ML Kit for Firebase

Use machine learning in your apps to solve real-world problems.

ML Kit is a mobile SDK that brings Google's machine learning expertise to Android and iOS apps in a powerful yet easy-to-use package. Whether you're new or experienced in machine learning, you can implement the functionality you need in just a few lines of code. There's no need to have deep knowledge of neural networks or model optimization to get started. On the other hand, if you are an experienced ML developer, ML Kit provides convenient APIs that help you use your custom TensorFlow Lite models in your mobile apps.

Key capabilities

Production-ready for common use cases

ML Kit comes with a set of ready-to-use APIs for common mobile use cases: recognizing text, detecting faces, identifying landmarks, scanning barcodes, labeling images, and identifying the language of text. Simply pass in data to the ML Kit library and it gives you the information you need.

On-device or in the cloud

ML Kit’s selection of APIs run on-device or in the cloud. Our on-device APIs can process your data quickly and work even when there’s no network connection. Our cloud-based APIs, on the other hand, leverage the power of Google Cloud's machine learning technology to give you an even higher level of accuracy.

Deploy custom models

If ML Kit's APIs don't cover your use cases, you can always bring your own existing TensorFlow Lite models. Just upload your model to Firebase, and we'll take care of hosting and serving it to your app. ML Kit acts as an API layer to your custom model, making it simpler to run and use.

How does it work?

ML Kit makes it easy to apply ML techniques in your apps by bringing Google's ML technologies, such as the Google Cloud Vision API, TensorFlow Lite, and the Android Neural Networks API together in a single SDK. Whether you need the power of cloud-based processing, the real-time capabilities of mobile-optimized on-device models, or the flexibility of custom TensorFlow Lite models, ML Kit makes it possible with just a few lines of code.

What features are available on device or in the cloud?

Feature On-device Cloud
Text recognition
Face detection
Barcode scanning
Image labeling
Object detection & tracking
Landmark recognition
Language identification
Smart Reply
AutoML model inference
Custom model inference

Implementation path

Integrate the SDK Quickly include the SDK using Gradle or CocoaPods.
Prepare input data For example, if you're using a vision feature, capture an image from the camera and generate the necessary metadata such as image rotation, or prompt the user to select a photo from their gallery.
Apply the ML model to your data By applying the ML model to your data, you generate insights such as the emotional state of detected faces or the objects and concepts that were recognized in the image, depending on the feature you used. Use these insights to power features in your app like photo embellishment, automatic metadata generation, or whatever else you can imagine.

Next steps