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Top 10 Communication SDKs Used in Android Apps


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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 75% have OneSignal integrated, covering 25% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

OneSignal is the most widely used push notification provider on the market and the leader in customer engagement. The OneSignal SDK enables mobile push, web push, email, and in-app messages. Furthermore, the OneSignal platform is easy to integrate and will have developers communicating with their users in a flash.

APP SHARE

75%

TOTAL APPS

163.25k

APPLICATIONS

151.25k

GAMES

12k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

25%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

13.03b

APP DOWNLOADS

7.42b

GAME DOWNLOADS

5.61b


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


2) Umeng


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 5% have Umeng integrated, covering 27% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

Umeng is a Beijing-based startup providing mobile app analytics solutions for mobile development teams and individual developers. It provides app builders with push services to effectively increase product activity and user stickiness. The Umeng SDK offers stable, secure, efficient, and free messaging services.

APP SHARE

5%

TOTAL APPS

10.92k

APPLICATIONS

6.48k

GAMES

4.44k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

27%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

13.7b

APP DOWNLOADS

8.07b

GAME DOWNLOADS

5.63b


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


3) Urban Airship


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 4% have Urban Airship integrated, covering 5% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

Urban Airship enables developers to maximize the moments that matter most to their users. The Urban Airship SDK gives app builders the tools to deliver meaningful, personalized, inspiring messages at every stage of the customer lifecycle, thus nurturing customer lifetime value.

APP SHARE

4%

TOTAL APPS

10.46k

APPLICATIONS

10.32k

GAMES

135

DOWNLOAD SHARE

5%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

2.91b

APP DOWNLOADS

2.46b

GAME DOWNLOADS

453m


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


4) Intercom


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 4% have Intercom integrated, covering 1% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

Intercom is a customer communication platform that allows businesses to chat with customers in-app and on their website. Intercom provides a customizable messaging SDK that helps app builders drive growth. The SDK lets developers build integrations, apps or customized workflows on top of the Intercom platform, that enables access to data from users, leads, conversations, events and more.

APP SHARE

4%

TOTAL APPS

10.29k

APPLICATIONS

10.27k

GAMES

19

DOWNLOAD SHARE

1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

883.19m

APP DOWNLOADS

861.51m

GAME DOWNLOADS

21.68m


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


5) Smack


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 2% have Smack integrated, covering 4% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

Smack is an Open Source XMPP client library for instant messaging and presence. It can be embedded into applications to create anything from a full XMPP client to simple XMPP integrations, such as sending notification messages.

APP SHARE

2%

TOTAL APPS

4.71k

APPLICATIONS

4.65k

GAMES

63

DOWNLOAD SHARE

4%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

2.33b

APP DOWNLOADS

2.19b

GAME DOWNLOADS

139.93m


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


6) Zendesk


Out of all apps that use communication SDKs 1% have Zendesk integrated, covering 8% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

Zendesk is a support SDK that allows to integrate a Help Center quickly into your app. Users can then create or update directly Zendesk support requests.

APP SHARE

1%

TOTAL APPS

3.64k

APPLICATIONS

3.49k

GAMES

155

DOWNLOAD SHARE

8%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

4.35b

APP DOWNLOADS

3.33b

GAME DOWNLOADS

1.02b


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


7) 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 library for XMPP. It provides the functionality needed to build an XMPP stack.

APP SHARE

1%

TOTAL APPS

2.78k

APPLICATIONS

2.77k

GAMES

10

DOWNLOAD SHARE

1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

834.81m

APP DOWNLOADS

830.92m

GAME DOWNLOADS

3.89m


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




9) Layer


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

Layer offers a full CRM for app developers in order to increase conversion, and improve customer service.

APP SHARE

<1%

TOTAL APPS

1.28k

APPLICATIONS

1.28k

GAMES

0

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

49.1m

APP DOWNLOADS

49.1m

GAME DOWNLOADS

0


Browse all apps that have Layer 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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