All of my favorite features of DDG (other than the privacy) are gone with this update. I registered just to comment that I will be looking for a new default search engine, and may come back to DDG to see if it is any better at a future date. By "better" I mean:
1) Bring back the drop down menu. That was my favorite feature, as it allowed me to quickly switch between sites. The auto suggest is NOT a good replacement for this (and I agree with many others that the auto suggest is annoying. The lack of an auto suggest feature was one of the reasons I liked DDG in the first place).
2) Change the format. The new one looks horrible, and I can only see 4-5 sites on the page at one time, even if I change the text size to small. Compare this to the 7-8 per page on StartPage and 8-9 per page on Google.
3) Make it easier to get to the images, videos, maps, etc.; not just see a small strip at the top of the search page (without having to use the !Bangs).
4) Stop changing which tabs are at the top of the page (e.g. images, maps, etc.) based on what I search for. If I want to search for "cat," and then look it up on maps for some strange reason, this should be easy to do.
5) If auto suggest is the only drop down menu we will get, make it so the ! works in the small in-browser search box. Otherwise I have to search for a term, then on the search results page, type in another term. Much more time consuming.
I don't hate updates, but I do hate updates that remove all of the functionality which made me use a program in the first place. I hope DDG can correct some of these unfortunate mistakes so I can come back to DDG at some point... I liked the old version so much!