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May 2024 was biggest growth month ever for Brave

May 2024 was Brave’s biggest growth month on record. New users in Latin America helped the privacy-focused web browser substantially to get to the top of the Google Play Store.

That’s what Brendan Eich, co-founder and CEO of Brave, says on X.

According to the chief executive officer, Brave now has over 78.95 million monthly active users, a 7.3 percent increase compared to last April. The number of daily active users has gone up 4.3 percent to 28.64 million.

Brave search queries per month also reached new heights. According to the company, Brave search engine users entered 843 million search queries in April. That’s an increase of almost 3 percent when adjusted for 31 days. This equals to an annual rate of 9.95 billion queries.

Brave saw its highest search queries peak on Tuesday May 28. Over 28.69 million queries were conducted that day, an increase of 5.9 percent compared to the previous record.

Eich is exceedingly happy with these results. However, he’s tempering expectations because of the summer season. “We are entering summer, so we’re on lookout for the notorious (for browser makers) ‘summer slump’ effect likely due to school breaks, vacations, & more time outdoors in many climes,” he says.

More Brave users because of DMA

Brave is an open-source web browser developed by Brave Software Inc. It’s an open-source browser that automatically blocks most advertisements, cookies and trackers.

Brave is also equipped with an incognito mode and built-in Tor functionality. Brave can also block digital fingerprinting attempts, prevent malicious scripts from loading and secure unsafe websites with https.

The recent increasing popularity of Brave may be due to Apple implementing the Digital Markets Act (DMA). These guidelines make it easier for iOS users to change their default browser. After an iOS update was released in March, over 11,000 users installed the Brave browser on their iPhones.

“When consumers get a clear choice of iOS browsers, they're choosing alternatives to Safari,” Eich said at the time on X.

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