Sony Vaios to ship with Google Chrome finish

Google has stepped up plans to distribute its Chrome web browser released last year in a deal with Sony's PC making division.

Google has stepped up plans to distribute its Chrome web browser released last year in a deal with Sony's PC making division.

The Chrome browser underpins Google's efforts to expand from search to applications as part of a broader business diversification, according to analysts.

Google is trying to boost the number of Chrome users, particularly as it is designed to run web-based applications such as Google Apps, and is in talks with other PC makers besides Sony, according to the Financial Times.

Chrome is estimated to have around 30 million active users, but this accounts for only 2% of the browser market, compared with the 68% share of Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

Google said in a statement that the firm is exploring ways to make Chrome accessible to a wider group of users.

In the deal with Sony, the Google Chrome browser will be shipped with all new Vaio PCs. In May, Sony said it expected Vaio sales to reach six million units in the next year.

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