Top 20 Communication SDKs Used in Android Apps on Google Play Store
Last update: 30 May 2023 CET
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Top 20 Communication SDKs Used in Android Apps on Google Play Store

We at 42matters have gathered a list of the most popular communication SDKs among Android apps on the Android app market.

This list is based on our analysis of the 2,300+ SDKs integrated in the vast mobile applications inventory of the Google Play Store. It provides a glimpse into the rich mobile application insights generated by 42matters’ technology. This data is available via our APIs, file dumps, Explorer, and SDK 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.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, 54% have integrated OneSignal. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

OneSignal is a market leader in customer engagement. The SDK powers mobile and web push and email and in-app messages.

Total Apps
340.03k
App Share icon
App Share
54%
Apps vs Games
Apps
322.20k
Games
17.83k
Total Downloads
33.97b
App Share icon
Download Share
11%
Apps vs Games Downloads
App Downloads
23.48b
Game Downloads
10.50b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use OneSignal.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, 27% have integrated gRPC. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

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.

Total Apps
172.12k
App Share icon
App Share
27%
Apps vs Games
Apps
165.40k
Games
6.72k
Total Downloads
120.76b
App Share icon
Download Share
41%
Apps vs Games Downloads
App Downloads
109.94b
Game Downloads
10.83b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use gRPC.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, 11% have integrated WebRTC. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

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.

Total Apps
69.47k
App Share icon
App Share
11%
Apps vs Games
Apps
69.27k
Games
198
Total Downloads
86.18b
App Share icon
Download Share
29%
Apps vs Games Downloads
App Downloads
84.29b
Game Downloads
1.89b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use WebRTC.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, 8% have integrated Intercom. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

Intercom is a Conversational Relationship Platform SDK that helps businesses build customer relationships through personalized, messenger-based experiences.

Total Apps
54.90k
App Share icon
App Share
8%
Apps vs Games
Apps
54.84k
Games
58
Total Downloads
3.74b
App Share icon
Download Share
1%
Apps vs Games Downloads
App Downloads
3.62b
Game Downloads
121.11m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Intercom.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, 7% have integrated Agora.io. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

Agora.io provides the building blocks for real-time voice and video communications through a simple and powerful SDK.

Total Apps
47.91k
App Share icon
App Share
7%
Apps vs Games
Apps
47.55k
Games
362
Total Downloads
12.47b
App Share icon
Download Share
4%
Apps vs Games Downloads
App Downloads
9.06b
Game Downloads
3.42b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Agora.io.

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Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, 6% have integrated Freshchat Freshdesk Messaging by Freshworks. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

Total Apps
38.40k
App Share icon
App Share
6%
Apps vs Games
Apps
38.27k
Games
125
Total Downloads
3.98b
App Share icon
Download Share
1%
Apps vs Games Downloads
App Downloads
3.86b
Game Downloads
122.59m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Freshchat Freshdesk Messaging by Freshworks.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, 2% have integrated Zoom. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

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.

Total Apps
18.29k
App Share icon
App Share
2%
Apps vs Games
Apps
18.27k
Games
16
Total Downloads
296.69m
App Share icon
Download Share
<1%
Apps vs Games Downloads
App Downloads
296.40m
Game Downloads
291.39k

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Zoom.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, 2% have integrated Twilio Programmable Video. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

The Programmable Video REST API allows you to control your video applications from your back-end server via HTTP requests.

Total Apps
15.03k
App Share icon
App Share
2%
Apps vs Games
Apps
15.01k
Games
21
Total Downloads
948.71m
App Share icon
Download Share
<1%
Apps vs Games Downloads
App Downloads
924.98m
Game Downloads
23.73m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Twilio Programmable Video.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, 2% have integrated Zendesk. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

Zendesk builds software designed to improve customer relationships.

Total Apps
12.88k
App Share icon
App Share
2%
Apps vs Games
Apps
12.51k
Games
371
Total Downloads
13.21b
App Share icon
Download Share
4%
Apps vs Games Downloads
App Downloads
10.81b
Game Downloads
2.40b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Zendesk.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, 1% have integrated PubNub. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

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.

Total Apps
10.06k
App Share icon
App Share
1%
Apps vs Games
Apps
10.02k
Games
40
Total Downloads
1.93b
App Share icon
Download Share
<1%
Apps vs Games Downloads
App Downloads
1.87b
Game Downloads
58.30m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use PubNub.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, 1% have integrated Jitsi 8x8 Meet. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

Total Apps
9.93k
App Share icon
App Share
1%
Apps vs Games
Apps
9.92k
Games
10
Total Downloads
262.05m
App Share icon
Download Share
<1%
Apps vs Games Downloads
App Downloads
261.94m
Game Downloads
109.69k

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Jitsi 8x8 Meet.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, 1% have integrated Urban Airship. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

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.

Total Apps
8.76k
App Share icon
App Share
1%
Apps vs Games
Apps
8.66k
Games
103
Total Downloads
4.89b
App Share icon
Download Share
1%
Apps vs Games Downloads
App Downloads
4.32b
Game Downloads
568.13m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Urban Airship.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, <1% have integrated Umeng Common ASMS. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

Common is a Umeng Analytics SDK. It's a leading mobile app analytical platform in China.

Total Apps
5.93k
App Share icon
App Share
<1%
Apps vs Games
Apps
3.33k
Games
2.61k
Total Downloads
11.68b
App Share icon
Download Share
4%
Apps vs Games Downloads
App Downloads
6.36b
Game Downloads
5.32b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Umeng Common ASMS.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, <1% have integrated OpenTok Tokbox by Vonage. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

Vonage APIs (formerly Nexmo and TokBox) help growing startups and agile enterprises enhance customer experience and realize new business outcomes at scale.

Total Apps
5.42k
App Share icon
App Share
<1%
Apps vs Games
Apps
5.41k
Games
6
Total Downloads
885.65m
App Share icon
Download Share
<1%
Apps vs Games Downloads
App Downloads
883.82m
Game Downloads
1.83m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use OpenTok Tokbox by Vonage.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, <1% have integrated Smack. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

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.

Total Apps
4.59k
App Share icon
App Share
<1%
Apps vs Games
Apps
4.55k
Games
46
Total Downloads
4.47b
App Share icon
Download Share
1%
Apps vs Games Downloads
App Downloads
4.37b
Game Downloads
106.24m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Smack.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, <1% have integrated JW Player. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

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.

Total Apps
4.49k
App Share icon
App Share
<1%
Apps vs Games
Apps
4.47k
Games
16
Total Downloads
7.50b
App Share icon
Download Share
2%
Apps vs Games Downloads
App Downloads
2.45b
Game Downloads
5.05b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use JW Player.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, <1% have integrated Cordova SMS Plugin. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

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.

Total Apps
3.75k
App Share icon
App Share
<1%
Apps vs Games
Apps
3.75k
Games
2
Total Downloads
315.42m
App Share icon
Download Share
<1%
Apps vs Games Downloads
App Downloads
315.41m
Game Downloads
12.66k

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Cordova SMS Plugin.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, <1% have integrated Pushy. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

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

Total Apps
3.33k
App Share icon
App Share
<1%
Apps vs Games
Apps
3.32k
Games
6
Total Downloads
135.59m
App Share icon
Download Share
<1%
Apps vs Games Downloads
App Downloads
133.81m
Game Downloads
1.78m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Pushy.

Among all apps utilizing communication SDKs, <1% have integrated JXMPP. This accounts for 88% of app downloads within the communication SDK category.

JXMPP is an open source Java base library SDK for XMPP. It provides often-used functionalities needed to build an XMPP stack.

Total Apps
3.10k
App Share icon
App Share
<1%
Apps vs Games
Apps
3.09k
Games
9
Total Downloads
2.56b
App Share icon
Download Share
<1%
Apps vs Games Downloads
App Downloads
2.56b
Game Downloads
3.59m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use JXMPP.

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