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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

345.48k

APPLICATIONS

327.43k

GAMES

18.05k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

12%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

31.82b

APP DOWNLOADS

22.02b

GAME DOWNLOADS

9.81b


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2) gRPC


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 24% have gRPC integrated, covering 39% 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

24%

TOTAL APPS

148.3k

APPLICATIONS

142.27k

GAMES

6.03k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

39%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

105.21b

APP DOWNLOADS

94.86b

GAME DOWNLOADS

10.35b


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3) WebRTC


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 10% have WebRTC integrated, covering 31% 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

64.9k

APPLICATIONS

64.71k

GAMES

184

DOWNLOAD SHARE

31%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

82.44b

APP DOWNLOADS

81.25b

GAME DOWNLOADS

1.19b


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


4) Intercom


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 8% 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

8%

TOTAL APPS

51.35k

APPLICATIONS

51.3k

GAMES

51

DOWNLOAD SHARE

1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

3.12b

APP DOWNLOADS

3.07b

GAME DOWNLOADS

56.11m


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5) Agora.io


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 7% have Agora.io integrated, covering 4% 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

7%

TOTAL APPS

43.8k

APPLICATIONS

43.47k

GAMES

333

DOWNLOAD SHARE

4%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

11.36b

APP DOWNLOADS

8.15b

GAME DOWNLOADS

3.21b


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6) Freshchat Freshdesk Messaging by Freshworks


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 5% have Freshchat Freshdesk Messaging by Freshworks integrated, covering 1% of app downloads in that sdk segment.



APP SHARE

5%

TOTAL APPS

34.54k

APPLICATIONS

34.41k

GAMES

123

DOWNLOAD SHARE

1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

3.67b

APP DOWNLOADS

3.56b

GAME DOWNLOADS

115.54m


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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

16.82k

APPLICATIONS

16.8k

GAMES

14

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

233.57m

APP DOWNLOADS

233.28m

GAME DOWNLOADS

289.51k


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

13.28k

APPLICATIONS

13.27k

GAMES

11

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

831.64m

APP DOWNLOADS

828.79m

GAME DOWNLOADS

2.85m


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

10.43k

APPLICATIONS

10.39k

GAMES

39

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

1.91b

APP DOWNLOADS

1.85b

GAME DOWNLOADS

57.25m


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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

9.81k

APPLICATIONS

9.7k

GAMES

109

DOWNLOAD SHARE

1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

5.13b

APP DOWNLOADS

4.57b

GAME DOWNLOADS

560.05m


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

9.5k

APPLICATIONS

9.49k

GAMES

9

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

244.21m

APP DOWNLOADS

244.1m

GAME DOWNLOADS

108k


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 4% 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

6.25k

APPLICATIONS

3.61k

GAMES

2.65k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

4%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

11.48b

APP DOWNLOADS

6.2b

GAME DOWNLOADS

5.28b


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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

5.2k

APPLICATIONS

5.19k

GAMES

7

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

802.16m

APP DOWNLOADS

800.33m

GAME DOWNLOADS

1.83m


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

4.87k

APPLICATIONS

4.58k

GAMES

287

DOWNLOAD SHARE

2%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

6.67b

APP DOWNLOADS

4.49b

GAME DOWNLOADS

2.18b


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16) 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

4.63k

APPLICATIONS

4.61k

GAMES

16

DOWNLOAD SHARE

2%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

7.19b

APP DOWNLOADS

2.39b

GAME DOWNLOADS

4.8b


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


17) 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

4.58k

APPLICATIONS

4.53k

GAMES

52

DOWNLOAD SHARE

1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

4.31b

APP DOWNLOADS

4.18b

GAME DOWNLOADS

132.52m


Browse all apps that have Smack 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

3.62k

APPLICATIONS

3.62k

GAMES

3

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

271.09m

APP DOWNLOADS

271.08m

GAME DOWNLOADS

12.63k


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

3.1k

APPLICATIONS

3.09k

GAMES

11

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

2.43b

APP DOWNLOADS

2.43b

GAME DOWNLOADS

3.45m


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


20) Pushy


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

Pushy offers lightning-fast, highly-reliable push notification delivery. This includes worldwide, cross-platform, and time-critical notifications.

APP SHARE

<1%

TOTAL APPS

3.02k

APPLICATIONS

3.02k

GAMES

4

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

137.07m

APP DOWNLOADS

135.29m

GAME DOWNLOADS

1.78m


Browse all apps that have Pushy 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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