Firefox Makes Google Default Search Engine in Russia

June 8th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Mozilla is set to roll out its latest version of Firefox browser (version 14) in Russia and a big change will go along with it: Google will become its default search engine, kicking local site Yandex off its throne. This is not the end of the three-year Firefox-Yandex affair, though, as the Russia-based Internet service will become the second listed in the search bar.

Yandex, which holds approximately 60 percent of market share in Russia, has tricks of its own. The company announced that it will continue to develop and distribute its own customized Firefox browser, with Yandex as the default search engine (pictured), at least until the end of 2012 when the commercial agreement between Yandex and Mozilla expires.

Despite the setback, Yandex reps claim that Mozilla’s decision will not significantly impact its market share in Russia, estimating a 1.5-percent loss over a couple of months.

It remains a mystery, however, on how Google (which has about 26.5 percent market share in the country) was able to snag that significant default search engine spot on Firefox.

Source: The Next Web, via Engadget


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