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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 26% 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

151.15k

APPLICATIONS

138.07k

GAMES

13.08k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

26%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

11.82b

APP DOWNLOADS

6.54b

GAME DOWNLOADS

5.28b


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

10.93k

APPLICATIONS

6.61k

GAMES

4.32k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

27%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

12.41b

APP DOWNLOADS

7.15b

GAME DOWNLOADS

5.26b


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 6% 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

9.83k

APPLICATIONS

9.68k

GAMES

150

DOWNLOAD SHARE

6%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

2.78b

APP DOWNLOADS

2.34b

GAME DOWNLOADS

441.1m


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

8.55k

APPLICATIONS

8.53k

GAMES

18

DOWNLOAD SHARE

1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

538.85m

APP DOWNLOADS

518.9m

GAME DOWNLOADS

19.95m


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

4.47k

APPLICATIONS

4.41k

GAMES

65

DOWNLOAD SHARE

4%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

2.18b

APP DOWNLOADS

2.05b

GAME DOWNLOADS

131.59m


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 9% 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

3.36k

APPLICATIONS

3.21k

GAMES

153

DOWNLOAD SHARE

9%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

4.1b

APP DOWNLOADS

3.16b

GAME DOWNLOADS

937.16m


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

2.62k

APPLICATIONS

2.61k

GAMES

11

DOWNLOAD SHARE

1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

781.22m

APP DOWNLOADS

777.48m

GAME DOWNLOADS

3.74m


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

1.89k

APPLICATIONS

1.89k

GAMES

0

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

101.31m

APP DOWNLOADS

101.31m

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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