Google Will Remain Opera's Default Search Engine Through 2014

opera-browser-logoNorwegian web browser firm Opera is sticking with Google as its default search engine for at least another two years.

Opera said that it has extended the deal, though it called this a new agreement, to use Google as the default search engine in both its mobile and desktop web browsers until August 1, 2014.

This new agreement carries on the one the firms have had since November 2009 and will see Opera promote "various Google products and services."

The deal is probably bigger for Opera than it is for Google. Google after all has its own web browser and its name is already synonymous with search.

According to figures from analysis outfit Netmarketshare, Opera Mini has about half as many mobile and tablet users as Google's Android web browser, with around 9 percent compared to around 20 percent, respectively.

On the desktop the divide is wider and StatCounter gives Opera 1.7 percent of users against Chrome's 38 percent.

This post originally appeared on The Inquirer.

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