Mozilla announced on their blog that the “new agreement extends their long term search relationship with Google for at least three additional years.” Mozilla did not reveal any other details of the new contract.
The two company’s previous deal expired last month, though Google still remains Mozilla’s default search engine. In 2010, Mozilla revealed that Google generated 84% of their revenue, which was approximately $103 million for that year. Since Google launched its own Web browser, Chrome, in 2008, Mozilla’s dependence on the search engine has been questioned.
In the past, Google has been accused of attempting to cut Firefox out of the competition. Mozilla has not made any significant attempts to break away from Google, other than offering a “Firefox with Bing” search alternative.
Since we don’t know the terms of the new contract, the impact of the new deal won’t be apparent for quite awhile.
“Mozilla has been a valuable partner to Google over the years,” said Mozilla Senior VP of Search Alan Eustance. “We look forward to continuing the great partnership in the years to come.”