Google and Opera extend search provider deal

Modern web browsers all have their own built in search field, with the ability to change the search provider as and when required. IE has Bing as its default search provider, with Chrome, Firefox and Opera all using Google as their default.

Google Inc. and Opera Software ASA have extended their existing short term deal, signed in November 2009, allowing Google to be the default search provider in the Opera browser until August 1st 2014.

Current statistics for web browser market share show Opera to be the least used browser, commanding only 2.2% of the overall market. IE and Chrome are fighting it out for the number one spot, with 28.6% and 28.3% respectively.

Google have also updated their deals with Mozilla to power the searches in its Firefox browser, despite Chrome enjoying fantastic growth.

Source: Reuters

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lomas said,

well, who doesn't like Chrome?


Anyone who values his or her privacy.
Anyone who does not like the sleesbag ways Google uses to promote its software/services.
Anyone with half a brain.

lomas said,

well, who doesn't like Chrome?

Me.

I don't like browsers that install into programdata to avoid security and propagate themselves in corporate environments. That sucks and it's downright sneaky. There's a "special" installer that installs to a hard coded program files path but Google don't want you to use it.
Google are quite happy to ignore Windows guidelines and your safety for their own gain..

People use it because it installs itself automatically with software installs like Avast and people are too dense to do anything but click next.

Shadowzz said,

Anyone who values his or her privacy.
Anyone who does not like the sleesbag ways Google uses to promote its software/services.
Anyone with half a brain.

Your privacy is going to matter when your dead.

Also even IF they were "spying" on you or something why would it matter?, once it did not have a rebound effect on you. And lets say it is "with out your knowledge" / " nothing bad comes of it,etc " / "the details collected goes towards helping google services , making your experience even better.

JAB Creations said,
People use it because it installs itself automatically with software installs like Avast and people are too dense to do anything but click next.

Well I like it because of the smooth UI with no random lagging/crashes/etc.
I use a power PC (built from home) and with firefox , firefox was so dam slow (not as in download/upload speed pages,etc but the UI and everything overall. random crashes, slow UI , laggy , big , etc.
however I still use firefox but if it was not so god dam laggy and low framrates.

also:
I loved the IE 10 metro, very smooth... much more smoother than chrome and nice font smoothing.

EdenHerman said,

Your privacy is going to matter when your dead.

Also even IF they were "spying" on you or something why would it matter?, once it did not have a rebound effect on you. And lets say it is "with out your knowledge" / " nothing bad comes of it,etc " / "the details collected goes towards helping google services , making your experience even better.

Stop using Chrome. It's bad.

SlimShady said,
But is Google gonna stop promoting Chrome aggressively for Opera visitors/users?

Offcourse not, thats how they gained a userbase to begin with by stealing away FF users.
And even now, I visit youtube with IE9/10, youtube basically tells forcibly to upgrade to Chrome as according to them, I'm using IE7 which is a big issue to them.
Also going to google.com getting shuffed a big f*cking ad 'go chrome its better' or 'browse the internet faster, get chrome' or download Flash (like allot of people do) and forget to disable the checkbox... BWAM chrome your default browser, same for adobe reader, same for ccleaner, same for defragler, same for speccy, same for ... same for ... same for ...

Dont pay attention just ONCE and Chrome is your default browser...
I also found that even tho I installed chrome for a few, started IE, put IE back as default browser.... reboot... start IE and it asks me again 'want IE to be your default browser'

These are f'd up tactics which people f*cking cheer for, what the hell is wrong with people nowadays, NO way Google would get away with doing any of these things 15 years ago....

Does not matter what the default search is. The Right Click + Create Search option to create Search Keywords in Opera is one feature that I cannot give up. Besides Opera is still the fastest of all the browsers for me.