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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 57% 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

57%

TOTAL APPS

341.26k

APPLICATIONS

324.07k

GAMES

17.19k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

12%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

30.72b

APP DOWNLOADS

21.36b

GAME DOWNLOADS

9.37b


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


2) gRPC


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 22% have gRPC integrated, covering 40% 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

22%

TOTAL APPS

131.34k

APPLICATIONS

125.79k

GAMES

5.55k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

40%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

102.13b

APP DOWNLOADS

92.78b

GAME DOWNLOADS

9.36b


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 30% 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

62.05k

APPLICATIONS

61.88k

GAMES

170

DOWNLOAD SHARE

30%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

78.17b

APP DOWNLOADS

77.02b

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

49.08k

APPLICATIONS

49.03k

GAMES

50

DOWNLOAD SHARE

1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

3.01b

APP DOWNLOADS

2.96b

GAME DOWNLOADS

55.13m


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5) Agora.io


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 6% have Agora.io integrated, covering 4% 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

41.29k

APPLICATIONS

40.96k

GAMES

325

DOWNLOAD SHARE

4%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

11.03b

APP DOWNLOADS

7.91b

GAME DOWNLOADS

3.12b


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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

32.36k

APPLICATIONS

32.23k

GAMES

127

DOWNLOAD SHARE

1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

3.54b

APP DOWNLOADS

3.43b

GAME DOWNLOADS

111.77m


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

16.16k

APPLICATIONS

16.15k

GAMES

13

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

233.43m

APP DOWNLOADS

233.14m

GAME DOWNLOADS

289.44k


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

12.7k

APPLICATIONS

12.69k

GAMES

10

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

832.1m

APP DOWNLOADS

829.62m

GAME DOWNLOADS

2.48m


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

10.32k

APPLICATIONS

10.28k

GAMES

38

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

1.76b

APP DOWNLOADS

1.7b

GAME DOWNLOADS

56.5m


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

9.8k

APPLICATIONS

9.69k

GAMES

105

DOWNLOAD SHARE

1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

5.01b

APP DOWNLOADS

4.46b

GAME DOWNLOADS

555.81m


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

9.09k

APPLICATIONS

9.08k

GAMES

7

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

245.39m

APP DOWNLOADS

245.28m

GAME DOWNLOADS

107.61k


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 4% 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

6.18k

APPLICATIONS

3.56k

GAMES

2.62k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

4%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

11.39b

APP DOWNLOADS

6.11b

GAME DOWNLOADS

5.27b


Browse all apps that have Umeng Common ASMS integrated with our App Market Explorer.


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

5.14k

APPLICATIONS

5.13k

GAMES

7

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

789.18m

APP DOWNLOADS

787.35m

GAME DOWNLOADS

1.82m


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




15) 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

4.72k

APPLICATIONS

4.46k

GAMES

264

DOWNLOAD SHARE

2%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

6.65b

APP DOWNLOADS

4.51b

GAME DOWNLOADS

2.14b


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


16) 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

4.64k

APPLICATIONS

4.63k

GAMES

15

DOWNLOAD SHARE

2%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

7.16b

APP DOWNLOADS

2.48b

GAME DOWNLOADS

4.68b


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


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

4.51k

APPLICATIONS

4.46k

GAMES

48

DOWNLOAD SHARE

1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

4.24b

APP DOWNLOADS

4.11b

GAME DOWNLOADS

132.18m


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

3.6k

APPLICATIONS

3.59k

GAMES

4

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

261.11m

APP DOWNLOADS

261.09m

GAME DOWNLOADS

12.6k


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

3.06k

APPLICATIONS

3.05k

GAMES

10

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

2.37b

APP DOWNLOADS

2.37b

GAME DOWNLOADS

3.29m


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


20) Zendesk Chat Zopim


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



APP SHARE

<1%

TOTAL APPS

3.01k

APPLICATIONS

3k

GAMES

7

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

725.36m

APP DOWNLOADS

701.74m

GAME DOWNLOADS

23.62m


Browse all apps that have Zendesk Chat Zopim 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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