Sony (NYSE: SNE) has agreed to put Google’s Chrome browser on new Vaio PCs in the first of what is likely to be several distribution deals that Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is counting on to boost the market share of its internet browser. The FT, which first reported on the deal, says that Google is also in talks with other PC makers to pre-install Chrome on new computers. A Google spokesman tells us it’s a “test” and that the company is “continuing to explore ways to make Chrome accessible to even more people.”
While Chrome has been well regarded since its debut, its market share is paltry. The latest Net Applications’ figures show that Chrome had about 2.59 percent of the browser market in July, up from 1 percent a year ago. By contrast, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer had 67.7 percent of the market — and with the debut of Internet Explorer 8 has finally managed to stop losing share.