In a stunning move, Mozilla declared Google as its default search engine on its Internet browser in the United States and other regions thereby terminating a three-year deal with Verizon’s Yahoo.
Mozilla claims Firefox Quantum is twice as fast as previous versions, and is “30 percent lighter” than Google Chrome.
To recall, in 2014, Mozilla came to a five-year agreement with the former search engine giant Yahoo, to make it the default search engine provider for users in the U.S. However, on Tuesday, Mozilla launched Firefox Quantum, which the company claims is twice as fast as previous versions, and is “30 percent lighter” than Google Chrome as it uses 30 percent less memory than Google Chrome.
As part of our focus on user experience and performance in Firefox Quantum, Google will also become our new default search provider in the United States and Canada, Mozilla said in its blog. “With more than 60 search providers pre-installed across more than 90 languages, Firefox has more choice in search providers than any other browser.”
Further, Mozilla announced it has made "many, many performance improvements in the browser’s core and shipped a new CSS engine, Stylo, that takes better advantage of today’s hardware with multiple cores that are optimized for low power consumption."
The Mountain View, California-based tech giant confirmed the move but declined along with Mozilla, to disclose revenue-sharing terms of the multiyear agreement. In the meanwhile, Verizon admitted Mozilla’s move to end the Yahoo agreement took it by surprise. "We are surprised that Mozilla has decided to take another path, and we are in discussions with them regarding the terms of our agreement," said Charles Stewart, a spokesman for Verizon's Oath unit, which oversees Yahoo.
Here’s a look at the new Firefox browser in action: