Google is back to being the default search engine on Mozilla Firefox, a slot that till now was being held by Yahoo. The change reflects on both the desktop and mobile versions of the browser and applies to users in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
The change in the default search engine marks the launch of the new Firefox Quantum. Mozilla said it is a new advanced version of its existing Firefox browser which it claims to be 30 percent lighter compared to segment leader, Google Chrome.
Mozilla explained the move saying this has been done keeping in mind the best interest of its users as well as the future prospect of its own brand. Denelle Dixon, the chief business, and legal officer at Mozilla further explained the content experience of its users too has been a factor in their move to part ways with Yahoo. Dixon though expressed optimism there are other areas where Mozilla and Verizon can still find a common meeting ground to work together.
Verizon meanwhile has expressed surprise at the development, which sort of proves it has been Mozilla’s own call, with the new Yahoo owners kept out of the loop entirely. Google is yet to react to the new scheme of things while there is no word either as to what the financial terms of the deal with Mozilla is like.
Verizon also said they are still in discussion with Yahoo over the terms of the deal though it is not clear yet if things could boil down to a legal tussle between the two. Experts who claim to have some insight at the original deals inked between Yahoo and Mozilla back in 2015 claim the latter to have the right to make a unilateral call over the matter.
The deal also required Yahoo to pay $375 million to Mozilla in 2015, with the amount likely to be largely the same for the subsequent years as well. The deal was to be valid until 2019.
Mozilla hopes its new and improved Firefox Quantum together with Google as the choice of default search engine should prove to be a worthy alternative to Chrome. Firefox has emerged as a distant second in the browser wars with Chrome leading the way with over 60 percent market share in the US.