Mozilla has ditched quietly ditched Yahoo and reinstating Google as its primary search engine in its new Firefox Quantum browser.
Following a 2014 deal, Firefox has used different search engines in different territories (with the option to switch to personal preference of course), but the most prevalent was Yahoo Search.
But with the launch of Firefox 57 (aka Firefox Quantum) on Tuesday, users in many territories noted that Google has been reinstated as the browser's default search engine.
Users in the USA, Canada, Hong Kong and Taiwan are all back in the claws of Google with this release and yes, sure enough here in Blighty, we can confirm that you're a Googler by default now.
"We exercised our contractual right to terminate our agreement with Yahoo based on a number of factors including doing what's best for our brand, our effort to provide quality web search, and the broader content experience for our users," said Mozilla chief business and legal officer Denelle Dixon in a statement
"We believe there are opportunities to work with Oath and Verizon outside of search.
"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, Canada, Hong Kong and Taiwan. With over 60 search providers pre-installed as defaults or secondary options across more than 90 language versions, Firefox has more choice in search providers than any other browser."
Early reviews for Firefox Quantum have been good, but whether it will bring the brand back into contention alongside Google Chrome, which is far and away the most dominant search engine right now, remains to be seen.
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