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Brave's Leo AI Assistant Now Available for Android

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Brave, the privacy-focused web browser, has expanded the availability of its AI assistant, Leo, to Android users.

This move follows the successful launch of Leo on desktop platforms, with an iOS version expected in the coming weeks.

Leo is designed to be a handy tool for Brave users, capable of answering queries, summarising webpages or videos, generating long-form content, translating or rewriting pages, transcribing audio or video content, and even writing code. The goal is to provide a versatile AI assistant that eliminates the need for users to rely on other Large Language Models (LLMs) like ChatGPT.

Leo can assist with a variety of tasks, such as planning dinner recipes, offering travel tips, comparing products before purchase, and summarising lengthy webpages for those short on time.

Brave has integrated several LLMs into Leo, including Mixtral 8x7B, Anthropic’s Claude Instant, and Meta’s Llama 2 13B. The default LLM for Leo on both desktop and Android platforms is Mixtral 8x7B, but users have the option to switch to other LLMs or upgrade to Leo Premium for higher rate limits at a cost of $14.99 per month.

Brave assures users that all interactions with Leo are private, with no chat recording or usage for model training. All requests are anonymised, and responses from Leo are discarded once generated. Users are not required to create a Brave account to use Leo, and those who opt for a subscription can rest assured that all subscriptions are validated by unlinkable tokens, ensuring Brave remains unaware of their activity or email.

To access Leo on Android, users simply need to open the Brave browser, start typing in the address bar, and click “Ask Leo.” For an on-page chat experience, users can select the three-dot menu and then tap “Leo.” Android users will need to update to version 1.63 to access Leo. The rollout will be phased over the next few days.

Brave's move mirrors that of Opera, which launched its own AI assistant, Aria, last year. Aria, developed in collaboration with OpenAI, also features a chatbot-like interface for user interaction.

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