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Top 17 AR and VR SDKs Used in Android Apps on Google Play
Last update: 12 Apr 2024 CET
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Top 17 AR and VR SDKs Used in Android Apps on Google Play

We at 42matters have identified the 17 most popular AR and VR SDKs leveraged by Android apps available on the Android app market.

AR and VR SDKs enable app deverlopers to integrate augmented and virtual reality elements into their mobile apps, without having to build them from scratch. These SDKs offer features like 3D object rendering, spatial mapping, motion tracking, gesture recognition, and more.

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 Google Play 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 AR and VR 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 ar and vr SDKs, 69.18% have integrated Google AR Core. This accounts for 59.60% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

Total Apps
23.50k
Google Play
App Share
69.18%
Google Play
Apps
21.19k
Games
2.31k
Total Downloads
60.90b
Google Play
Download Share
59.60%
Google Play
App Downloads
56.53b
Game Downloads
4.36b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Google AR Core.

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, 14.61% have integrated Vuforia. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

Vuforia is a comprehensive, scalable enterprise AR platform. Our wide-ranging SDK suite ensures that we can provide the right AR technology to every customer based on their business needs.

Total Apps
4.96k
Google Play
App Share
14.61%
Google Play
Apps
4.44k
Games
526
Total Downloads
394.86m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
211.14m
Game Downloads
183.72m

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

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, 13.76% have integrated Google VR Cardboard. This accounts for 41.10% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

The open-source Cardboard SDK allows you to build immersive cross-platform VR experiences for Android and iOS. With essential VR features such as motion tracking, stereoscopic rendering, and user interaction, you can build entirely new VR experiences or enhance existing apps that support VR.

Total Apps
4.67k
Google Play
App Share
13.76%
Google Play
Apps
3.70k
Games
977
Total Downloads
41.99b
Google Play
Download Share
41.10%
Google Play
App Downloads
41.14b
Game Downloads
848.33m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Google VR Cardboard.

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, 4.94% have integrated EasyAR. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

EasyAR Sense is a standalone SDK. It provides a flexible, dataflow-oriented, component-based API that does not depend on any non-system libraries.

Total Apps
1.68k
Google Play
App Share
4.94%
Google Play
Apps
1.53k
Games
149
Total Downloads
107.19m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
51.44m
Game Downloads
55.75m

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

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, 3.07% have integrated Snapchat Snap Kit. This accounts for 13.06% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

The Snapchat SDK that lets you easily talk with friends, view Live Stories from around the world, and explore news in Discover.

Total Apps
1.04k
Google Play
App Share
3.07%
Google Play
Apps
665
Games
379
Total Downloads
13.35b
Google Play
Download Share
13.06%
Google Play
App Downloads
12.55b
Game Downloads
796.72m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Snapchat Snap Kit.

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, 2.21% have integrated Wikitude. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

Wikitude is the leading cross-platform augmented reality SDK for phones, tablets, and smart glasses.

Total Apps
751
Google Play
App Share
2.21%
Google Play
Apps
716
Games
35
Total Downloads
50.54m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
46.03m
Game Downloads
4.51m

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

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, 1.20% have integrated Faceunity. This accounts for 2.31% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

Total Apps
409
Google Play
App Share
1.20%
Google Play
Apps
409
Games
0
Total Downloads
2.36b
Google Play
Download Share
2.31%
Google Play
App Downloads
2.36b
Game Downloads
441.59k

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

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, <1% have integrated DeepAR. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

Total Apps
227
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
226
Games
1
Total Downloads
39.39m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
39.38m
Game Downloads
12.74k

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

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, <1% have integrated ARToolKit. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

ARToolKit+ is an open source augmented reality SDK based on ARToolkit. It is a collection of software tools to help solve some of the fundamental problems in augmented reality, including geometric and photometric registration.

Total Apps
149
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
145
Games
4
Total Downloads
5.33m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
1.17m
Game Downloads
4.16m

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

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, <1% have integrated Banuba AR. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

Total Apps
134
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
131
Games
3
Total Downloads
319.35m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
314.53m
Game Downloads
4.82m

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

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, <1% have integrated Catchoom CraftAR. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

The Catchoom CraftAR SDK offers image recognition and augmented reality tools.

Total Apps
121
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
121
Games
0
Total Downloads
6.26m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
6.26m
Game Downloads
1.66k

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

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, <1% have integrated Kudan. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

Kudan's Artificial Perception SDK fills a critical gap to harness the power of Artificial Intelligence. Kudan provides sensory functions to the brains of machines.

Total Apps
26
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
24
Games
2
Total Downloads
43.84m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
43.70m
Game Downloads
139.81k

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

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, <1% have integrated Oculus. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

The Oculus SDK enables developers to create content for the vibrant global VR market. Get access to a range of tools, samples, and powerful SDKs to start building for mobile VR.

Total Apps
16
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
11
Games
5
Total Downloads
2.88m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
14.12k
Game Downloads
2.87m

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

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, <1% have integrated Layar. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

Layar is an SDK that allows you to turn flat two-dimensional images into augmented reality.

Total Apps
4
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
4
Games
0
Total Downloads
552.95k
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
552.95k
Game Downloads
0

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

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, <1% have integrated Blippar. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

Total Apps
4
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
4
Games
0
Total Downloads
4.03m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
4.03m
Game Downloads
0

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

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, <1% have integrated Aurasma. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

Aurasma is an augmented reality SDK. It is available as a software development kit or as a free app for iOS and Android-based mobile devices. Aurasma's image recognition technology uses a smartphone's or tablet's camera to recognize real world images and then overlay media on top of them in the form of animations, videos, 3D models and web pages.

Total Apps
1
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
1
Games
0
Total Downloads
2.57m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
2.57m
Game Downloads
0

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

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, <1% have integrated Metaio. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

Metaio was a privately held Augmented Reality (AR) company that developed software technology and provided augmented reality solutions. The Metaio SDK was used for programming PC, web, mobile, and custom offline augmented reality applications.

Total Apps
1
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
1
Games
0
Total Downloads
1.88m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
1.67m
Game Downloads
205.08k

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

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How does 42matters collect this data?'

We’ve developed a number of machine learning algorithms that scan millions of mobile and connected TV (CTV) applications on a regular basis. In addition, we collect ground truth app performance intelligence and use this data to build statistical models that estimate the performance of apps for which we do not have ground truth data.

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