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Top 20 Developer Tools SDKs Used in Android Apps on Google Play
Last update: 14 Jul 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, 99.62% have integrated Android Support Library V4. This accounts for 99.12% 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
2.13m
Google Play
App Share
99.62%
Google Play
Apps
1.90m
Games
238.74k
Total Downloads
1.34t
Google Play
Download Share
99.12%
Google Play
App Downloads
943.49b
Game Downloads
394.17b

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

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 86.41% have integrated Google Play Services. This accounts for 95.80% of app downloads within the developer tools SDK category.

Total Apps
1.85m
Google Play
App Share
86.41%
Google Play
Apps
1.63m
Games
221.89k
Total Downloads
1.29t
Google Play
Download Share
95.80%
Google Play
App Downloads
899.56b
Game Downloads
393.30b

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

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 80.01% have integrated Google Firebase. This accounts for 86.43% 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
1.71m
Google Play
App Share
80.01%
Google Play
Apps
1.51m
Games
200.15k
Total Downloads
1.17t
Google Play
Download Share
86.43%
Google Play
App Downloads
796.68b
Game Downloads
369.77b

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

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 57.36% have integrated Firebase Installations. This accounts for 65.81% of app downloads within the developer tools SDK category.

Total Apps
1.23m
Google Play
App Share
57.36%
Google Play
Apps
1.14m
Games
89.64k
Total Downloads
888.09b
Google Play
Download Share
65.81%
Google Play
App Downloads
611.62b
Game Downloads
276.46b

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

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 15.00% have integrated Protobuf. This accounts for 42.54% 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
321.53k
Google Play
App Share
15.00%
Google Play
Apps
286.11k
Games
35.43k
Total Downloads
574.05b
Google Play
Download Share
42.54%
Google Play
App Downloads
394.82b
Game Downloads
179.23b

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

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 13.83% have integrated Checker Framework. This accounts for 19.36% of app downloads within the developer tools SDK category.

Total Apps
296.39k
Google Play
App Share
13.83%
Google Play
Apps
253.94k
Games
42.45k
Total Downloads
261.22b
Google Play
Download Share
19.36%
Google Play
App Downloads
113.03b
Game Downloads
148.19b

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

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 13.45% have integrated RxAndroid/RxJava. This accounts for 18.27% 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
288.23k
Google Play
App Share
13.45%
Google Play
Apps
281.75k
Games
6.48k
Total Downloads
246.52b
Google Play
Download Share
18.27%
Google Play
App Downloads
220.28b
Game Downloads
26.24b

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

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 12.85% have integrated Firebase Remote Config. This accounts for 31.79% of app downloads within the developer tools SDK category.

Total Apps
275.40k
Google Play
App Share
12.85%
Google Play
Apps
240.31k
Games
35.09k
Total Downloads
429.05b
Google Play
Download Share
31.79%
Google Play
App Downloads
267.41b
Game Downloads
161.64b

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

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 12.36% have integrated Dagger. This accounts for 22.85% 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
264.83k
Google Play
App Share
12.36%
Google Play
Apps
248.92k
Games
15.91k
Total Downloads
308.31b
Google Play
Download Share
22.85%
Google Play
App Downloads
249.69b
Game Downloads
58.61b

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

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 10.85% have integrated React Native Reanimated. This accounts for 1.96% of app downloads within the developer tools SDK category.

Total Apps
232.59k
Google Play
App Share
10.85%
Google Play
Apps
230.31k
Games
2.28k
Total Downloads
26.43b
Google Play
Download Share
1.96%
Google Play
App Downloads
25.97b
Game Downloads
455.17m

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

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 8.06% have integrated EventBus. This accounts for 15.14% 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
172.81k
Google Play
App Share
8.06%
Google Play
Apps
167.12k
Games
5.68k
Total Downloads
204.33b
Google Play
Download Share
15.14%
Google Play
App Downloads
167.95b
Game Downloads
36.38b

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

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 7.72% have integrated Apache Commons Codec. This accounts for 8.57% of app downloads within the developer tools SDK category.

Total Apps
165.42k
Google Play
App Share
7.72%
Google Play
Apps
160.85k
Games
4.57k
Total Downloads
115.69b
Google Play
Download Share
8.57%
Google Play
App Downloads
98.39b
Game Downloads
17.29b

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

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 7.28% have integrated Apache Commons IO. This accounts for 5.86% 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
155.95k
Google Play
App Share
7.28%
Google Play
Apps
152.75k
Games
3.20k
Total Downloads
79.08b
Google Play
Download Share
5.86%
Google Play
App Downloads
71.95b
Game Downloads
7.14b

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

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 7.22% have integrated Firebase App Check. This accounts for 5.59% of app downloads within the developer tools SDK category.

Total Apps
154.80k
Google Play
App Share
7.22%
Google Play
Apps
142.63k
Games
12.17k
Total Downloads
75.42b
Google Play
Download Share
5.59%
Google Play
App Downloads
42.69b
Game Downloads
32.72b

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

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 6.93% have integrated Apache Commons Lang. This accounts for 6.47% of app downloads within the developer tools SDK category.

Total Apps
148.58k
Google Play
App Share
6.93%
Google Play
Apps
146.96k
Games
1.61k
Total Downloads
87.26b
Google Play
Download Share
6.47%
Google Play
App Downloads
79.75b
Game Downloads
7.52b

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

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 6.67% have integrated react-native-device-info. This accounts for 1.13% 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
142.91k
Google Play
App Share
6.67%
Google Play
Apps
142.03k
Games
890
Total Downloads
15.24b
Google Play
Download Share
1.13%
Google Play
App Downloads
14.84b
Game Downloads
403.97m

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

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 5.63% have integrated ML Kit by Google. This accounts for 13.65% of app downloads within the developer tools SDK category.

Total Apps
120.58k
Google Play
App Share
5.63%
Google Play
Apps
120.06k
Games
518
Total Downloads
184.24b
Google Play
Download Share
13.65%
Google Play
App Downloads
182.74b
Game Downloads
1.50b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use ML Kit by Google.

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 5.28% have integrated Animal Sniffer. This accounts for 3.72% 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
113.21k
Google Play
App Share
5.28%
Google Play
Apps
106.65k
Games
6.56k
Total Downloads
50.15b
Google Play
Download Share
3.72%
Google Play
App Downloads
33.76b
Game Downloads
16.39b

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

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 5.09% have integrated Jackson FasterXML. This accounts for 10.77% 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
109.09k
Google Play
App Share
5.09%
Google Play
Apps
106.85k
Games
2.23k
Total Downloads
145.34b
Google Play
Download Share
10.77%
Google Play
App Downloads
132.76b
Game Downloads
12.58b

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

Among all apps utilizing developer tools SDKs, 4.90% have integrated Android Support Library V7. This accounts for 27.86% 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
104.94k
Google Play
App Share
4.90%
Google Play
Apps
97.74k
Games
7.19k
Total Downloads
375.92b
Google Play
Download Share
27.86%
Google Play
App Downloads
349.92b
Game Downloads
26.00b

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

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