The beta version of Google’s Cloud Natural Language API (application program interface) has been released. The new API supports texts in English, Japanese and Spanish and “can meet the scale and performance needs of developers and enterprises in a broad range of industries.”

The new service will allow developers to access Google-powered sentiment analysis, entity recognition, and syntax analysis. So what exactly does this mean? Google outlines the capabilities of powerful text analysis on their site.

“Google Cloud Natural Language API reveals the structure and meaning of text by offering powerful machine learning models in an easy to use REST API. You can use it to extract information about people, places, events and much more, mentioned in text documents, news articles or blog posts. You can use it to understand sentiment about your product on social media or parse intent from customer conversations happening in a call center or a messaging app. You can analyze text uploaded in your request or integrate with your document storage on Google Cloud Storage.”

This all adds to Google’s growing catalog of machine-learning APIs, and joins their recent developments: the Cloud Speech API, the Vision API, and the Translate API.  

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