Yesterday, Brave said it will now exclusively use its own index for its search engine. In other words, it is no longer dependent on third-party programs like Bing.
The company stated that it used other suppliers for around 13% of its queries when it introduced Brave Search in 2021. That amount was reduced to 7% a year later.
A blog post by Brave states that “By default, Brave Search users will now receive 100% of results from the Brave Index, giving users fully independent results. As always, our results will preserve user privacy.”
The business claimed that initiatives like the Web Discovery Project, which allowed users of Brave’s web browser to submit anonymous data to create Brave’s index, had assisted it in its drive towards independence. Brave was also concerned about Bing API’s future, notably since Microsoft announced a major rise in API price for Bing’s index and strengthened its cooperation with OpenAI.
If Brave Search cannot provide results, users will still be able to use Google Fallback Mix, the business said. This function enables users to query Google privately.
Brave also announced the launch of its own search API but added that more information would be provided later.
Brave is attempting to leverage fewer solutions offered by major IT firms to differentiate itself. The business introduced a summarising tool in March that wasn’t enabled by OpenAI’s technology.
In contrast, some of Brave’s rivals, including DuckDuckGo and Neeva, continue to rely on Bing-like sources. However, the latter has decided to stop using Bing in a few years.