Search engine giant Google Inc. (GOOGL)’s lost few shares in the U.S. Internet search market last month while Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) reported it’s largest share since 2009.
According to analytics firm StatCounter Google’s U.S. search market fell to 75.2 percent in December from 79.3 percent a year ago, while Yahoo jumped to 10.4 percent from 7.4 percent. This drop represents Google smallest share of the U.S search market since 2008.
The fallout in search was as result of Yahoo making a deal with Mozilla Firefox in November of last year which saw Yahoo replacing Google as the default search engine on Firefox browsers in the U.S. Google had been the automatic search option for Firefox since 2004.
“The move by Mozilla has had a definite impact on U.S. search,” StatCounter Chief Executive Officer Aodhan Cullen said. “The question now is whether Firefox users switch back to Google.”
Firefox users represented slightly more than 12 percent of U.S. Internet usage in December, according to StatCounter.
Representatives from Yahoo and Google declined to comment..