Free Ride? In Europe, Google Will Remain Firefox Search Default Despite No Deal

By Danny Sullivan


How much does it cost to be Mozilla’s Firefox search provider in Europe? Perhaps nothing — because Google will continue to be the provider there despite not having any formal deal with Mozilla come this December.

Yesterday, it was big news that Mozilla announced new deals making Yahoo the default search provider for Firefox in the US, Yandex for Russia and Baidu for China. Previously, Google had been the provider in all these countries.

While no terms were disclosed, the Google deal has earned hundreds of millions of dollars for Mozilla over the year. It’s expected that Yahoo, at least, will be paying the same.

But Mozilla’s blog post about the news made no mention of the situation in Europe, nor South America, Africa, much of Asia and the rest of the world.

In an interview with Search Engine Land, Mozilla CEO Chris Beard confirmed that Google would continue to be the search default in Europe. That made it seem likely that Mozilla had signed a new deal for Google in that area but just didn’t want to be public about it.

It turns out there’s no deal with Google at all. In an email today, a Mozilla spokesperson got in touch to clarify there is no deal. From the statement I was sent:

In most European countries, Firefox users will not see a change. In the US, Yahoo will become the default search, Baidu in China and Yandex in Russia. We’re proud to offer more choices than any other browser and as always, all Firefox users are free to change the search provider to fit their choice.

Our current financial relationship with Google around search will expire following the end of the current agreement (see December 2011 announcement here).

The first part of that says nothing that wasn’t in the blog post. It’s the …read more

Source:: SearchEngineLand


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