How's the Viasat Sparrow browser working for you?

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Many of you have been trying our new, super-fast "Sparrow" browser in our ongoing beta test. As we work to make it even better, we'd love to hear your thoughts about it.
How does its performance compare with other browsers?

(Here's a link to see some of our comparisons.)

Curious to try it?  Send an email to projectsparrow@viasat.com
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Alex, Viasat Corporate Communications

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WoodyStrokerCat .

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I sent them an email about Sparrow 3 hours a go and haven't heard anything.
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Old Labs (VS1-329-L12FZ)

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You don't need to email anymore. Just go to the following, download and install:

https://browser.viasat.com/

It's now called the Viasat browser, not Sparrow.
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WoodyStrokerCat .

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Thanks!
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David S.

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I have a question about my Viasat Browser. "Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly" doesn't this setting use more data by resolving links in the background with Viasats dns servers? I remember reading a post by wm4bama in the old Wildblue/Exede World Forum where he says he disables this setting on Chrome.

Other than that it works great. Will there be a x64 version of this browser anytime soon?
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DavidBrowserGuy, Browser Expert

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We recommend that users keep this setting enabled as it will make your pages load much faster.

We don't have a date for an x64 version of the browser but are actively working on Android and iOS versions.
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Jim16

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Getting some very strange things happening when using the browser.  Switched to Firefox and it seems to not happen.  These black squares change when I scroll up and down.



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Bev, Champion

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Did you try disabling UBlock to see if that's causing the issue? That page is fine in the Viasat Browser for me.
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DavidBrowserGuy, Browser Expert

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Hi Jim,
I'm wondering if this is a GPU-related issue.  Please try going to viasat://settings and then to Advanced Settings and try turning off "Use hardware acceleration when available."  If that does not work, please click on the icon to the left of the URL bar to report a browser issue - that will send us some diagnostics.  Thanks!
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Jim16

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I will check the settings David, thanks.  I have sent a diagnostic report also.
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DavidBrowserGuy, Browser Expert

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Hi Jim,  We can confirm that this is a GPU-related issue that was picked up from the underlying Chromium base.  We will be merging a fix for this issue in an upcoming update and will post a notice on the forum when that fix is rolled out.  In the meantime, disabling hardware acceleration should fix the issue.  Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention!!
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Diana, Viasat Employee

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Thank You, David!
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Jim16

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Thanks David.  Turning off hardware acc. does the trick.
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DavidBrowserGuy, Browser Expert

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Hi there!  If you are interested in being an early beta tester for Android and iOS, please send an email to browser@viasat.com.