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Top 20 Location and Maps SDKs Used in Android Apps on Google Play
Last update: 14 Jul 2024 CET
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Top 20 Location and Maps SDKs Used in Android Apps on Google Play

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

Location and Map SDKs help developers leverage location-based services, like mapping, navigation, and geolocation, for their mobile apps, without having to build them from scratch. This may include things like maps, geocoding, routing, and other location-based services.

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 Location and Maps 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 location and maps SDKs, 92.84% have integrated Google Maps. This accounts for 92.19% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

The Google Maps Platform is a set of APIs and SDKs that allows developers to embed Google Maps into mobile apps and web pages, or to retrieve data from Google Maps.

Total Apps
528.16k
Google Play
App Share
92.84%
Google Play
Apps
520.97k
Games
7.20k
Total Downloads
282.95b
Google Play
Download Share
92.19%
Google Play
App Downloads
264.61b
Game Downloads
18.34b

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

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, 11.77% have integrated React Native Mapview. This accounts for 2.43% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

The React Native Mapview SDK offers map components for iOS and Android.

Total Apps
66.96k
Google Play
App Share
11.77%
Google Play
Apps
66.81k
Games
154
Total Downloads
7.45b
Google Play
Download Share
2.43%
Google Play
App Downloads
7.45b
Game Downloads
4.66m

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

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, 10.29% have integrated Places by Google. This accounts for 20.03% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

Google's Places API is a service that returns information about places using HTTP requests. Places are defined within this API as establishments, geographic locations, or prominent points of interest.

Total Apps
58.53k
Google Play
App Share
10.29%
Google Play
Apps
58.35k
Games
177
Total Downloads
61.48b
Google Play
Download Share
20.03%
Google Play
App Downloads
61.42b
Game Downloads
61.54m

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

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, 5.57% have integrated Smart Location Library. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

The Smart Location Library SDK is an Android library project that intends to simplify the usage of location providers and activity recognition with a nice fluid API.

Total Apps
31.69k
Google Play
App Share
5.57%
Google Play
Apps
31.40k
Games
292
Total Downloads
1.27b
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
1.25b
Game Downloads
26.45m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Smart Location Library.

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, 3.26% have integrated AltBeacon by Radius Networks. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

Radius Networks provides a machine-learning platform that offers location-based data and insights for the retail and e-commerce sectors.

Total Apps
18.53k
Google Play
App Share
3.26%
Google Play
Apps
18.18k
Games
350
Total Downloads
2.25b
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
2.16b
Game Downloads
90.15m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use AltBeacon by Radius Networks.

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, 2.87% have integrated Mapbox. This accounts for 8.39% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

Mapbox is an open source mapping platform for custom designed maps. Our APIs and SDKs are the building blocks to integrate location into any mobile or web app.

Total Apps
16.33k
Google Play
App Share
2.87%
Google Play
Apps
16.20k
Games
124
Total Downloads
25.76b
Google Play
Download Share
8.39%
Google Play
App Downloads
25.72b
Game Downloads
40.45m

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

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, <1% have integrated Osmdroid. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

The Osmdroid SDK is a (almost) full/free replacement for Android's MapView (v1 API) class. It includes a modular tile provider system with support for numerous online and offline tile sources, and overlay support with built-in overlays for plotting icons, tracking location, and drawing shapes.

Total Apps
3.77k
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
3.75k
Games
18
Total Downloads
556.36m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
555.41m
Game Downloads
942.24k

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

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, <1% have integrated Yandex Map Kit. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

Yandex Map Kit is an SDK library that allows you to use Yandex map data and technologies in mobile applications.

Total Apps
3.72k
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
3.72k
Games
0
Total Downloads
2.78b
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
2.78b
Game Downloads
26.57k

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Yandex Map Kit.

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, <1% have integrated Umlaut P3 Insight Speedtest. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

P3 is an independent and international consulting company, that offers consulting and engineering services, as well as software development for numerous customers.

Total Apps
2.78k
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
2.67k
Games
109
Total Downloads
1.55b
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
1.55b
Game Downloads
5.87m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Umlaut P3 Insight Speedtest.

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, <1% have integrated Monedata. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

Total Apps
2.56k
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
2.45k
Games
109
Total Downloads
476.02m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
470.11m
Game Downloads
5.91m

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

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, <1% have integrated teragence. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

Teragence is an SDK that delivers insights based on hyper-granular competitive network analytics for any network operator, helping you understand and compare mobile customer experience across different networks, geographies, and applications.

Total Apps
2.39k
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
2.29k
Games
107
Total Downloads
127.84m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
122.20m
Game Downloads
5.64m

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

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, <1% have integrated Kakao API. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

Kakao API is a multi-platform texting SDK that allows iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry apps to send and receive messages for free.

Total Apps
1.87k
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
1.79k
Games
83
Total Downloads
2.89b
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
2.54b
Game Downloads
344.22m

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

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, <1% have integrated Android-ReactiveLocation. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

Android-ReactiveLocation is a small library SDK that wraps the Google Play service API in a brilliant RxJava observables, reducing boilerplate to a minimum.

Total Apps
1.62k
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
1.62k
Games
1
Total Downloads
243.94m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
243.31m
Game Downloads
628.32k

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Android-ReactiveLocation.

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, <1% have integrated Mapsforge. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

The Mapsforge Software Development Kit (SDK) is a vector map library and writer. It works for apps and games running on Android and Desktop devices.

Total Apps
1.46k
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
1.44k
Games
24
Total Downloads
127.39m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
126.91m
Game Downloads
481.36k

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

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, <1% have integrated Kontakt.io. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

Kontakt.io is an SDK that helps you reduce the complexity and costs of capturing and processing location and sensor data.

Total Apps
1.06k
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
1.05k
Games
12
Total Downloads
34.51m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
33.48m
Game Downloads
1.02m

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

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, <1% have integrated HyperTrack. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

HyperTrack is the world's largest community of logistics tech builders. They help you build logistics apps that feel like the future.

Total Apps
699
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
691
Games
8
Total Downloads
236.57m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
155.38m
Game Downloads
81.18m

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

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, <1% have integrated Baidu Location. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

Total Apps
693
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
686
Games
7
Total Downloads
1.09b
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
1.06b
Game Downloads
32.85m

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

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, <1% have integrated Gaode AMap. This accounts for 2.31% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

Gaode Map SDK is an SDK used for geocoding.

Total Apps
662
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
653
Games
9
Total Downloads
7.08b
Google Play
Download Share
2.31%
Google Play
App Downloads
7.03b
Game Downloads
53.26m

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

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, <1% have integrated Baidu Maps. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

Baidu Maps is a desktop and mobile web mapping service application and SDK provided by Baidu. It offers satellite imagery, street maps, street view, and indoor view perspectives, as well as functions such as a route planner for traveling by foot, car, or with public transportation.

Total Apps
658
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
657
Games
1
Total Downloads
424.07m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
423.23m
Game Downloads
839.10k

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

Among all apps utilizing location and maps SDKs, <1% have integrated Android Maps Extensions. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the location and maps SDK category.

Android Maps Extensions is a library SDK extending the capabilities of the Google Maps Android API v2.

Total Apps
654
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
653
Games
1
Total Downloads
210.87m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
210.26m
Game Downloads
611.70k

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Android Maps Extensions.

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