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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 58% 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

58%

TOTAL APPS

309.95k

APPLICATIONS

294.95k

GAMES

15k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

12%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

29.26b

APP DOWNLOADS

20.15b

GAME DOWNLOADS

9.11b


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


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

100.96k

APPLICATIONS

96.39k

GAMES

4.57k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

38%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

92.72b

APP DOWNLOADS

84.44b

GAME DOWNLOADS

8.28b


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 31% 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

54.06k

APPLICATIONS

53.91k

GAMES

152

DOWNLOAD SHARE

31%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

76.6b

APP DOWNLOADS

75.45b

GAME DOWNLOADS

1.15b


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

43.05k

APPLICATIONS

43k

GAMES

46

DOWNLOAD SHARE

1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

2.8b

APP DOWNLOADS

2.75b

GAME DOWNLOADS

47.25m


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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

35.07k

APPLICATIONS

34.78k

GAMES

290

DOWNLOAD SHARE

3%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

9.18b

APP DOWNLOADS

6.68b

GAME DOWNLOADS

2.5b


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6) Freshchat Freshdesk Messaging by Freshworks


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 5% have Freshchat Freshdesk Messaging by Freshworks integrated, covering 1% of app downloads in that sdk segment.



APP SHARE

5%

TOTAL APPS

27.08k

APPLICATIONS

26.95k

GAMES

125

DOWNLOAD SHARE

1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

2.93b

APP DOWNLOADS

2.83b

GAME DOWNLOADS

94.45m


Browse all apps that have Freshchat Freshdesk Messaging by Freshworks integrated with our App Market Explorer.


7) 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

14.56k

APPLICATIONS

14.55k

GAMES

11

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

212.64m

APP DOWNLOADS

212.35m

GAME DOWNLOADS

288.7k


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


8) Twilio Programmable Video


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 2% 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

2%

TOTAL APPS

10.8k

APPLICATIONS

10.78k

GAMES

14

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

668.31m

APP DOWNLOADS

667.48m

GAME DOWNLOADS

822.47k


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


9) PubNub


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

PubNub is a global Data Stream Network (DSN) and realtime infrastructure-as-a-service. Scale and manage realtime data streams for mobile and web apps with just a few lines of code.

APP SHARE

1%

TOTAL APPS

10.23k

APPLICATIONS

10.2k

GAMES

39

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

1.52b

APP DOWNLOADS

1.47b

GAME DOWNLOADS

54.59m


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


10) 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

9.34k

APPLICATIONS

9.24k

GAMES

100

DOWNLOAD SHARE

1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

4.77b

APP DOWNLOADS

4.22b

GAME DOWNLOADS

547.04m


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


11) 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

8.24k

APPLICATIONS

8.24k

GAMES

9

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

234.09m

APP DOWNLOADS

233.98m

GAME DOWNLOADS

105.71k


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


12) Umeng Common ASMS


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 1% have Umeng Common ASMS 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

6.51k

APPLICATIONS

3.64k

GAMES

2.86k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

5%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

12.05b

APP DOWNLOADS

6.24b

GAME DOWNLOADS

5.81b


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13) 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

4.97k

APPLICATIONS

4.96k

GAMES

7

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

727.86m

APP DOWNLOADS

726.04m

GAME DOWNLOADS

1.82m


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




15) JW Player


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs <1% have JW Player integrated, covering 2% 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

4.57k

APPLICATIONS

4.56k

GAMES

13

DOWNLOAD SHARE

2%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

5.42b

APP DOWNLOADS

1.23b

GAME DOWNLOADS

4.19b


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


16) 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

4.55k

APPLICATIONS

4.34k

GAMES

205

DOWNLOAD SHARE

2%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

6.28b

APP DOWNLOADS

4.38b

GAME DOWNLOADS

1.9b


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17) 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

4.49k

APPLICATIONS

4.44k

GAMES

48

DOWNLOAD SHARE

1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

4.04b

APP DOWNLOADS

3.91b

GAME DOWNLOADS

131.7m


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


18) 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

3.47k

APPLICATIONS

3.47k

GAMES

4

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

234.92m

APP DOWNLOADS

234.91m

GAME DOWNLOADS

12.52k


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


19) 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

3.04k

APPLICATIONS

3.03k

GAMES

10

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

2.25b

APP DOWNLOADS

2.24b

GAME DOWNLOADS

3.31m


Browse all apps that have JXMPP 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

2.88k

APPLICATIONS

2.87k

GAMES

4

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

210.07m

APP DOWNLOADS

210.06m

GAME DOWNLOADS

5.12k


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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