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Top 20 Communication SDKs Used in iOS Apps on the Apple App Store
Last update: 12 Apr 2024 CET
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Top 20 Communication SDKs Used in iOS Apps on the Apple App Store

We at 42matters have gathered a list of the most popular communication SDKs among iOS apps on the iOS app market.

Communication SDKs enable mobile app developers to integrate communication capabilities, such as messaging tools, video conferencing tools, or voice chat in their apps. This may include features such as messaging, voice calling, video calling, screen sharing, file sharing, and other communication-related capabilities.

This list is based on our analysis of the 2,300+ SDKs integrated in the vast mobile applications inventory of the Apple App Store. It provides a glimpse into the rich mobile application insights generated by 42matters’ technology. This data is available via our APIs, file dumps, Explorer, and SDK 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.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, 62.03% have integrated OneSignal. This accounts for 27.48% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

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

Total Apps
101.72k
App Store
App Share
62.03%
App Store
Apps
97.07k
Games
4.66k
Total Downloads
11.59b
App Store
Download Share
27.48%
App Store
App Downloads
8.37b
Game Downloads
3.21b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use OneSignal.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, 9.51% have integrated Zoom Zapp. This accounts for 11.07% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

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.

Total Apps
15.60k
App Store
App Share
9.51%
App Store
Apps
15.57k
Games
29
Total Downloads
4.67b
App Store
Download Share
11.07%
App Store
App Downloads
4.66b
Game Downloads
4.55m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Zoom Zapp.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, 8.12% have integrated Agora.io. This accounts for 19.09% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

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

Total Apps
13.31k
App Store
App Share
8.12%
App Store
Apps
13.06k
Games
246
Total Downloads
8.05b
App Store
Download Share
19.09%
App Store
App Downloads
7.22b
Game Downloads
828.45m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Agora.io.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, 6.63% have integrated Zendesk. This accounts for 19.90% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

Zendesk builds software designed to improve customer relationships.

Total Apps
10.88k
App Store
App Share
6.63%
App Store
Apps
10.39k
Games
490
Total Downloads
8.39b
App Store
Download Share
19.90%
App Store
App Downloads
6.61b
Game Downloads
1.78b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Zendesk.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, 5.48% have integrated Twilio Programmable Video. This accounts for 3.22% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

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

Total Apps
8.99k
App Store
App Share
5.48%
App Store
Apps
8.97k
Games
16
Total Downloads
1.36b
App Store
Download Share
3.22%
App Store
App Downloads
1.34b
Game Downloads
23.20m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Twilio Programmable Video.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, 3.54% have integrated Chat SDK. This accounts for 8.08% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

Total Apps
5.80k
App Store
App Share
3.54%
App Store
Apps
5.57k
Games
231
Total Downloads
3.41b
App Store
Download Share
8.08%
App Store
App Downloads
3.37b
Game Downloads
35.12m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Chat SDK.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, 2.65% have integrated PubNub. This accounts for 3.53% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

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.

Total Apps
4.34k
App Store
App Share
2.65%
App Store
Apps
4.31k
Games
37
Total Downloads
1.49b
App Store
Download Share
3.53%
App Store
App Downloads
1.47b
Game Downloads
20.71m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use PubNub.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, 2.46% have integrated Jitsi 8x8 Meet. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

Total Apps
4.03k
App Store
App Share
2.46%
App Store
Apps
4.03k
Games
5
Total Downloads
284.36m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
284.36m
Game Downloads
7.08k

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Jitsi 8x8 Meet.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, 2.09% have integrated OpenTok Tokbox by Vonage. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

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

Total Apps
3.43k
App Store
App Share
2.09%
App Store
Apps
3.42k
Games
7
Total Downloads
337.84m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
335.50m
Game Downloads
2.33m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use OpenTok Tokbox by Vonage.

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Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, 1.94% have integrated Twilio Programmable Voice (VoIP Client). This accounts for 3.57% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

The Programmable Voice SDKs allow you to add voice-over-IP (VoIP) calling directly into your web and native mobile applications.

Total Apps
3.18k
App Store
App Share
1.94%
App Store
Apps
3.18k
Games
2
Total Downloads
1.50b
App Store
Download Share
3.57%
App Store
App Downloads
1.50b
Game Downloads
3.70k

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Twilio Programmable Voice (VoIP Client).

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, 1.10% have integrated RongCloudSDK. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

RongCloudSDK offers the most secure and reliable global cloud communication service.

Total Apps
1.80k
App Store
App Share
1.10%
App Store
Apps
1.80k
Games
5
Total Downloads
314.98m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
308.15m
Game Downloads
6.83m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use RongCloudSDK.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, 1.09% have integrated Easemob. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

EaseMob is a PaaS-based SDK that allows developers to integrate instant messaging, voice, and data services into their apps.

Total Apps
1.79k
App Store
App Share
1.09%
App Store
Apps
1.79k
Games
5
Total Downloads
304.13m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
295.32m
Game Downloads
8.81m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Easemob.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, 1.07% have integrated Nim by Netease. This accounts for 2.02% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

Total Apps
1.75k
App Store
App Share
1.07%
App Store
Apps
1.74k
Games
9
Total Downloads
853.57m
App Store
Download Share
2.02%
App Store
App Downloads
853.15m
Game Downloads
421.74k

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Nim by Netease.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, <1% have integrated Twilio Programmable Chat. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

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.

Total Apps
1.43k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
1.43k
Games
0
Total Downloads
166.32m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
166.32m
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Twilio Programmable Chat.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, <1% have integrated Sinch. This accounts for 1.02% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

Sinch is an SDK that enables developers to connect with customers and make engagement personal with simple, programmable SMS, voice, video, and verification tools.

Total Apps
1.42k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
1.42k
Games
1
Total Downloads
429.92m
App Store
Download Share
1.02%
App Store
App Downloads
429.91m
Game Downloads
13.69k

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Sinch.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, <1% have integrated SendBird. This accounts for 1.70% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

Sendbird's chat, voice, and video APIs and SDKs connect users through immersive, modern communication solutions that drive better user experiences.

Total Apps
891
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
888
Games
3
Total Downloads
715.36m
App Store
Download Share
1.70%
App Store
App Downloads
715.20m
Game Downloads
153.43k

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use SendBird.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, <1% have integrated Zendesk Chat Zopim. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

Total Apps
572
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
570
Games
2
Total Downloads
118.44m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
112.27m
Game Downloads
6.17m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Zendesk Chat Zopim.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, <1% have integrated Stream.io Chat. This accounts for 1.65% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

Total Apps
362
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
362
Games
0
Total Downloads
693.96m
App Store
Download Share
1.65%
App Store
App Downloads
693.96m
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Stream.io Chat.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, <1% have integrated 100ms. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

Total Apps
309
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
306
Games
3
Total Downloads
55.18m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
54.05m
Game Downloads
1.14m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use 100ms.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, <1% have integrated Sendbird Calls. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

Total Apps
275
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
275
Games
0
Total Downloads
91.29m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
91.29m
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Sendbird Calls.

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