Yahoo Sees Jump in Firefox Searches

Just days after Yahoo replaced Google as the default search engine on Firefox as part of a five-year Mozilla partnership, Yahoo search was used three times as often on Firefox 34 than Firefox 33, according to website analytics company StatCounter.

The report found that on December 2, American Firefox users predominantly searched with Google, though significantly less so as they upgraded to version 34: 63.5 percent, versus the previous 82.1 percent. Bing searches also went down slightly, while Yahoo made up the difference, jumping from 9.6 percent to 29.4 percent.

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“At the moment the change is having a negligible impact on overall search share in the U.S., but if this early usage trend on Firefox 34 continues, then Yahoo could be on course to gain a number of percentage points,” says Aodhan Cullen, chief executive (CEO) of StatCounter, adding that Firefox 34 is still in its infancy.

Across all browsers on Monday, Google had 78 percent of the search share; Bing, 12.4 percent; and Yahoo, 7.9 percent.

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