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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

295.42k

APPLICATIONS

281.26k

GAMES

14.16k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

12%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

28.7b

APP DOWNLOADS

19.72b

GAME DOWNLOADS

8.98b


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


2) gRPC


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 19% have gRPC integrated, covering 38% 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

19%

TOTAL APPS

97.54k

APPLICATIONS

93.2k

GAMES

4.34k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

38%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

89.72b

APP DOWNLOADS

82.03b

GAME DOWNLOADS

7.69b


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 32% 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

51.61k

APPLICATIONS

51.45k

GAMES

151

DOWNLOAD SHARE

32%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

75.64b

APP DOWNLOADS

74.52b

GAME DOWNLOADS

1.12b


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


4) Intercom


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 7% 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

7%

TOTAL APPS

40.85k

APPLICATIONS

40.8k

GAMES

47

DOWNLOAD SHARE

1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

2.66b

APP DOWNLOADS

2.62b

GAME DOWNLOADS

46.48m


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5) Agora.io


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 6% have Agora.io integrated, covering 3% 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

32.95k

APPLICATIONS

32.67k

GAMES

285

DOWNLOAD SHARE

3%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

8.74b

APP DOWNLOADS

6.54b

GAME DOWNLOADS

2.21b


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6) Freshchat Freshdesk Messaging by Freshworks


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 4% have Freshchat Freshdesk Messaging by Freshworks integrated, covering 1% of app downloads in that sdk segment.



APP SHARE

4%

TOTAL APPS

25.39k

APPLICATIONS

25.26k

GAMES

123

DOWNLOAD SHARE

1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

2.83b

APP DOWNLOADS

2.74b

GAME DOWNLOADS

90.86m


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

13.81k

APPLICATIONS

13.79k

GAMES

12

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

207.34m

APP DOWNLOADS

207.05m

GAME DOWNLOADS

288.68k


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

10.29k

APPLICATIONS

10.28k

GAMES

14

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

646.4m

APP DOWNLOADS

645.59m

GAME DOWNLOADS

812.07k


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

9.93k

APPLICATIONS

9.89k

GAMES

39

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

1.52b

APP DOWNLOADS

1.46b

GAME DOWNLOADS

54.33m


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

9.21k

APPLICATIONS

9.1k

GAMES

104

DOWNLOAD SHARE

1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

4.39b

APP DOWNLOADS

3.85b

GAME DOWNLOADS

543.98m


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

7.96k

APPLICATIONS

7.95k

GAMES

9

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

324.07m

APP DOWNLOADS

323.97m

GAME DOWNLOADS

105.64k


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 5% 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

6.5k

APPLICATIONS

3.55k

GAMES

2.94k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

5%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

11.88b

APP DOWNLOADS

6.19b

GAME DOWNLOADS

5.69b


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

4.83k

APPLICATIONS

4.82k

GAMES

7

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

689.82m

APP DOWNLOADS

688.01m

GAME DOWNLOADS

1.81m


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

4.5k

APPLICATIONS

4.31k

GAMES

191

DOWNLOAD SHARE

2%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

6.23b

APP DOWNLOADS

4.38b

GAME DOWNLOADS

1.84b


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


16) 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

4.46k

APPLICATIONS

4.41k

GAMES

49

DOWNLOAD SHARE

1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

3.97b

APP DOWNLOADS

3.84b

GAME DOWNLOADS

131.5m


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


17) 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

4.42k

APPLICATIONS

4.41k

GAMES

13

DOWNLOAD SHARE

2%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

4.89b

APP DOWNLOADS

779.41m

GAME DOWNLOADS

4.11b


Browse all apps that have JW Player 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

3.43k

APPLICATIONS

3.43k

GAMES

4

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

226.17m

APP DOWNLOADS

226.16m

GAME DOWNLOADS

12.48k


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

3.01k

APPLICATIONS

2.99k

GAMES

11

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

2.19b

APP DOWNLOADS

2.18b

GAME DOWNLOADS

3.28m


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


20) Amazon Simple Notification Service SNS


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs <1% have Amazon Simple Notification Service SNS integrated, covering <1% of app downloads in that sdk segment.



APP SHARE

<1%

TOTAL APPS

2.8k

APPLICATIONS

2.78k

GAMES

23

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

1.07b

APP DOWNLOADS

1.01b

GAME DOWNLOADS

58.18m


Browse all apps that have Amazon Simple Notification Service SNS 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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