Google has a “default list” of default search engines. Google is updating this list to add a new search engine, Ecosia.
When you open the Search engine section of Chrome’s settings to change your default search engine, Chrome shows a few popular search engines that you can choose from. You can add any other search engine and make it default. However, this list is to make the process faster, if you are trying to change from Google to any other popular search engines.
This list os country-specific.
Google is refreshing this list, and there is a new search engine on the updated list. Ecosia.
According to Wikipedia, Ecosia is “a search engine based in Berlin, Germany, that donates 80% or more of its profits to nonprofit organizations that focus on reforestation.”
The Wikipedia page also says that “Ecosia’s search results are now provided by Bing and enhanced by the company’s own algorithms”. Ecosia also says that their searches are encrypted, not stored permanently, and data is not sold to third-party advertisers.
Ecosia currently has a Chrome extension that you can download and install to make it the default search engine. When this code change arrives in the Stable version of Chrome, it will make it easier for users to switch to Ecosia.