Sony to become distribution partner for Google's Chrome browser
According to a newspaper report, Google has signed an agreement with Sony to pre-install the Chrome browser on computers supplied by the Japanese electronics manufacturer. According to the Financial Times, this is the first time Google has entered into such an agreement. The first Vaio laptops with Chrome pre-installed are reported to have already been delivered. Google is also reported to be in talks with other manufacturers with the aim of making similar deals. Google has previously collaborated with PC makers such as Dell to boost the profile of its search engine by pre-installing its desktop applications and toolbar and has been looking for partners to install the Chrome browser since 2008.
Google publicly released Chrome almost exactly a year ago. The company expects its browser to play an increasingly important role over time, as ever more applications are used over the internet to connect to cloud computing and software-as-a-service offerings. So far, according to market researchers such as Net Applications, Google's browser has achieved a market share of just 3 per cent – the deal with Sony is clearly aimed at changing this. The Japanese company is also standing by Google in the legal dispute over its digitisation project.