Meet Act II of Arc Browser
Meet Act II of Arc Browser

Meet Act II of Arc Browser


Arc Browser introduces a revolutionary browsing experience by combining the functionalities of a web browser, search engine, and web page into a single tool. It aims to improve user experience by anticipating needs and providing relevant content through features like instant links, "browse for me", live folders, and Ark Explore.


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Feb 1, 2024 10:04 PM
Key points

- Arc Browser is a new type of browser that combines the functionalities of a web browser, search engine, and webpage into a single tool. - The browser aims to improve user experience by browsing the internet on behalf of the user and delivering relevant content. - It introduces features like instant links, "browse for me", live folders, and Arc Explore. - The browser anticipates user needs and brings the information directly to the user, eliminating the need for manual searching. - The browser is designed to save time and make the internet browsing experience more efficient. - Arc Browser is available as a mobile app and offers features like browsing for information, creating live folders, and using instant links. - The browser is constantly evolving, and new features are being added regularly.


Imagine you have a special tool called ARC that helps you explore the internet. It's like having a superhero friend who can find things for you really fast. ARC combines a web browser, search engine, and web pages all in one, so you can find what you're looking for without wasting time. It's like having a magic computer that knows exactly what you want and brings it to you. So, instead of searching and clicking a lot, ARC does the work for you and makes the internet a lot more fun and easy to use!

Story as summary

Once upon a time in a bustling city called Arcadia, there existed a visionary company known as Arc Browser. They were on a mission to redefine the way people experienced the internet. In this city, where technology thrived, a team of brilliant minds worked tirelessly to create something extraordinary. The story begins with Mark and Josh, the founders of Arc Browser, preparing to unveil their groundbreaking creation. They had spent years developing a browser that could browse for users, combining the functionalities of a web browser, search engine, and webpage into one seamless tool. Their aim was simple: to save users time and deliver relevant content effortlessly. As the launch approached, they invited a select group of people to experience the magic firsthand. Among them was Lily, a curious individual always on the lookout for new possibilities. With skepticism in her eyes, she challenged the team to prove the browser's capabilities. To her surprise, the browser exceeded her expectations, bringing back search results instantly and even creating custom web pages tailored to her needs. Inspired by this innovation, Lily imagined a world where browsing the internet was effortless. She envisioned a browser that anticipated her desires and delivered information without the need for manual searches. The possibilities seemed endless, and she couldn't help but marvel at the seamless integration of a browser, search engine, and web pages. In the end, Arc Browser's transformative technology not only revolutionized the way people browsed the internet but also showcased the power of merging different elements into a unified experience. Lily realized that this browser was more than just a tool; it was a symbol of progress and efficiency. It reminded her that embracing innovation could lead to extraordinary outcomes and that the future of browsing was just beginning. And so, in the city of Arcadia, the story of Arc Browser continued, with each new update and feature bringing people closer to a world where browsing was effortless and tailored to their needs.

full transcript

[SIGH] What's that?

What's up?

And whenever you're ready.

Today, after four years of foundational work, we're pulling the future forward, introducing a brand new category of software.

It's a browser that browsers for you.

We're combining the three essential elements of the internet-- a web browser, search engines, and web pages-- into a single cohesive tool, all designed to save you time and save you time.

And-- Sorry.

We started filming this video like every other tech announcement we've ever seen.

Because that's what you do when you have something big you want to share with the world, right?

To Bravo, take one.


God, it sounds like we're going to space.

Here is our vision.

It's really simple.

You tell ARC what you're trying to do, and ARC will go and do it for you.

Why go to a search engine when we can bring the links directly to you?

Why read a web page when we can retent in the same amount of time?

What you're about to see today are four brand new features-- the T's.

But despite our best efforts, this format just didn't feel quite right.

But despite our best efforts, this didn't feel quite right.

How was that?


From the top or just from this section?

From the-- [INAUDIBLE] OK, cool.

A week before launch, we invited some ARC members in Los Angeles to get a first look at what we mean by a browser, the browsers for you.

I've never done this before.

So-- Neither have we.

If you actually say, hey, blank page, forget what a browser is a search engine, how do we bring you what you want as quickly as possible?

I think we can do better.

You say true detective, season four trailer, shift enter.

And we're going to go out and search the internet for you.

And we're just going to bring it back right to your site bar.

Oh, amazing.

And so you tell ARC what you're looking for, and we'll go grab it for you.

As we were talking about before, preparing for like, how do we do a tech keynote?

Well, let's re-watch the videos of Steve Jobs unveiling the Macintosh, iPhone.

What's another one we can-- I'm not blanking. iPhone. iPad, there we go.

And just instead of pressing enter, you just say shift enter.

And it's going to go out to the internet.

And it's going to bring four videos right back to your site bar.

We got the Macintosh, we got the iPod, we got the iPhone, and we got the iPad.

Right in my sidebar, I didn't have to do four different searches.

It's your agent.


I mean, that's pretty amazing.

Because essentially, that's what you would have an intern do.

Search engines make a whole lot of money when you stop at that middleman web page.

And just check out a few ads really quickly.

But if we start and just say, what does the person want, and how do we do it as quickly as possible, just put it right there when you ask for it.

Let's say one was considering to buy a Vision Pro.

For $3,000, the strap is free to their face.

Folder of Vision Pro reviews.

Because if I'm spending that much money, I've got to make sure it's really worth it.

So I tell Eric what I wanted.


Now that I did a go out and browsed for me, it brought it back and made a folder.

It titled the folder.

And I got five different reviews in here, including from Reddit.

I can just click through and quickly check it out.

Stop it.

Is that wild?

That's a game changer feature.

Things that it can do for you.

Some would say Josh is pretty good at explaining things.

But sometimes you just need to land the point.

So I know what you're thinking, because I'm thinking the same thing.

If this is such a brilliant idea, why has no one ever done it yet?


It always has to do with money.

So rewind.


It's 2008.

And Google, the protagonist of our hair story, is this.

And thanks to AdWords and Cheryl Sandberg, their search engine is now this.


I'm a cow.

And being the smart, very observant people that they are, realized if you also own this, you can point a hell of a lot more eyeballs back to this.

Such a change, a change, a change.

Chrome couldn't do anything that decreased the amount of times that you searched in this box.

But aren't there other web browsers?

What about them?

Yes, correct.

Excellent question.

Because they make their money.

They make in Google the default search engine and their URL bar.

So even when it has nothing to do with search, it all goes back to search.

And the whole web stopped evolving.

I rest my case.

What's going to happen next?

When I talked about the idea of if you combine a browser, a search engine, and a web page, and you blend it into a seamless tool, this feature is kind of that to its extreme.

So let's just say I want a reservation at either Lilia, Lama Inn, or King's Imperial.

Why don't you just tell ARC what you're looking for?

And then it will go and it will go browse the web for you.

And it will do whatever it needs to do.

It'll click on whatever buttons.

It'll go wherever it needs to go.

And then bring it right back to you.

So this is it telling you all of the places on the internet it went.

Stop it.

Click on it.


You'll notice it's already filled it in.

So I just hit reply like it's a what's that thread.

I say are a few chief dishes that I might consider cooking.

King, you're thinking with the internet.

And look what it did.

So it's like it's really did its research.

But let's just say I'm like, all right, a rose chofa.

Like that sounds really delicious.

Like I want to make that.

It went a step further.

It's now going to go out to the internet.

And it's going to say, all right, if you actually want to make this dish, well, you're going to need a bunch of things.

You're going to need recipes.

You're going to need ingredients.

You're going to need-- you might want a video of how to make it.

And now you just have this really clean ingredient list.


If you're like, I don't really trust that because who made this from it?


Here's three of the New York Times cooking.

Go check the New York Times cooking one.

And if you're like, all right, I'm in cooking step by step recipes.

It's just amazing.

My husband is going to be so much more calm.

Because you know-- The decision making.

The decision making has 20 tabs open looking for reviews for things.

Let's go try it the old way.

Winter soup recipes.

What does it bring back?

It has to bring back soups.

It brings back listicles.

It brings back a bunch of listicles.

But let's just say, all right, it's an extra click.

What's the big deal?

You're used to it.

Well, again, I've got to pop up asking me to sign in.

Got to scroll down a bunch.

And look, all this SEO content, just so it can rank highly in search results.

I keep going down.

I keep going down.

Oh, big advertisement.

And I go all the way down.

And I got one soup recipe.

But let's just say it's a perfect suggestion.

And I want Swedish meatball soup.

And I'm back to the same thing.

I got a bunch of social share buttons.

Got to scroll down even more.


Don't forget to pin this recipe.

I got an auto-playing video.

I got an ad here.

Just another ad.

And so you just tell us what you want.

And we go pull that stuff for 10 different soups at once and bring it right to where you are.

We browse for you.

[MUSIC PLAYING] So remember, there are three fundamental parts of the internet.

There's the web browser.

It's our container.

There are web pages.

It's the information, the photos, the videos, the text.

And then there's the search engine, the compass, how we find out where we're going to.

1993, Mosaic web browser was the first portal to the internet.

And there have been many since.

After the web browser came the web pages.

And it became a lot.

So we put a lot on the internet.

And in 1998, two PhD students had this idea.

What if you just typed into a box asking what you were looking for?

And it would go through the trouble of wading through the internet to find exactly what you need.

And the system worked.

In fact, it worked so well that our files started moving to the internet.

Our applications started moving to the internet.

Our shopping moved to the internet.

This was a historical accident the way that this happened.

And it's all starting to break.

Out of nowhere, one of the greatest inventions of our lifetime appeared-- LLMs.

And they afford us the opportunity to start over, to take a web browser, a search engine, and web pages, and blur them together into a brand new category of software.

A new type of browser that browsers for you, how it always should have worked.

Throughout my day, I got this thing on me.

And if I got a question, the first thing I do is I pull this out of my pocket.

So this is Douglas Park.

I remember like there was something about Santa Monica as a history of-- it was like an airport or something.

So all I do is I say history of Douglas Park in Santa Monica.

And I ask it to go browse the web for me and find out, wait, what was it about Douglas Park?

What's the history of this place?

It was something-- look, formerly a site for an aircraft factory and a movie studio lot.

Tells me all about when it was constructed, tells me what it has here.

Tells me more about-- OK, it was Douglas Aircraft Factory.

In our new mobile app, you're going to be able to ask a dumb question.

I don't even say dumb.

Let's say, OK, we're in this diner.

What was this diner?

What is the history of this place?


Instead of tapping Search Engine, you tap Browse for me.

And it's going to go out.

And it's going to read six different web pages on the internet for you.

And then it is going to make you a custom web page just designed to explain what it is.

So this is Johnny's diner.

This is exactly where we are today.

It'll tell you the architectural style.

It'll tell you where it's built.

It's been a bunch of films like the Big Lebowski and Reservoir Dogs.

This is definitely my favorite feature, because I did not realize how many dumb questions I have today and how much time I waste.

And it's a great example of how it is actually merging the three categories of software.

Because in order to do this, I need a web browser.

The whole thing is a web browser.

That's the container.

I need a Search Engine, because I got to go read a bunch of websites about that.

And then you also need web pages, obviously, because that's what has all the information.

A browser that does the browsing for you, it needs all three of those things to bring you exactly what you want.

[MUSIC PLAYING] OK, so this is nothing to do with AI, but it's the same idea of let us go do the browsing for you.

What if you don't even have to touch your keyboard?

I was like, this is my dream feature right here.

What if it just knows, hey, you really like that blog.

Whenever there's a new blog post, we're just going to put it right in your sidebar.

When there is a story about ARC, it just puts in there for me.

So for example, this came in-- I actually haven't read it.

I'm not saying I endorsed the message.

I hope it was a good review.

That came in yesterday.

That looks promising.

[LAUGHTER] Looks promising.

You're anticipating the behavior of how we normally operate.

We want to make a browser that browsers for you.

And sometimes, that's because you tell us what you want and we go get it for you.

But what if we can actually anticipate your needs and just bring it to you without you even touching your keyboard?

Another good example, we use Linear and GitHub at work.

So anytime I get tagged in something, you can imagine you come back to ARC, and it has created a much more dynamic feed of bringing the internet to you of the things that really matter to you.

Think about it.

Let's say you were trying to make the best restaurant in the world.

But all you could do is touch the interior design.

You couldn't do the food, and you had no control over the table service.

Be really hard to build the best dining experience.

The browser is the interior design.

It's the container.

The reason we're doing this is not to build a noun like a browser.

It is to end to end, make your day on the internet better.

That's why we're breaking out of just the browser.

We got to think about your experience across all of it.

Rolling, guys.

Long, long day, Josh.

Great day.

If you're watching this right now, you can open up ARC and start using Instant Links right now.

You also can pull out that phone in your pocket and search for ARC Search.

Start using browse for me and everything else in our brand new default mobile browser.

Live folders.

This thing is coming really soon.

If you are a company that makes pieces software or a person that makes pieces software and you want to bring ARC alive with what you built, please reach out as well.

We're going to put the information on the screen.

And then the final thing, ARC Explore, quite frankly, I don't even know if it's going to be named that by the time you get it.

It's coming soon.

We're hoping in the next month or two.

But we're still figuring out the details.

So stay tuned.

If you take one thing away from this today, it is not that it's ready and it's not that it's done.

It's that Act 2 just started.

So as always, we will ship something new every week.

We'll keep you posted and yeah, have fun with it.

Let us know what you think. - Summer in Brooklyn and all around the world, there are 70 something people dreaming up a better way to use the internet. - Act 2 begins today.

And they, well, we know we couldn't do it without you.

As for how to make a keynote, we still don't know.

But we'll see you on the internet. - One apple, six sticks, come on. - Gotcha. - Close. - Whew. (upbeat music)