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We here at 42matters have identified the three most popular Backend SDKs leveraged by Android apps available on the Android app market. These SDKs make it easy for developers to create, configure, and implement scalable mobile applications by seamlessly provisioning and managing their applications’ backend. This data is also available via our API and Explorer.


Our list is based on our analysis of the millions of mobile applications – and over 1,200 SDKs integrated into them – that constitute the vast inventory of the Google Play Store. The details contained herein are meant to provide app publishers seeking to build a scalable app with a list of the most trusted Backend SDK options. Our list is also meant to help SDK publishers understand their biggest competitors, and offer market researchers a tantalizing glimpse into the sort of market insights our technology can provide.

1) Firebase


Out of all apps that use backend SDKs 99% have Firebase integrated, covering 99% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

Firebase is a mobile and web application development platform SDK that gives app builders the ability to develop their apps faster, without worrying about infrastructure. It includes functionalities like analytics, databases, messaging and crash reporting so developers can move quickly and focus on their users.

APP SHARE

99%

TOTAL APPS

1.39m

APPLICATIONS

1.2m

GAMES

188.78k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

99%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

359.91b

APP DOWNLOADS

256.05b

GAME DOWNLOADS

103.86b


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


2) Amazon AWS


Out of all apps that use backend SDKs 1% have Amazon AWS integrated, covering 3% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

Amazon AWS helps app publishers provision and manage their mobile apps’ backends in a quick and efficient manner. The SDK provides an on-demand cloud computing platform on a pay-as-you-go basis.

APP SHARE

1%

TOTAL APPS

26.63k

APPLICATIONS

26.01k

GAMES

611

DOWNLOAD SHARE

3%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

12.53b

APP DOWNLOADS

9.19b

GAME DOWNLOADS

3.35b


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


3) Parse


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

Parse, formerly run by Facebook, is an open source mobile backend as a service SDK. It gives app developers the tools to build applications faster with object and file storage, user authentication, push notifications, dashboard and more, right out of the box.

APP SHARE

1%

TOTAL APPS

21.98k

APPLICATIONS

19.71k

GAMES

2.28k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

2.9b

APP DOWNLOADS

1.48b

GAME DOWNLOADS

1.42b


Browse all apps that have Parse 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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