Especially for english speaking programming and news etc. searches, https://duckduckgo.com is really good.
They reek of gimmick and that tactic is gross, unauthentic.
Brave's obsession with crypto will be the death of them.
I'm sure this will be fixed or can be disabled. I'm confident in Brave's passion toward its mission.
> Brave's obsession with crypto will be the death of them.
I have the opposite thought here. I believe that Brave's pioneering position in crypto will hedge the company front and center as we transition to newer, better internet protocols.
The only way I am able to avoid youtube ads on mobile is by using brave browser.
Also i'm very sure all the nuisances you describe can be disabled.
Each upgrade enables some new wallet on my homescreen or advertises some new coin exchange site (disabled both several times). One day, Twitter was randomly polluted with a "Tip" button next to each Tweet, it took me awhile to find how to disable that.
A real shame too, I did enjoy using Brave for the short couple of months I did use it but their constant upgrades that reenable crypto are just plain annoying.
Once again, Brave's obsession with crypto will be the death of them.
I get the point though -- duckduckgo doesn't provide a browser. But I'm guessing Brave doesn't provide hosted email service (Gmail), file and document hosting (Google Drive and Docs) so the analogy breaks down either way.
That snark being said, I do want more privacy on the web -- so yay Brave!
That's not entirely true. They do have a browser for Android and iOS. When I search they frequently show a small pop-up to install it.
"You must use results you obtain through the Services only in Internet Search Experiences (as defined in the use and display requirements) and must not cache or copy results. "
But they may have a special agreement in place due to the number of searches happening on DDG (100 million + daily ). They're larger than Bing in many countries.
 - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/bing/apis/legal
 - https://duckduckgo.com/traffic
Your second query, absolutely, Microsoft is getting very good aggregated data from their API, which is useful to them, but that's not really a privacy violation for individual users.
OTOH, Debian deliberately provides the technical means for third parties to host verifiable mirrors of their package repository, and then makes the analytics an opt-in thing (popcon).
It's also annoying suggesting that it's even necessary for the search engine to be owned by the browser vendor.
This may well be part of Brave's plan with regard to BAT (basic attention token), or some other form of monetization but it does little for the end consumer.
However, sometimes when I am trying to find resources on a particular issue/library/framework, I have to invoke :g (google search) in order to find those results; otherwise, thy're absent from the DDG searches.
Until this is addressed, the search really won't be that competitive, unless this is some weird niche thing that I think is more widespread than it is?
"Brave acquires search engine to offer the first private alternative to Google Search and Google Chrome on both mobile and desktop"
Pretty sure Brave is built on Chromium which might not have Google embedded, but it's still Google owned.