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Brave Rolls Out AI Assistant for iPhone and iPad Users

ByHuey Yee Ong

Apr 6, 2024
Brave Rolls Out AI Assistant for iPhone and iPad Users

Brave Rolls Out AI Assistant for iPhone and iPad Users

Brave, the privacy-focused browser, is launching its AI assistant, Leo, on iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad. Leo, which was initially introduced for Android and desktop, offers a range of functionalities including answering questions, summarizing pages, content creation, and more.

Leo’s Enhanced Capabilities on iOS: Adding Voice-to-Text

What sets the iOS launch of Leo apart is the addition of voice-to-text capability, a feature not available in its Android counterpart. This functionality enables users to convert spoken words into text, eliminating the need for manual typing when interacting with the AI assistant. Brave believes that this enhancement will streamline user interactions with Leo, making it more convenient to use.

Leo’s capabilities extend beyond mere summarization of pages or videos. It can:

  • Provide answers to queries related to the content it processes
  • Generate comprehensive written reports
  • Translate or rewrite pages
  • Create transcriptions of audio or video content
  • Write code

By offering access to a built-in AI assistant, Brave aims to provide an all-encompassing solution, reducing the reliance on external services such as ChatGPT or similar alternatives.

Moreover, Leo integrates with various language models (LLMs) including:

  • Mixtral 8x7B
  • Anthropic’s Claude Instant
  • Meta’s Llama 2 13B

While Mixtral 8x7B is set as the default LLM for Leo, users have the flexibility to choose alternative LLMs or upgrade to Leo Premium, which offers higher rate limits, for a subscription fee of $14.99 per month.

Brave vs. Opera

Brave’s move to introduce Leo on iOS follows a trend in the browser industry, with Opera launching its own AI assistant called Aria in collaboration with OpenAI last year. Aria boasts a chatbot-like interface, allowing users to pose questions and receive immediate responses.

How to Access Leo on Your iOS Device

For iOS users keen to explore Leo’s capabilities, the assistant is now accessible to all users who have updated to version 1.63 of the Brave browser. To engage with Leo, users simply need to open the browser, initiate a search or query in the address bar, and select “Ask Leo.” Notably, Leo is an opt-in feature, and users retain the option to disable it via the app’s settings if desired.

With Leo’s expansion to iOS devices, Brave aims to provide a seamless and versatile browsing experience, further solidifying its position in the competitive browser market.

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Featured Image courtesy of Brave

Huey Yee Ong

Hello, from one tech geek to another. Not your beloved TechCrunch writer, but a writer with an avid interest in the fast-paced tech scenes and all the latest tech mojo. I bring with me a unique take towards tech with a honed applied psychology perspective to make tech news digestible. In other words, I deliver tech news that is easy to read.

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