Brave Launches AI Assistant “Leo” on Desktop Version

AI-powered assistant Leo is now available on Brave's desktop browser, providing a wide range of user-friendly functionalities.

Brave, the open-source Chromium-based browser, has officially introduced its AI-powered assistant, Leo, to enhance user experiences on its desktop version. Leo offers a wide array of capabilities, such as real-time webpage summarization, detailed content queries, website translation and analysis, all driven by the Large Language Model (LLM) Llama 2, developed by Meta and Microsoft.

The preview of the AI assistant Leo was initially launched via Brave’s developer channel Nightly in August, allowing “tens of thousands of users” to provide valuable feedback for improvements. Now, the refined version of Leo is accessible to all users, enabling them to access information, solve problems, and create content with ease.

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The newly launched Leo, available in desktop version 1.60, brings improvements in response times and answer quality. It features a user-friendly interface tailored to enhance the user experience, enabling users to perform a wide range of tasks seamlessly. Importantly, Leo respects Brave’s privacy-centric features, ensuring that users’ interactions with Leo remain “private, anonymous, and secure.”

This commitment to privacy means that Leo does not record chats or utilize the information or messages for language model training. Users do not need an account or login to utilize Leo, emphasizing the privacy-first approach that Brave is known for.

Brian Bondy, Co-founder of Brave, highlighted the importance of prioritizing data privacy in the era of AI, stating, “AI can be a powerful tool, but it can also raise growing concerns about data privacy.” Leo addresses these concerns by offering a privacy-focused solution.

To access Leo’s services, no additional applications or extensions are required; it is seamlessly integrated into the browser. Users can interact with Leo through the browser’s address bar by clicking on the “Ask Leo” option or through a chat-style sidebar using the “Brave Sidebar” icon.

The rollout of Brave’s AI assistant, Leo, will occur in phases over the next few days, with plans to extend its availability to mobile devices in the iOS and Android versions of the browser in the coming months.

Leo Premium: Unlocking Advanced AI Conversations

In addition to the standard Leo AI assistant, Brave has also introduced Leo Premium, a subscription-based version designed to provide advanced AI conversational experiences. Priced at $15 per month, Leo Premium offers access to “next-generation” AI assistant Claude Instant from Anthropic.

Leo Premium caters to users seeking additional language models beyond Llama 2 and aims to provide longer, structured responses. Claude Instant is known for its capabilities in logical reasoning and coding, ensuring a more robust AI conversation.

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Brave intends to add more available models for Leo Premium users, along with higher rate limits, higher conversation quality, priority queues during peak usage times, and early access to new features and enhancements.

Brave’s Leo and Leo Premium not only exemplify the browser’s commitment to privacy but also mark a significant step forward in making AI-driven assistance readily available for users, ensuring a seamless browsing experience with enhanced capabilities.

For more information about Leo and Leo Premium, please visit Brave’s official website or update your Brave browser to its latest version.

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