have used. Brave is important because it’s accessible by meeting the average use case where it’s at with little compromise. This is the only way that Brave can change the internet; not getting in their own way of mass adoption.
As for the browser’s “promotion” of Google, this can be likely due to the fact that many people are used to it. (The ones who are less concerned about their privacy or just find it most convenient.)
I find this to be a plausible and justifiable reason. I am a daily DDG user and I’m here to say that it’s imperfect. Yes, in order to help alternative services like DDG happen, we need to embrace it with its flaws and give it time and space to develop. But it’s not worth getting in the way of me suggesting Brave to my grandmother, just as I did to get her away from IE and on to Chrome a long time ago.
Solution? I think a setup step at the beginning should let people choose and also give a brief description of the benefits for those white don’t know. I also think structuring the search omnibar like Firefox would be helpful, where you can set DDG as default but can click on Google, Wikipedia, etc. at any time.