Best Language Detection APIs in 2024

Best Language Detection APIs in 2024

What is Language Detection API?

Language Detection API allows to automatically detect the language of a given piece of text or content. This API typically takes text as input and returns the language of data as output, using sophisticated algorithms that analyze various linguistic features of the text.

Language Detection Feature on Eden AI
Language Detection on Eden AI

Language Detection APIs are commonly used in various applications, such as multilingual websites, language translation tools, and social media monitoring tools, to automatically identify the language of user-generated content and provide appropriate responses or translations.

Language Detection APIs uses cases

You can use Language Detection in numerous fields, here are some examples of common use cases:

  • Multilingual websites: automatically identify the language of user-generated content on multilingual websites and provide appropriate responses or translations.
  • E-commerce: detect the language of customer reviews and feedback, enabling businesses to understand their customers' needs and improve their products and services accordingly.
  • Customer support: automatically identify the language of customer queries and provide appropriate responses or connect them with a customer support agent who speaks their language.
  • Education: automatically detect the language of user-generated content in language learning applications and provide appropriate feedback or corrections.
  • Healthcare: automatically detect the language of patient feedback or medical records, enabling healthcare providers to better understand their patients' needs and provide more personalized care.
  • Marketing and advertising: target advertisements to specific language speakers, based on the language of the content they are viewing.
  • Translation and localization: automatically identify the language of the source content and provide accurate translations.

These are just a few examples of Language Detection APIs uses case, it can be used in any industry or field to build multilingual applications or enhance existing ones.

Best Language Detection APIs on the market

While comparing Language Detection APIs, it is crucial to consider different aspects, among others, cost security and privacy. Language Detection experts at Eden AI tested, compared, and used many Language Detection APIs of the market. Here are some actors that perform well (in alphabetical order):

  • AWS
  • Google Cloud
  • IBM Watson
  • Meaning Cloud
  • Microsoft Azure
  • ModernMT
  • NeuralSpace
  • NLP Cloud
  • OneAI
  • Open AI

1. AWS - Available on Eden AI

AWS provides a Language Detector through its Amazon Comprehend service - a powerful tool for analyzing text and identifying the dominant language used. The API uses identifiers from the RFC 5646 standard to identify languages and provides a confidence score indicating the accuracy of its detection.

Amazon Comprehend is capable of handling large, complex documents, breaking them down into smaller pieces for analysis and providing results that can be easily aggregated. However, it is important to note that the API may have difficulty distinguishing between similar language pairs and does not support phonetic language detection. Despite these limitations, this API is a reliable and powerful tool for language analysis.

2. Google Cloud - Available on Eden AI

Google Cloud's solution offers users a reliable and powerful tool for language detection. The API can accurately and quickly identify the language of a given text with support for over 120 languages, making it one of the most comprehensive language detection APIs on the market. Google Cloud's Language Detector also provides customizable batch sizes for processing larger amounts of text.

3. IBM Watson - Available on Eden AI

IBM provides Watson Natural Language Understanding solution to detect languages of input text in real-time, using deep learning technology. Built on IBM's Watson Language Translator service, the API is trained on a large corpus of text in multiple languages, ensuring high accuracy for even complex and nuanced languages. The API is also designed to be scalable and flexible, available as a cloud-based service for easy integration into applications.

4. Meaning Cloud

MeaningCloud's API can identify the language of any text from over 180 languages with high precision and speed. Its deep neural network technology helps automate multilingual sourcing, reducing the need for manual detection preprocessing. This technology is easy-to-use and has the ability to discriminate among more than 180 languages.

5. Microsoft Azure - Available on Eden AI

Azure’s Language Detection API is part of the Azure Cognitive Service for Language. This API is capable of detecting accurately the language of a document, including dialects and regional nuances. Additionally, it provides businesses with a comprehensive solution for language processing, including features such as sentiment analysis, key phrase extraction, and entity recognition, all powered by state-of-the-art AI and machine learning technologies.

6. ModernMT - Available on Eden AI

ModernMT provides an API that allows users to detect the language of any given text, using advanced machine learning algorithms. ModernMT's solution is highly scalable and can handle large volumes of requests, in a wide range of languages without any degradation in performance. This makes it ideal for use in applications that require language detection for a large number of data.

7. NeuralSpace - Available on Eden AI

NeuralSpace provides a state-of-the-art model, which can be easily integrated into any application. The API is easy to use and only requires users to pass the text through the API to get the top N predicted languages along with their confidence scores. NeuralSpace's Language Detector supports over 150 languages, making it one of the most comprehensive solutions on the market. With this API, users can accurately detect the language of any given text and seamlessly integrate it into their applications. Additionally, the high level of language support ensures that users can work with a wide variety of languages and cater to a diverse range of customers or users.

8. NLP Cloud

NLPCloud offers a Language Detection API that uses Python LangDetect to provide accurate and reliable language detection capabilities. Users can rely on the API to detect the language of any given text, allowing them to build applications that work seamlessly across multiple languages. This technology allows users to test language detection locally before deploying it in production, ensuring that the API works as expected and meets their requirements.

9. OneAI - Available on Eden AI

One AI employs advanced language analytics and NLP techniques to accurately detect the language of a given text or speech. They provide a range of multilingual capabilities such as processing, transcription, analytics, and comprehension that can be easily integrated into various products such as content publishing tools, CRM, and more. This enables users to work seamlessly with multiple languages and create products that cater to a diverse audience.

10. OpenAI - Available on Eden AI

OpenAI provides an API that can accurately identify the language of any given text using advanced machine learning algorithms. OpenAI’s solution is able to detect the language of a wide range of texts, including those that contain slang, abbreviations, and other non-standard language. The API is also highly scalable and can handle large volumes of text with ease. This makes it a great choice for businesses and organizations that need to process large amounts of text on a regular basis.

Performance variations of Language Detection APIs

For all companies who use Language Detection in their software: cost and performance are real concerns. The Language Detection market is quite dense and all those providers have their benefits and weaknesses.

Performance variations across languages

Language Detectors perform differently depending on the language of the text and some providers are specialized in specific languages. Different specificities exist

  • Region specialties: some Language Detection APIs improve their machine learning algorithm to make them accurate for text in specific languages spoken in particular countries or regions. For example, some APIs perform well in English (US, UK, Canada, South Africa, Singapore, Hong Kong, Ghana, Ireland, Australia, India, etc.), while others are specialized in Asian languages (Korean, Japanese, Chinese, etc.).
  • Rare language specialty: some Language Detection providers care about rare languages and dialects. You can find Language Detection APIs that allow you to process text in Gujarati, Marathi, Burmese, Pashto, Zulu, Swahili, etc.

Performance variations according to text data quality

When testing multiple APIs, you will find that providers’ accuracy can be different according to text quality and format. For example, some Language Translators perform better with text coming from tweets, others perform better with text from scientific papers, others with text from customer reviews, etc. This is explained because of the quality of the text (we can imagine that tweets are lower-quality texts compared to scientific papers or press articles for example).

Why choose Eden AI to manage your Language Detection APIs

‍Companies and developers from a wide range of industries (Social Media, Retail, Health, Finances, Law, etc.) use Eden AI’s unique API to easily integrate Language Detection tasks in their cloud-based applications, without having to build their own solutions.

Eden AI offers multiple AI APIs on its platform amongst several technologies: Text-to-Speech, Machine Translation, Sentiment Analysis, Object Detection, Question Answering, Data Anonymization, Speech Recognition, and so forth.

We want our users to have access to multiple Language Detection engines and manage them in one place so they can reach high performance, optimize cost and cover all their needs. There are many reasons for using multiple APIs:

  • Fallback provider is the ABCs: You need to set up a provider API that is requested if and only if the main Language Detection API does not perform well (or is down). You can use confidence score returned or other methods to check provider accuracy.
  • Performance optimization: After the testing phase, you will be able to build a mapping of providers’ performance based on the criteria you have chosen (languages, fields, etc.). Each data that you need to process will then be sent to the best Language Detection API.
  • Cost - Performance ratio optimization: You can choose the cheapest Language Detection that performs well for your data.
  • Combine multiple AI APIs: This approach is required if you look for extremely high accuracy. The combination leads to higher costs but allows your AI service to be safe and accurate because Language Detection APIs will validate and invalidate each other for each piece of data.

How Eden AI can help you?

Eden AI is the future of AI usage in companies: our app allows you to call multiple AI APIs.

Multiple AI engines in one API
Multiple AI engines in one API

  • Centralized and fully monitored billing on Eden AI for all Language Detection APIs
  • Unified API for all providers: simple and standard to use, quick switch between providers, access to the specific features of each provider
  • Standardized response format: the JSON output format is the same for all suppliers thanks to Eden AI's standardization work. The response elements are also standardized thanks to Eden AI's powerful matching algorithms.
  • The best Artificial Intelligence APIs in the market are available: big cloud providers (Google, AWS, Microsoft, and more specialized engines)
  • Data protection: Eden AI will not store or use any data. Possibility to filter to use only GDPR engines.

You can see Eden AI documentation here.

Next step in your project

The Eden AI team can help you with your Language Detection integration project. This can be done by :

  • Organizing a product demo and a discussion to better understand your needs. You can book a time slot on this link: Contact
  • By testing the public version of Eden AI for free: however, not all providers are available on this version. Some are only available on the Enterprise version.
  • By benefiting from the support and advice of a team of experts to find the optimal combination of providers according to the specifics of your needs
  • Having the possibility to integrate on a third-party platform: we can quickly develop connectors.

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