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Google Dumped by Firefox for Yandex

Firefox & Google

Firefox is planning to choose Yandex (Google’s Rival) as the default search provider for all Russian firefox users.

Google is currently the default search engine for in the Russian Firefox, but according to the blog post by Mozilla’s General Counsel Harvey Anderson – Yandex is a far better choice.

He writes:

Over the past few months, we have listened to feedback, talked with our localizers, studied the trends of our Firefox Yandex builds, and reviewed the Yandex user experience. All this activity led us to the conclusion that our Russian users really wanted direct access to the Yandex search services in official Firefox RU builds…….As a result, we’re planning on setting Yandex as the default search provider for the Firefox 3.1 Russian locale builds…..

CNet reports that, Mozilla gets over 90% of its revenue from Google under a revenue sharing partnership with Google’s search advertisements. In 2007, this revenue from Google was reported $66 million of Mozilla’s total revenue of $75 million.

Now I wonder whether this whole move of making Yandex the default engine in Russia will make their ‘already completed relation‘, more complicated. Mozilla has a “reasonable” relationship with long-time partner Google , but the launch of Google’s browser Chrome has made it more complicated admitted Mozilla’s chief executive.

In last December Mozilla’s Cheif Executive, John Lilly said in a statement:

We have a fine and reasonable relationship. But I’d be lying if I said that things weren’t more complicated than they used to be.


  • Reply Shirley |

    Very interesting move by Firefox. However, I don’t know how smart it is. Google gives them the majority of their revenue. And even if this is their rather poor answer to Chrome, ‘angering’ Google will not help them. I mean, how else will they raise money if they don’t have a Google partnership?

    Of course, they could partner with another search engine… but really… they’d have to accept lower compensation terms.

So, what do you think ?