Release Notes

This page documents production updates to Natural Language API. We recommend that Natural Language API developers periodically check this list for any new announcements. Major changes will also be announced via the cloud-nl-discuss mailing list.

November 16, 2017

Cloud Natural Language API Version 1.2 GA Release

The Natural Language API has released the new classifyText method that analyzes text content and returns a content category for the content. For more information, see Content Classification.

September 19, 2017

Cloud Natural Language API Release

The Natural Language API now supports entity sentiment analysis with the analyzeEntitySentiment method. Entity sentiment analysis is currently only available for the English language. For more information, see Entity Sentiment Analysis.

Cloud Natural Language API Version 1.2 Beta Release

The Natural Language API has added beta support for a new classifyText method that analyzes text content and returns a content category for the content. For more information, see Content Classification (Beta).

August 4, 2017

Cloud Natural Language API Release

The following languages are now fully supported for entity, sentiment, and syntax analysis:

  • Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Portuguese

Sentiment analysis has been updated. You might see minor differences in score and magnitude from the same request made to previous releases.

Entity analysis has been updated. You might see minor differences in metadata (Wikipedia URLs, knowledge graph MIDs) of entities identified in a block of text from the same request made to the previous releases.

May 2, 2017

Cloud Natural Language API v1beta2 Release

Added beta support for entity, sentiment, and syntax analysis for the following languages:

  • Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Portuguese

Added beta support for entity sentiment analysis (analyzeEntitySentiment). Entity sentiment analysis is currently only available for the English language. For more information, see Entity Sentiment Analysis.

The v1beta2 release includes updated document sentiment analysis. You might see differing results from the same request made to the Natural Language API v1 and v1beta2 releases.

The v1beta2 release includes updated entity analysis. You might see minor differences in metadata (Wikipedia URLs, knowledge graph MIDs) from the same request made to the Natural Language API v1 and v1beta2 releases.

The Natural Language API v1beta1 release has been deprecated.

November 15, 2016

Cloud Natural Language API v1 Release

  • Promoted the Cloud Natural Language API from Beta (v1beta1) to General Availability (v1)

November 15, 2016 Changelog

Updates for v1 from the previous v1beta1 API endpoint include:

Sentiment Analysis

Added Japanese (ja) and Spanish (es) support to sentiment analysis.

Announced availability of sentence level sentiment within Sentiment Analysis.

Added support for EncodingType within a Sentiment Analysis request to calculate offsets for sentence-level sentiment.

Added a score field within the Sentiment type to replace the previous polarity field.

Removed the polarity field within the Sentiment type in favor of the new score field.

Entity Analysis

Added Google Knowledge Graph MID values, if available, to the metadata field for each Entity returned by Entity Analysis.

Updated Entity Analysis to return Entity Mention Types for both proper nouns and common nouns (known as "nominals").

Syntax Analysis

Added a new analyzeSyntax method.

Added morphology support to tokens returned in Syntactic Analysis.

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