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Sony Signs Chrome Browser Deal With Google

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 54 comments

Sony has signed a deal with Google that will see the computer maker ship machines with the Chrome browser pre-installed.

Sony today said that all of its Vaio-brand PCs sold in the U.S. will ship with Google's Chrome as their default Web browser. The deal marks a first for Google, as the search company has never forged such a deal with a computer maker before. First reported in the Financial Times, a Google spokesperson confirmed the reports and called the deal "experimental," continuing on to say that the search giant is in talks with other manufacturers regarding similar deals.

How many of you use Google Chrome? More importantly, would you choose Chrome as your default browser if it were already installed on your computer when you bought it. Let us know in the comments below!

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    doomtomb , September 1, 2009 3:08 PM
    I still use FireFox, I like the add-ons and I'm familiar with it. Although I'd take Chrome over Internet Explorer any day.
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    zak_mckraken , September 1, 2009 3:01 PM
    Chrome has been my default browser for the past 3-4 months. I like it so far despite one minor bug (screen not displaying some objects properly, alt-tabing solves this) and the fact that I have to open a new tab to select a link from my favorites folder. Besides that, it's quite fast, clean and stable.
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    truehighroller , September 1, 2009 3:06 PM
    Great, just what we need DRM on our Browser now too. LMAO
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    doomtomb , September 1, 2009 3:08 PM
    I still use FireFox, I like the add-ons and I'm familiar with it. Although I'd take Chrome over Internet Explorer any day.
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    jesseiscanadian , September 1, 2009 3:09 PM
    I have used Chrome as my default browser at work since day 1. The tab organization is fantastic and good for dual monitors as you can create new windows with a click and drag. It is fast and stable, and in the "handful" of times i've have a webpage lock the browser up you can simply close the tab rather then the whole browser process. Would definitly use it out of the box, now using a Sony is a different story...
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    puddleglum , September 1, 2009 3:11 PM
    Sure, I'll try what ever is there, but I'm still going to install what I want. ;)  This really only affect people too scared, lazy, or non-technically inclined to do the same.
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    volks1470 , September 1, 2009 3:12 PM
    It's an interesting deal. I bet some people won't even know how to get on the internet without the internet explorer icon, lol.

    I try to use firefox, but just about everyday I find myself using Chrome because firefox just doesn't work anymore. Firefox can't load certain things and can't properly load pages. The only thing keeping me using it is ADBLOCK+!!! Oh it's so nice...
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    tektek , September 1, 2009 3:13 PM
    Variety is good.. just make sure we can go online and d/l whatever browser we want... now if vendors would actually sign a deal to NOT LAOD BLOATWARE.. that would be nice news!
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    ssalim , September 1, 2009 3:13 PM
    Someone's going to sue them over this...
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    dman3k , September 1, 2009 3:18 PM
    hopefully, we'll also get chrome on the PS3... what a crappy browser we have right now...
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    hellwig , September 1, 2009 3:26 PM
    Never used chrome, but I suppose this is a step in the right direction. I'd rather see Sony offer up other browser choices too, but I guess Mozilla and Opera don't have the bucks Google does.
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    tayb , September 1, 2009 3:28 PM
    So... do Mozilla and Opera whine about this or is it only when IE is the default browser that they whine? Seems to me the whining precedent they have set is they want to user to be able to CHOOSE a browser with the machine and not have one pre-installed.
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    tayb , September 1, 2009 3:28 PM
    Oh, and I thought this was talking about the PS3. Too bad.
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    fulle , September 1, 2009 3:29 PM
    Chrome's probably the fastest browser I have, clean, and I like the way it opens tabs and components in individual processes... but, it just doesn't have the compatibility yet, since its a new browser. So, the first thing I'd do on one of those Sony's is download Firefox.
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    r3t4rd , September 1, 2009 3:29 PM
    IE6 works perfectly for me. I browse my LAN all the time and no Viruses etc. Doesn't Chrome like oxidize in 2-3yrs or so if you don't wash it? I suppose that is the incentive for Sony to make people purchase thier products every 2-3 yrs. Makes sense.
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    backbydemand , September 1, 2009 3:31 PM
    How is this any differant than MS having IE bundled, is it because the OEM has more authority on what goes on a pre-built system?

    Imagine Dell, HP and Acer all decide to use IE as their default, the EU wouldn't have a leg to stand on.
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    Gin Fushicho , September 1, 2009 3:48 PM
    I usually use MFF just because I'm used to the UI and it has a bookmark toolbar. (which I use a LOT) But if Google chrome was a default browser.. you bet your balls I'd use it.
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    zshift , September 1, 2009 3:50 PM
    I hate to break it to you guys, but this has been going on for a while now. I work at Best Buy and every new Sony Vaio laptop we've received for the past 3-4 weeks have had chrome pre-installed and setup as the default browser. Also, these new models have WAY less crap-ware installed than most other brands. Seems like Sony is finally making a turnaround and giving quality TLC to their "premium" laptops.
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    JohnnyLucky , September 1, 2009 3:57 PM
    Chrome? Who needs bling? I prefer classic black. It's soooo sexy!
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    jjchmiel78 , September 1, 2009 4:00 PM
    I like Chrome for general browsing. I use it at work daily. Very stable and so fast when compared to firefox and IE. I just bought my mom a used laptop since she wants a computer but this is her first computer. It has XP on it and I installed chrome as her default browser since it is safer than IE simple and clean to use for her needs. With that said I use firefox at home since it more compatable with websites and oh all those plug ins that help me out. Still when I am at home and just want to pop on real quick and not do heavy browsing I use chrome at home.
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    citizenx , September 1, 2009 4:00 PM
    originally used Firefox started using chrome about a month after it was released and i never turned back. Google Rocks!!!
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