Web browsers have realized that they are one of the best ways for users to access the current set of AI tools, so they are working hard to become the container of choice. SigmaOS, a Y Combinator-backed company that’s releasing new features like link preview snippets, pinch snippets, and a “Find” browsing feature, is banking on users’ desire to use and pay for artificial intelligence tools.

Some of these features sound and work similarly to recent releases from rival Arc browser. But SigmaOS claims its feature returns higher-quality results, a difficult metric to quantify.

The company is releasing a pinch-to-summary feature on desktop, which works a bit like Arc’s new mobile feature. While the Feature Summarizer captures parts of an Airbnb listing such as information, ratings, reviews, prices, and photos, it only provides a small snippet of information about an article, which is not enough. Arc Browser’s summary feature has its own issues with losing key information, but it works consistently across formats.

To summarize

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Mahyad Ghassemibouyaghchi, one of the company’s co-founders, said SigmaOS will adapt to different page types in the coming months and will render snippets in various formats based on the web page.

The signature feature of SigmaOS in this release is called Find. It browses the web for a given query and generates summary pages based on the information found. This is similar to Arc’s Browse for me feature, but on the desktop. A key difference is that users can ask follow-up questions to explore more information about the topic.

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Apart from this, the startup has also released hover link previews and automatic renaming of locked (pinned) pages.

Go all out for AI

Last year, SigmaOS released some AI-driven features, such as a contextual assistant called Airis that can answer your questions about web pages or the wider web.

At one point, the startup tried to monetize team-based features. Now, the company is looking to monetize its artificial intelligence capabilities. It said that AI features will be available to all users, but users at $20 per month will get better rates for AI features. For $30 per month, they will get unlimited usage and be able to choose between different models such as GPT-4, Perplexity, and Claude 3 Haiku.

Additionally, the company is now considering releasing an AI agent-like feature that will let you use the browser in hands-free mode. In a demo video, Ghassemibouyaghchi shows how users can clear their email or book an Airbnb through voice interaction with the browser. This is similar to the idea of ​​the Rabbit r1 device, designed to traverse an interface to let you complete a task.

The company also aims to build something called “repeatable processes,” which are automated actions based on triggers such as time. You can think of them as the If This Then That (IFTTT) for browsers, but this is still in the conceptual stage.

Separately, SigmaOS rival Arc, which recently raised $50 million in funding at a $550 million valuation, announced in January plans to build an AI agent that can browse the web for you.

Ghassemibouyaghchi said that more than 100,000 users are already using their product. So far, SigmaOS has raised $4 million from investors including LocalGlobe and Y Combinator. With this offering, the company aims to gain some traction and hopes to be ready for its next funding round.

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