By stepping up its offers, the French search engine intends to impose itself as an essential platform for its users. The startup’s new goal is to make its ecosystem as exhaustive as possible, adding to its initial ambition of a less privacy-invasive browser.
This Thursday, June 14, start-up president and co-founder Eric Léandri presented in his newly built Parisian offices a series of innovations to be expected for the search engine, before an assembly particularly composed of, among others, the Minister for Economic Affairs, Bruno Le Maire, and the Secretary of state for digital, Mounir Mahjoubi.
Qwant Med, the partner in healthy living ; Qwant Pay for the online payment ; Qwant E-mail ; Qwant Maps ; Qwant Sports… By considerably expanding its offer, the French start-up intends to perfect its ecosystem, following the paths of Californian giants such as Apple or Google.
Qwant Sports will be launched in July, right on time for the World cup’s second half, with its shares of surprises. Indeed, this section will enable sports enthusiasts to directly and easily find sport news : live matches, results, bonus videos, all will be carefully analyzed and stocked on the browser website.
Moreover, several important launchings are scheduled for this September, including the release of Qwant E-mail, Qwant Maps and Qwant Pay. The first one is an email application, similar to the classic Gmail but with an additional characteristic, unique to the Qwant search engine : a principle of less privacy-invasive, translated into data encryption.
Qwant Maps is a safe system of cartography, without tracking since it will geo-locate the users just at their request. Their position will be immediately deleted, without using, or stocking, these data.
Lastly, Qwant Pay is an online payment service, which will try and compete with the traditional Apple Pay or Google Pay.
Other innovations are also envisaged, such as Qwant Med, an health application dedicated to doctors, which will implement augmented reality to heal and operate. In this vein, the Qwant Civil security program will propose to inform the population in the event of a crisis, through alerts or texts.
The team’s aim is clear: “to create a global secure environment.” The startup wishes to be present on all the grounds, as Google or Apple do, but while always remaining faithful to its initial principle of respect of its users’ private life.
Indeed, Qwant does not collect nor market people’s personal information, unlike the GAFAM. Practices which more and more displease, as evidenced by the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal or the latest GDPR European law. The funding of Qwant rests on the publicity, which is therefore non-targeted.
Born in Nice in 2011, the start-up can boast about employing 164 people and it hopes to carry out 10 million euros in revenues in 2018, the triple of what they have pocketed last year.
However, Qwant is still a long way behind Google, since the French start-up recorded a total of 9.5 billion requests over 2017. In comparison, that is what the American giant reached in only three days. The way to go is thus long for the company that the French Minister for Economic Affairs, Bruno Le Maire, recognizes as a national model.