Google has increased the stake in its appeal to Firefox users to restore its search engine as the default embedding a prominent plea above the search results. The entreaty appears after executing a search from Google.com in Firefox when the browser has Yahoo as its default provider.
The alert on the screen stated, “Switch your default search engine to Google.” When the user clicked the ‘Learn how’ button given below, they are provided with instructions to change the provider.
The latest ‘please-come-back’ plead seems to be more strong this time than the earlier version by Google. In January, Google asked Firefox users if they wanted to reset their home page or change their default search engine to Google. Those appeals appeared in small banners atop the google.com page, not within the search results.
Google’s share had fallen down by several percentage, ever since Mozilla (Firefox maker) signed a deal with Yahoo last year that made Yahoo the default search engine for most U.S. users. Google had long been the Firefox’s default search engine until then.
According to Irish analytics vendor StatCounter and US-based comScore, Yahoo gained U.S search share during each of the first two months after Mozilla changed the default on Dec 1, 2014. But Yahoo’s growth at Google’s expense may have peaked. Two weeks ago, StatCounter noted that Yahoo’s overall U.S share had dropped to 10.7% from 10.9% in January, while Google’s share increased 1/10th of a percentage to 74.9%.
StatCounter also tracked a downturn in Yahoo searches from within Firefox. In February, U.S Yahoo-on-Firefox usage was 27.3%, down from 28.3% the month prior. Meanwhile, Google-on-Firefox usage was 65.1%, up from 63.9% in January.
Prior to the Mozilla-Yahoo agreement, U.S Yahoo-on-Firefox usage was just 9.9%, while Google-on-Firefox stood at 81.9%.