Brave Search, the descendant of privacy-focused browser Brave, has announced a significant leap forward in its development.
It now boasts complete independence from other search engines, a remarkable achievement in the world of search.
Brave Quest: A Brief History
Brave Search’s journey to independence began in 2021 after acquiring the search engine and development team from Tailcat.
To create a fully independent search engine, Brave embarked on a journey that culminated in the launch of the Brave Search Beta in June 2021.
The search engine was launched as a privacy-focused, transparent alternative to established search giants like Google.
Since its launch, the Brave team has rolled out numerous features to its search engine.
These include Discussions, which allow real human conversations to appear in search results, Brave Search Goggles for customized results, and Brave Search Summarizer for AI-powered quick results.
Fast forward to today, Brave Search has reached a pivotal moment. The search engine now relies entirely on its index for all Results.
About 7% of queries used to come from Bing Search, but Brave has now severed all ties to the Bing API and consolidated its independence.
The Web Discovery Project was instrumental in reaching this milestone. The project has helped Brave Search’s index grow by allowing users to anonymously contribute browsing data.
Brave Search takes care of the processing 22 million daily requestsa testament to its rapidly growing user base.
Why Independence Matters
The rising costs and uncertainties surrounding Bing’s API access were key motivators for Brave to strive for independence.
But the benefits go beyond the cost savings.
Being independent means Brave has complete control over its search engine and its index powers all search results.
Looking ahead, Brave plans to launch the Brave Search API, providing access for developers and businesses. However, details regarding pricing and the availability of a free option have yet to be announced.
Brave intends to keep its search engine as the main search tool in its browser and keep it free for everyone.
The company is working on a version of its search engine with ads and is considering a paid version without ads.
That Brave Search relies on its own index and not the big search companies is a big deal.
What makes Brave Search different is that the company behind it lets users take control and talks openly about how it works, which isn’t common in an industry run by large corporations.
As Brave keeps coming up with new ideas, it could change the way we find information online.
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