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Google today announced changes to ML Kit, a toolset for developers to infuse apps with AI, designed to make it easier to use offline.

While the original ML Kit was tightly integrated with the web development platform Firebase, the refreshed ML Kit makes available on-device APIs in a standalone SDK that doesn’t require a Firebase project.

Google notes that more than 25,000 applications on Android and iOS now make use of ML Kit’s features, up from just a handful at its introduction in May 2018. Much like Apple’s CoreML, ML Kit is built to tackle challenges in vision and natural language domains, including text recognition and translation, barcode scanning, and object classification and tracking.

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