12/5 Update: According to AllThingsD today, Mozilla and Google are still actively negotiating a Firefox search deal.
Original Post: Over the past three days, internet browser Firefox has been in the news quite a bit- and not much of it good…
First, PCWorld tells us that Firefox lost its position as the second-most used browser to Chrome.
A day later, we find out from zdnet that Firefox is finding that some users don’t like their recent product changes and are refusing to upgrade from v 3.6 to v 8.0.1.
Finally, ReadWriteWeb writes that Google may have not renewed their 3-year agreement to keep it the default search engine of Firefox. This agreement accounts for 84% of Firefox’s revenue, so a non-renewal is a bit problematic for Mozilla.
On top of slipping in the desktop browser rankings, users that don’t like the product redesign and potentially losing 84% of their revenue, Mozilla has played very little in the mobile world to date. If you have read any of the trend predictions, you’ll know that mobile is predicted to continue its massive growth spurt through 2012. Mozilla needs to make some quick repositioning if they want to continue to compete against Microsoft, Google and Apple.
So what do you think? Is Firefox in trouble?