Update To Google Play Services 9.2 Brings Back Android Mobile Vision, Adds New Text API And More

The Mobile Vision API was originally introduced almost a year ago to Android-based Google Play Services, but later it was removed for one reason or another. Actually, the Android Mobile Vision API helps apps detect faces in video and images, it worked like a face recognition app and allowed developers integrate character recognition into their apps and written from the camera. With the new version 9.2 of Google Play Services, the API has now made its comeback. Here are the details you need to check before you get downloaded and updated.

First of all, this Android Mobile Vision API allows apps to identify faces and barcodes from media such as videos and photos. Nevertheless, the Face API element of its inclusion goes deeper than just smile or face detection in most camera applications, but also discovers the unique curvature of faces and facial landmarks, so that it recognizes specific people even in images and video clips. While the Barcode API element will eventually let user scan barcodes from any orientation.

The updated version of Google Play Service’s new Text API is a bit exciting now. It gives apps the capability for optical character recognition. In fact, in simple terms, it allows your camera to read Latin character text (English, Spanish, French, etc.) in photos and give you the exact term in an organized and usable manner. Like, automating input of credit card info, receipts, and business cards. Moreover, you might think of easier ways to do automatic translation and more.


New in the latest version of Google Play Services:

  • Organize photos that contain text
  • Automate tedious data entry for credit cards, receipts, and business cards
  • Translate documents (along with the Cloud Translate API)
  • Keep track of real objects, such as reading the numbers on subway trains
  • Provide accessibility features

The Google Play Services 9.2 is now rolling out and should have already reached your device if you’ve done your updates recently. If you haven’t, then do it right now! For more information, check out the Mobile Vision Developer site.

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