Release Notes

This page documents production updates to Vision API. We recommend that Vision API developers periodically check this list for any new announcements.

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August 29, 2019

Improved detection models are now default for the following features:

The legacy model can still be accessed for 90 days by specifying "builtin/legacy" in the model field of a Feature object.

August 16, 2019

Spring framework integration

If you write your applications in Java with the Spring Framework, we now provide a guide to help you add Spring Cloud Vision API to your application. Spring Cloud Vision can make it easier and more efficient to work with Cloud Vision.

June 07, 2019

General Availability (GA) release. Support for online small batch file annotation has been released as GA. For more information, see Online small batch file annotation.

General Availability (GA) release. Support for offline batch image annotation has been released as GA. For more information, see Offline batch image annotation.

Model updates

Improved detection models are now available for the following features:

Specify "builtin/latest" in the model field of a Feature object to use the new models.

We'll support both the current model and the new model the next 90 days. After 90 days the current detection models will be deprecated and only the new detection models will be used for all logo, landmark, and crop hint detection requests.

Languages update

More languages (with associated languageHint codes) have been added to the list of languages supported by TEXT_DETECTION and DOCUMENT_TEXT_DETECTION. Experimentally supported languages and mapped languages lists have also been added.

May 13, 2019

OCR Model Updates

An improved OCR model is now the default for Text detection (OCR).

The legacy model can still be accessed for 90 days by specifying "builtin/legacy" in the model field of a Feature object.

April 10, 2019

Beta features

The following beta features are available in API version v1p4beta1:

  • Online small batch file annotation. Performs synchronous image detection and annotation for a batch of files (currently "application/pdf", "image/tiff" and "image/gif"). The API will extract at most 5 frames (gif) or pages (pdf or tiff) of your choosing from each file provided and perform detection and annotation for each image extracted. Learn more.
  • Offline batch image annotation. Allows users to call any Cloud Vision API feature type on a batch of images and perform asynchronous image detection and annotation on the list of images. Learn more.

December 12, 2018

Handwriting OCR feature General Availability (GA) release

Support for handwriting OCR in document text detection has been released as GA. For more information, see Detect handwriting in an image.

September 28, 2018

Logo and OCR model updates

Improved detection models are now available for the following features:

Specify "builtin/latest" in the model field of a Feature object to use the new models.

We'll support both the current model and the new model the next 90 days. After 90 days the current detection models will be deprecated and only the new detection models will be used for all logo and text (OCR) detection requests.

Support for object localization has been released as GA. For more information, see Detect multiple objects.

July 24, 2018

Support for PDF and TIFF files in document text detection has been released as GA. For more information, see PDF/TIFF Document Text Detection.

The following beta features are available in API version v1p3beta1:

The Vision API can now detect handwriting in an image. To detect handwriting in an image, specify the DOCUMENT_TEXT_DETECTION feature and include a language hint of "en-t-i0-handwrit". For more information, see Detect handwriting in images.

April 06, 2018

Beta features

The following beta features are available in API version v1p2beta1:

  • Support for PDF and TIFF files in document text detection.

New features

The beta features from December 4, 2017 are now available in the v1 API (GA). These include:

  • Document text detection: confidence scores for all levels of results, auto language detection, support for multiple languages, and faster and more accurate results.
  • Web entities detection: accepts geotag input as detection hint, and returns best guess labels describing the contents of the image.
  • Safe Search detection: includes additional racy category to enhance adult content moderation.

December 04, 2017

The following beta features are available in API version v1p1beta1:

  • Document text detection: confidence scores for all levels of results, auto language detection, support for multiple languages, and faster and more accurate results. Learn more.
  • Web entities detection: accepts geotag input as detection hint, and returns best guess labels describing the contents of the image. Learn more.
  • Safe Search detection: includes additional racy category to enhance adult content moderation. Learn more.

November 06, 2017

Document text detection language update:

  • Additional languages supported.
  • Automatic language detection (languageHint is no longer required in your requests).
  • Multiple languages supported per image.
  • Faster and more accurate text detection results.

June 21, 2017

Text detection model update: The text detection model has been updated to improve quality. There is no change in response structure.

Label detection model update: The label detection model has been updated to improve quality. Label detection, which names objects inside an image, now recognizes more than 10,000 entities.

May 18, 2017

Cloud Vision API General Availability (GA) release

Crop hints: Find the optimal crop for your images. Code samples.

Web entities and similar pages: Return image-related information, including web entities, matching pages, and fully- and partially matching image URLs. Code samples and tutorial.

Document text detection: Return full text annotations for dense OCR text. How-to, code samples, and tutorial.

HTTP/HTTPS image URIs: Process images from publicly-accessible HTTP and HTTPS URLs.

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