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Top 13 Connected Devices SDKs Used in iOS Apps on the Apple App Store
Last update: 24 Sep 2023 CET
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Top 13 Connected Devices SDKs Used in iOS Apps on the Apple App Store

We at 42matters have identified the 13 most popular Connected Devices SDKs leveraged by iOS apps available on the iOS app market.

Connected Device SDKs can be used to build apps capable of communicating with devices like smart thermostats, security cameras, wearables, etc. They're especially helpful for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) connectivity. They enable apps to access device sensors, data streams, and other device-specific features.

This list is based on our analysis of the millions of mobile applications – and the 2,300+ SDKs they use – that constitute the vast inventory of the Apple App Store. The accompanying data provides readers with a glimpse into the rich mobile application insights generated by the 42matters technology. This data is also available via our APIs, file dumps, Explorer, and SDK Explorer.

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

Among all apps utilizing connected devices SDKs, 73.14% have integrated Apple WatchConnectivity. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the connected devices SDK category.

Total Apps
58.22k
App Store
App Share
73.14%
App Store
Apps
37.54k
Games
20.68k
Total Downloads
89.18b
App Store
Download Share
91.63%
App Store
App Downloads
57.97b
Game Downloads
31.21b

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

Among all apps utilizing connected devices SDKs, 19.83% have integrated Apple HealthKit. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the connected devices SDK category.

Total Apps
17.82k
App Store
App Share
19.83%
App Store
Apps
17.75k
Games
64
Total Downloads
9.76b
App Store
Download Share
10.03%
App Store
App Downloads
9.66b
Game Downloads
96.56m

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

Among all apps utilizing connected devices SDKs, 6.96% have integrated CLImageEditor. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the connected devices SDK category.

The CLImageEditor SDK provides basic image editing features to iPhone apps. This ViewController is simple to use and capable of being included as part of the UIImagePickerController.

Total Apps
2.89k
App Store
App Share
6.96%
App Store
Apps
2.88k
Games
10
Total Downloads
477.24m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
234.07m
Game Downloads
243.17m

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

Among all apps utilizing connected devices SDKs, 2.79% have integrated Tuya Smart Home. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the connected devices SDK category.

Total Apps
2.78k
App Store
App Share
2.79%
App Store
Apps
2.78k
Games
0
Total Downloads
284.98m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
284.98m
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Tuya Smart Home.

Among all apps utilizing connected devices SDKs, 2.14% have integrated Sensor Data Analytics. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the connected devices SDK category.

Sensor Data Analytics offers big data analysis and marketing technology services. This includes all-channel data collection, full-domain user IDs, full-scene multi-dimensional data analysis, and accurate full-channel user reach that helps enterprises realize the digitization of full-process marketing.

Total Apps
1.79k
App Store
App Share
2.14%
App Store
Apps
1.75k
Games
49
Total Downloads
4.09b
App Store
Download Share
4.20%
App Store
App Downloads
3.85b
Game Downloads
243.44m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Sensor Data Analytics.

Among all apps utilizing connected devices SDKs, 1.99% have integrated Estimote. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the connected devices SDK category.

Estimote offers location and proximity solutions with a programmable IoT stack using Bluetooth, Ultra Wideband, and LTE / NB-IoT connectivity via SDK.

Total Apps
1.29k
App Store
App Share
1.99%
App Store
Apps
1.29k
Games
3
Total Downloads
8.19m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
8.18m
Game Downloads
4.16k

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

Among all apps utilizing connected devices SDKs, <1% have integrated Apple ResearchKit and CareKit. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the connected devices SDK category.

Total Apps
330
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
330
Games
0
Total Downloads
20.63m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
20.63m
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Apple ResearchKit and CareKit.

Among all apps utilizing connected devices SDKs, <1% have integrated Garmin ConnectIQ. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the connected devices SDK category.

Total Apps
48
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
48
Games
0
Total Downloads
23.95m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
23.95m
Game Downloads
0

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

Among all apps utilizing connected devices SDKs, <1% have integrated PebbleKit. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the connected devices SDK category.

Pebble is a discontinued smartwatch developed by Pebble Technology Corporation. The PebbleKit SDK enabled communications via Pebble devices.

Total Apps
13
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
12
Games
1
Total Downloads
3.12m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
3.10m
Game Downloads
25.66k

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

Among all apps utilizing connected devices SDKs, <1% have integrated Jawbone UP Platform. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the connected devices SDK category.

Jawbone is an SDK client based on .NET for data exchange with the Jawbone server.

Total Apps
10
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
10
Games
0
Total Downloads
1.32m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
1.32m
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Jawbone UP Platform.

Among all apps utilizing connected devices SDKs, <1% have integrated Sensorberg. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the connected devices SDK category.

The Sensorberg SDK offers all building systems in one platform. Digitalization from access to building control systems. Sensorberg's own hardware, which can do much more than open doors.

Total Apps
9
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
9
Games
0
Total Downloads
1.53k
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
1.53k
Game Downloads
0

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

Among all apps utilizing connected devices SDKs, <1% have integrated Sensoro. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the connected devices SDK category.

Total Apps
1
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
1
Games
0
Total Downloads
2.60k
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
2.60k
Game Downloads
0

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

Among all apps utilizing connected devices SDKs, <1% have integrated Sphero SDK. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the connected devices SDK category.

Sphero makes undeniably cool, programmable robots and STEAM-based educational tools that transform the way kids learn, create, and invent through coding, science, music, and the arts. The Sphero ecosystem of tools and content gives kids, teachers, and parents of all learning and coding abilities a blank canvas to solve challenges at home, in school, and beyond.

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

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

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