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Top 20 Developer Tools SDKs Used in Android Apps on Google Play
Last update: 24 Feb 2024 CET
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Top 20 Developer Tools SDKs Used in Android Apps on Google Play

We at 42matters have identified the 20 most popular Developer Tools SDKs leveraged by Android apps available on the Android app market.

Developer Tool SDKs help developers build sophisticated mobile apps. Technology vendors and platform providers develop these SDKs — which include programming libraries, APIs, sample code, documentation, and other tools — for third-party app developers that want to build mobile apps that leverage the features and functionalities of their technologies or platforms.

This list is based on our analysis of the millions of mobile applications – and the 2,300+ SDKs they use – that constitute the vast inventory of the Google Play Store. The accompanying data provides readers with a glimpse into the rich mobile application insights generated by the 42matters technology. This data is also available via our APIs, file dumps, Explorer, and SDK Explorer.

The intended purpose of this article is to assist app builders in their search for the perfect Developer Tools SDK to leverage in their app, as well as to give SDK developers insight into their biggest competitors and potential customers. This data collected by our technology may also serve as a useful tool for folks researching the wider mobile app market.

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 99.35% have integrated Android Support Library V4. This accounts for 99.59% of app downloads within the developer tools SDK category.

The Android Support Library V4 SDK includes the largest set of APIs compared to the other libraries, including support for application components, user interface features, accessibility, data handling, network connectivity, and programming utilities.

Total Apps
3.07m
Google Play
App Share
99.35%
Google Play
Apps
2.72m
Games
348.00k
Total Downloads
1.27t
Google Play
Download Share
99.59%
Google Play
App Downloads
896.61b
Game Downloads
372.30b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Android Support Library V4.

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 76.14% have integrated Google Firebase. This accounts for 86.54% of app downloads within the developer tools SDK category.

Firebase is Google's mobile platform SDK that helps you quickly develop high-quality apps and grow your business.

Total Apps
2.35m
Google Play
App Share
76.14%
Google Play
Apps
2.08m
Games
277.58k
Total Downloads
1.10t
Google Play
Download Share
86.54%
Google Play
App Downloads
754.05b
Game Downloads
348.59b

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

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 13.33% have integrated Android Support Library V7. This accounts for 28.51% of app downloads within the developer tools SDK category.

The Android Support Library V7 SDK provides a variety of feature sets that can be included in your app. This includes the v7 appcompat library, v7 cardview library, v7 gridlayout library, and more.

Total Apps
412.16k
Google Play
App Share
13.33%
Google Play
Apps
385.57k
Games
26.60k
Total Downloads
363.30b
Google Play
Download Share
28.51%
Google Play
App Downloads
336.94b
Game Downloads
26.36b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Android Support Library V7.

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 11.95% have integrated Protobuf. This accounts for 37.16% of app downloads within the developer tools SDK category.

Protocol Buffers (a.k.a., protobuf) are Google's language-neutral, platform-neutral, extensible mechanism for serializing structured data.

Total Apps
369.60k
Google Play
App Share
11.95%
Google Play
Apps
339.75k
Games
29.85k
Total Downloads
473.46b
Google Play
Download Share
37.16%
Google Play
App Downloads
363.95b
Game Downloads
109.51b

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

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 11.82% have integrated RxAndroid/RxJava. This accounts for 18.32% of app downloads within the developer tools SDK category.

The RxAndroid/RxJava SDK is a Java VM implementation of Reactive Extensions — a library for composing asynchronous and event-based programs by using observable sequences.

Total Apps
365.57k
Google Play
App Share
11.82%
Google Play
Apps
356.96k
Games
8.62k
Total Downloads
233.39b
Google Play
Download Share
18.32%
Google Play
App Downloads
208.08b
Game Downloads
25.31b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use RxAndroid/RxJava.

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 11.45% have integrated Dagger. This accounts for 23.43% of app downloads within the developer tools SDK category.

Dagger is a fully static, compile-time dependency injection framework SDK for Java, Kotlin, and Android.

Total Apps
353.89k
Google Play
App Share
11.45%
Google Play
Apps
329.96k
Games
23.92k
Total Downloads
298.51b
Google Play
Download Share
23.43%
Google Play
App Downloads
241.64b
Game Downloads
56.87b

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

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 8.56% have integrated Checker Framework. This accounts for 13.39% of app downloads within the developer tools SDK category.

Total Apps
264.75k
Google Play
App Share
8.56%
Google Play
Apps
239.21k
Games
25.54k
Total Downloads
170.59b
Google Play
Download Share
13.39%
Google Play
App Downloads
88.20b
Game Downloads
82.39b

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

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 8.39% have integrated React Native Reanimated. This accounts for 1.85% of app downloads within the developer tools SDK category.

Total Apps
259.37k
Google Play
App Share
8.39%
Google Play
Apps
256.41k
Games
2.95k
Total Downloads
23.55b
Google Play
Download Share
1.85%
Google Play
App Downloads
23.13b
Game Downloads
418.11m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use React Native Reanimated.

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 7.51% have integrated Android Support Library V13. This accounts for 3.67% of app downloads within the developer tools SDK category.

The Android Support Library V13 SDK adds support for the Fragment user interface pattern with the (FragmentCompat) class and additional fragment support classes.

Total Apps
232.34k
Google Play
App Share
7.51%
Google Play
Apps
221.60k
Games
10.74k
Total Downloads
46.76b
Google Play
Download Share
3.67%
Google Play
App Downloads
38.87b
Game Downloads
7.88b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Android Support Library V13.

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 6.78% have integrated EventBus. This accounts for 15.07% of app downloads within the developer tools SDK category.

EventBus is an open-source library SDK for Android and Java using the publisher/subscriber pattern for loose coupling.

Total Apps
209.53k
Google Play
App Share
6.78%
Google Play
Apps
200.08k
Games
9.45k
Total Downloads
191.99b
Google Play
Download Share
15.07%
Google Play
App Downloads
156.63b
Game Downloads
35.36b

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

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 6.66% have integrated Android Design Support Library. This accounts for 4.88% of app downloads within the developer tools SDK category.

The Design Support library SDK adds support for various material design components and patterns for app developers to build upon, such as navigation drawers, floating action buttons (FAB), snackbars, and tabs.

Total Apps
205.95k
Google Play
App Share
6.66%
Google Play
Apps
201.07k
Games
4.88k
Total Downloads
62.17b
Google Play
Download Share
4.88%
Google Play
App Downloads
59.06b
Game Downloads
3.11b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Android Design Support Library.

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 6.18% have integrated Apache Commons Codec. This accounts for 8.24% of app downloads within the developer tools SDK category.

Total Apps
191.17k
Google Play
App Share
6.18%
Google Play
Apps
184.89k
Games
6.28k
Total Downloads
105.05b
Google Play
Download Share
8.24%
Google Play
App Downloads
88.88b
Game Downloads
16.18b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Apache Commons Codec.

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 5.93% have integrated Apache Commons IO. This accounts for 5.76% of app downloads within the developer tools SDK category.

The Apache Commons SDK is an Apache project focused on all aspects of reusable Java components.

Total Apps
183.47k
Google Play
App Share
5.93%
Google Play
Apps
179.53k
Games
3.94k
Total Downloads
73.35b
Google Play
Download Share
5.76%
Google Play
App Downloads
66.51b
Game Downloads
6.85b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Apache Commons IO.

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 5.66% have integrated Apache Commons Lang. This accounts for 5.83% of app downloads within the developer tools SDK category.

Total Apps
174.92k
Google Play
App Share
5.66%
Google Play
Apps
172.77k
Games
2.15k
Total Downloads
74.34b
Google Play
Download Share
5.83%
Google Play
App Downloads
67.01b
Game Downloads
7.33b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Apache Commons Lang.

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 5.22% have integrated react-native-device-info. This accounts for 1.07% of app downloads within the developer tools SDK category.

The react-native-device-info SDK offers device information for React Native for iOS and Android.

Total Apps
161.43k
Google Play
App Share
5.22%
Google Play
Apps
159.97k
Games
1.47k
Total Downloads
13.69b
Google Play
Download Share
1.07%
Google Play
App Downloads
13.33b
Game Downloads
360.81m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use react-native-device-info.

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 5.00% have integrated Jackson FasterXML. This accounts for 10.78% of app downloads within the developer tools SDK category.

The Jackson FasterXML SDK is a suite of data-processing tools for Java, including the flagship streaming JSON parser / generator library, matching data-binding library, and additional data format modules to process data encoded in Avro, BSON, CBOR, CSV, Smile, (Java) Properties, Protobuf, XML or YAML. It can even be used for the large set of data format modules to support widely used data types such as Guava, Joda, PCollections, and many, many more.

Total Apps
154.65k
Google Play
App Share
5.00%
Google Play
Apps
151.94k
Games
2.71k
Total Downloads
137.41b
Google Play
Download Share
10.78%
Google Play
App Downloads
128.03b
Game Downloads
9.38b

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

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 4.77% have integrated Animal Sniffer. This accounts for 4.16% of app downloads within the developer tools SDK category.

Animal Sniffer is an SDK that helps you verify that classes compiled with a newer JDK/API are compatible with an older JDK/API.

Total Apps
147.47k
Google Play
App Share
4.77%
Google Play
Apps
139.83k
Games
7.64k
Total Downloads
53.04b
Google Play
Download Share
4.16%
Google Play
App Downloads
36.26b
Game Downloads
16.77b

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

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 4.29% have integrated SLF4J. This accounts for 9.40% of app downloads within the developer tools SDK category.

The Simple Logging Facade for Java (SLF4J) serves as a simple facade or abstraction for various logging frameworks (e.g. java.util.logging, logback, log4j) allowing the end user to plug in the desired logging framework at deployment time.

Total Apps
132.56k
Google Play
App Share
4.29%
Google Play
Apps
128.78k
Games
3.77k
Total Downloads
119.78b
Google Play
Download Share
9.40%
Google Play
App Downloads
96.30b
Game Downloads
23.48b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use SLF4J.

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 3.98% have integrated Butter Knife. This accounts for 2.87% of app downloads within the developer tools SDK category.

Annotate fields with BindView and a view ID for Butter Knife to find and automatically cast the corresponding view in your layout.

Total Apps
123.02k
Google Play
App Share
3.98%
Google Play
Apps
115.49k
Games
7.53k
Total Downloads
36.62b
Google Play
Download Share
2.87%
Google Play
App Downloads
35.57b
Game Downloads
1.05b

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

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 3.98% have integrated Ionic Keyboard. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the developer tools SDK category.

Ionic Keyboard is a keyboard plugin for Cordova. This SDK has been designed to work seamlessly with cordova-plugin-ionic-webview, so make sure you have it installed first.

Total Apps
122.91k
Google Play
App Share
3.98%
Google Play
Apps
121.80k
Games
1.11k
Total Downloads
3.08b
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
2.93b
Game Downloads
148.16m

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

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