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We here at 42matters have gathered a list of the most popular communication SDKs on the Android app market. This list is based on our analysis of the 1,200+ SDKs integrated into the vast mobile applications inventory of the Google Play Store. The following is a glimpse into the rich mobile application insights generated by 42matters’ technology. This data is also available via our API and Explorer.


The intended purpose of this article is to assist app developers in their search for the perfect communication SDK to leverage in their app, as well as to give SDK developers insight into their biggest competitors and potential customers. The data collected by our technology may also serve as a useful tool for folks researching the wider mobile apps market.

1) OneSignal


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 59% have OneSignal integrated, covering 12% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

OneSignal is a market leader in customer engagement. The SDK powers mobile and web push and email and in-app messages.

APP SHARE

59%

TOTAL APPS

266.3k

APPLICATIONS

254.06k

GAMES

12.24k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

12%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

26.41b

APP DOWNLOADS

18.11b

GAME DOWNLOADS

8.3b


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2) gRPC


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 18% have gRPC integrated, covering 38% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

gRPC is a modern open source, high-performance RPC framework SDK that can run in any environment. It can efficiently connect services in and across data centers with pluggable support for load balancing, tracing, health checking, and authentication.

APP SHARE

18%

TOTAL APPS

85.36k

APPLICATIONS

81.76k

GAMES

3.61k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

38%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

82.54b

APP DOWNLOADS

75.77b

GAME DOWNLOADS

6.76b


Browse all apps that have gRPC integrated with our App Market Explorer.


3) WebRTC


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 10% have WebRTC integrated, covering 33% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

With WebRTC, you can add real-time communication capabilities to your mobile apps. It supports sending videos, voice, and generic data between peers, allowing developers to build powerful voice- and video-communication solutions.

APP SHARE

10%

TOTAL APPS

46.3k

APPLICATIONS

46.16k

GAMES

137

DOWNLOAD SHARE

33%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

73.22b

APP DOWNLOADS

72.2b

GAME DOWNLOADS

1.02b


Browse all apps that have WebRTC integrated with our App Market Explorer.


4) Intercom


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 8% have Intercom integrated, covering 1% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

Intercom is a Conversational Relationship Platform SDK that helps businesses build customer relationships through personalized, messenger-based experiences.

APP SHARE

8%

TOTAL APPS

36.58k

APPLICATIONS

36.54k

GAMES

48

DOWNLOAD SHARE

1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

2.4b

APP DOWNLOADS

2.36b

GAME DOWNLOADS

44.72m


Browse all apps that have Intercom integrated with our App Market Explorer.


5) Agora.io


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 6% have Agora.io integrated, covering 3% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

Agora.io provides the building blocks for real-time voice and video communications through a simple and powerful SDK.

APP SHARE

6%

TOTAL APPS

27.55k

APPLICATIONS

27.31k

GAMES

237

DOWNLOAD SHARE

3%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

8.54b

APP DOWNLOADS

6.55b

GAME DOWNLOADS

1.99b


Browse all apps that have Agora.io integrated with our App Market Explorer.


6) Zoom


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 2% have Zoom integrated, covering <1% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars across mobile, desktop, and room systems. This SDK enables developers to add Zoom functionalities to their apps.

APP SHARE

2%

TOTAL APPS

11.73k

APPLICATIONS

11.71k

GAMES

14

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

187.33m

APP DOWNLOADS

184.25m

GAME DOWNLOADS

3.08m


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7) Urban Airship


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 1% have Urban Airship integrated, covering 1% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

Urban Airship is an SDK that helps organizations initiate engagement with their customers via the most personal, prolific, contextual and powerful media channel in history. Use mobile to deliver real value to your audience and it will fundamentally change your shared relationship.

APP SHARE

1%

TOTAL APPS

8.86k

APPLICATIONS

8.75k

GAMES

110

DOWNLOAD SHARE

1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

4.13b

APP DOWNLOADS

3.6b

GAME DOWNLOADS

535.87m


Browse all apps that have Urban Airship integrated with our App Market Explorer.


8) Twilio Programmable Video


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 1% have Twilio Programmable Video integrated, covering <1% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

The Programmable Video REST API allows you to control your video applications from your back-end server via HTTP requests.

APP SHARE

1%

TOTAL APPS

8.69k

APPLICATIONS

8.68k

GAMES

13

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

571.73m

APP DOWNLOADS

570.96m

GAME DOWNLOADS

773.27k


Browse all apps that have Twilio Programmable Video integrated with our App Market Explorer.


9) Jitsi 8x8 Meet


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 1% have Jitsi 8x8 Meet integrated, covering <1% of app downloads in that sdk segment.



APP SHARE

1%

TOTAL APPS

8.32k

APPLICATIONS

8.31k

GAMES

6

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

320.54m

APP DOWNLOADS

320.44m

GAME DOWNLOADS

105.35k


Browse all apps that have Jitsi 8x8 Meet integrated with our App Market Explorer.


10) Umeng Common


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 1% have Umeng Common integrated, covering 5% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

Common is a Umeng Analytics SDK. It's a leading mobile app analytical platform in China.

APP SHARE

1%

TOTAL APPS

6k

APPLICATIONS

3.26k

GAMES

2.74k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

5%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

11.25b

APP DOWNLOADS

5.78b

GAME DOWNLOADS

5.46b


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11) OpenTok Tokbox by Vonage


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 1% have OpenTok Tokbox by Vonage integrated, covering <1% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

Vonage APIs (formerly Nexmo and TokBox) help growing startups and agile enterprises enhance customer experience and realize new business outcomes at scale.

APP SHARE

1%

TOTAL APPS

4.94k

APPLICATIONS

4.94k

GAMES

5

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

612.13m

APP DOWNLOADS

610.93m

GAME DOWNLOADS

1.2m


Browse all apps that have OpenTok Tokbox by Vonage integrated with our App Market Explorer.


12) Zendesk


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 1% have Zendesk integrated, covering 2% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

Zendesk builds software designed to improve customer relationships.

APP SHARE

1%

TOTAL APPS

4.76k

APPLICATIONS

4.58k

GAMES

175

DOWNLOAD SHARE

2%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

5.7b

APP DOWNLOADS

4.29b

GAME DOWNLOADS

1.41b


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13) Smack


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs <1% have Smack integrated, covering 1% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

Smack is an Open Source XMPP client library for instant messaging and presence. This SDK is a pure Java library and can be embedded into your applications to create anything from a full XMPP client to simple XMPP integrations, such as sending notification messages and presence-enabling devices.

APP SHARE

<1%

TOTAL APPS

4.39k

APPLICATIONS

4.33k

GAMES

51

DOWNLOAD SHARE

1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

3.92b

APP DOWNLOADS

3.79b

GAME DOWNLOADS

129.26m


Browse all apps that have Smack integrated with our App Market Explorer.




15) JW Player


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs <1% have JW Player integrated, covering 1% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

JW Player delivers compelling video streaming experiences in a single solution, so you can deliver optimal, buffer-free videos to any viewer on any device.

APP SHARE

<1%

TOTAL APPS

3.56k

APPLICATIONS

3.55k

GAMES

10

DOWNLOAD SHARE

1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

3.56b

APP DOWNLOADS

769.86m

GAME DOWNLOADS

2.79b


Browse all apps that have JW Player integrated with our App Market Explorer.


16) Cordova SMS Plugin


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs <1% have Cordova SMS Plugin integrated, covering <1% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

Cordova SMS Plugin is a cross-platform plugin SDK for Cordova/PhoneGap to easily send SMS messages. Available for Android, iOS, Windows Phone 8, and Windows 10 Universal.

APP SHARE

<1%

TOTAL APPS

3.3k

APPLICATIONS

3.3k

GAMES

4

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

207.08m

APP DOWNLOADS

207.07m

GAME DOWNLOADS

9.55k


Browse all apps that have Cordova SMS Plugin integrated with our App Market Explorer.


17) JXMPP


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs <1% have JXMPP integrated, covering 1% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

JXMPP is an open source Java base library SDK for XMPP. It provides often-used functionalities needed to build an XMPP stack.

APP SHARE

<1%

TOTAL APPS

2.94k

APPLICATIONS

2.93k

GAMES

12

DOWNLOAD SHARE

1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

2.21b

APP DOWNLOADS

2.21b

GAME DOWNLOADS

3.16m


Browse all apps that have JXMPP integrated with our App Market Explorer.


18) Amazon Simple Notification Service SNS


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs <1% have Amazon Simple Notification Service SNS integrated, covering <1% of app downloads in that sdk segment.



APP SHARE

<1%

TOTAL APPS

2.75k

APPLICATIONS

2.73k

GAMES

25

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

1.03b

APP DOWNLOADS

974.02m

GAME DOWNLOADS

56.78m


Browse all apps that have Amazon Simple Notification Service SNS integrated with our App Market Explorer.


19) Pushy


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs <1% have Pushy integrated, covering <1% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

Pushy offers lightning-fast, highly-reliable push notification delivery. This includes worldwide, cross-platform, and time-critical notifications.

APP SHARE

<1%

TOTAL APPS

2.19k

APPLICATIONS

2.19k

GAMES

8

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

105.48m

APP DOWNLOADS

103.74m

GAME DOWNLOADS

1.74m


Browse all apps that have Pushy integrated with our App Market Explorer.


20) Twilio Programmable Chat


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs <1% have Twilio Programmable Chat integrated, covering <1% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

Twilio Programmable Chat is an SDK that makes it easy for you to add chat features into your web and native mobile applications without building or scaling a real-time chat backend.

APP SHARE

<1%

TOTAL APPS

2.17k

APPLICATIONS

2.16k

GAMES

4

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

309.27m

APP DOWNLOADS

309.26m

GAME DOWNLOADS

4.45k


Browse all apps that have Twilio Programmable Chat integrated with our App Market Explorer.


Where does the data come from?

We at 42matters scan millions of iOS and Android applications upon their release and as they are updated. We maintain an always up-to-date list of SDKs installed in each application. The download numbers represent estimates. The data collected can be used to compare the distribution of SDKs by category (find the full list of SDKs per category here), and in this way provide a more rigorous understanding of the SDK market share within the broader mobile application landscape. Contact us if you want to learn more.


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