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Top 20 Networking SDKs Used in Android Apps on Google Play
Last update: 21 Apr 2024 CET
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Top 20 Networking SDKs Used in Android Apps on Google Play

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

Networking SDKs are developer tools that provide networking functionalities for mobile apps. They enable developers to build apps capable of communicating with servers or other devices over a network, without having to build these capabilities from scratch. Network SDKs typically facilitate network requests, response handling, authentication, and more.

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 Networking 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 networking SDKs, 83.64% have integrated OkHttp. This accounts for 77.95% of app downloads within the networking SDK category.

The OkHttp SDK is Square’s meticulous HTTP client for Java and Kotlin.

Total Apps
1.45m
Google Play
App Share
83.64%
Google Play
Apps
1.37m
Games
80.44k
Total Downloads
793.86b
Google Play
Download Share
77.95%
Google Play
App Downloads
535.24b
Game Downloads
258.62b

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

Among all apps utilizing networking SDKs, 64.22% have integrated gson. This accounts for 74.29% of app downloads within the networking SDK category.

gson is a Java library SDK that can be used to convert Java Objects into their JSON representation. It can also be used to convert a JSON string to an equivalent Java object.

Total Apps
1.11m
Google Play
App Share
64.22%
Google Play
Apps
1.03m
Games
85.01k
Total Downloads
756.54b
Google Play
Download Share
74.29%
Google Play
App Downloads
525.85b
Game Downloads
230.69b

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

Among all apps utilizing networking SDKs, 29.08% have integrated Retrofit. This accounts for 20.64% of app downloads within the networking SDK category.

Retrofit is an SDK that offers a type-safe HTTP client for Android and the JVM.

Total Apps
503.59k
Google Play
App Share
29.08%
Google Play
Apps
488.10k
Games
15.49k
Total Downloads
210.25b
Google Play
Download Share
20.64%
Google Play
App Downloads
167.63b
Game Downloads
42.62b

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

Among all apps utilizing networking SDKs, 15.93% have integrated Volley. This accounts for 16.23% of app downloads within the networking SDK category.

Volley is an HTTP library SDK that makes networking for Android apps easier and, most importantly, faster.

Total Apps
275.82k
Google Play
App Share
15.93%
Google Play
Apps
265.20k
Games
10.62k
Total Downloads
165.33b
Google Play
Download Share
16.23%
Google Play
App Downloads
137.19b
Game Downloads
28.14b

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

Among all apps utilizing networking SDKs, 11.69% have integrated gRPC. This accounts for 15.07% of app downloads within the networking 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
202.43k
Google Play
App Share
11.69%
Google Play
Apps
194.47k
Games
7.96k
Total Downloads
153.51b
Google Play
Download Share
15.07%
Google Play
App Downloads
137.72b
Game Downloads
15.79b

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

Among all apps utilizing networking SDKs, 6.78% have integrated Apache HttpComponents. This accounts for 7.85% of app downloads within the networking SDK category.

The Apache HttpComponents project SDK is responsible for creating and maintaining a toolset of low level Java components focused on HTTP and associated protocols.

Total Apps
117.48k
Google Play
App Share
6.78%
Google Play
Apps
112.48k
Games
5.00k
Total Downloads
79.94b
Google Play
Download Share
7.85%
Google Play
App Downloads
66.82b
Game Downloads
13.12b

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

Among all apps utilizing networking SDKs, 4.06% have integrated WebRTC. This accounts for 9.60% of app downloads within the networking 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
70.30k
Google Play
App Share
4.06%
Google Play
Apps
70.05k
Games
246
Total Downloads
97.72b
Google Play
Download Share
9.60%
Google Play
App Downloads
96.07b
Game Downloads
1.65b

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

Among all apps utilizing networking SDKs, 3.86% have integrated Socket.io. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the networking SDK category.

Socket.IO is an SDK that enables real-time, bidirectional and event-based communication. It works on every platform, browser or device, focusing equally on reliability and speed.

Total Apps
66.90k
Google Play
App Share
3.86%
Google Play
Apps
66.51k
Games
398
Total Downloads
9.57b
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
8.87b
Game Downloads
705.88m

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

Among all apps utilizing networking SDKs, 3.86% have integrated Engine.IO. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the networking SDK category.

The Engine.IO SDK is the implementation of a transport-based, cross-browser/cross-device, bi-directional communication layer for Socket.IO.

Total Apps
66.82k
Google Play
App Share
3.86%
Google Play
Apps
66.42k
Games
401
Total Downloads
9.50b
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
8.78b
Game Downloads
718.27m

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

Among all apps utilizing networking SDKs, 2.30% have integrated HttpClient by Msebera. This accounts for 4.35% of app downloads within the networking SDK category.

HttpClient by Msebera is an SDK that helps you build repackaged, upstream versions of HttpClient and its depdendencies (HttpMime, HttpCore, HttpClient-Cache) for versions 3 to 23 of the Android API.

Total Apps
39.81k
Google Play
App Share
2.30%
Google Play
Apps
34.83k
Games
4.98k
Total Downloads
44.33b
Google Play
Download Share
4.35%
Google Play
App Downloads
26.61b
Game Downloads
17.72b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use HttpClient by Msebera.

Among all apps utilizing networking SDKs, 2.20% have integrated Android Asynchronous Http Client. This accounts for 3.06% of app downloads within the networking SDK category.

Android Asynchronous Http Client is an asynchronous, callback-based Http client SDK for Android apps. It was built on top of Apache’s HttpClient libraries.

Total Apps
38.10k
Google Play
App Share
2.20%
Google Play
Apps
32.48k
Games
5.62k
Total Downloads
31.12b
Google Play
Download Share
3.06%
Google Play
App Downloads
14.58b
Game Downloads
16.54b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Android Asynchronous Http Client.

Among all apps utilizing networking SDKs, 1.98% have integrated Simple Framework. This accounts for 1.65% of app downloads within the networking SDK category.

Simple Framework is an SDK that brings simplicity, scalability, and performance to server side Java. The primary focus of the project is to provide a truly embeddable Java based HTTP and WebSocket engine capable of handling enormous loads.

Total Apps
34.26k
Google Play
App Share
1.98%
Google Play
Apps
33.81k
Games
447
Total Downloads
16.80b
Google Play
Download Share
1.65%
Google Play
App Downloads
15.28b
Game Downloads
1.51b

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

Among all apps utilizing networking SDKs, 1.29% have integrated Ktor. This accounts for 3.45% of app downloads within the networking SDK category.

Total Apps
22.39k
Google Play
App Share
1.29%
Google Play
Apps
21.11k
Games
1.28k
Total Downloads
35.15b
Google Play
Download Share
3.45%
Google Play
App Downloads
21.89b
Game Downloads
13.27b

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

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

AndroidAsync is a low level network protocol library SDK. It has an asynchronous socket, http(s) (client+server) and websocket library for Android.

Total Apps
16.42k
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
16.17k
Games
251
Total Downloads
5.32b
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
4.97b
Game Downloads
352.21m

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

Among all apps utilizing networking SDKs, <1% have integrated Alibaba Fastjson. This accounts for 2.67% of app downloads within the networking SDK category.

Fastjson is a Java library SDK that can be used to convert Java objects into their JSON representation. It can also be used to convert a JSON string to an equivalent Java object.

Total Apps
13.27k
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
11.93k
Games
1.35k
Total Downloads
27.18b
Google Play
Download Share
2.67%
Google Play
App Downloads
24.38b
Game Downloads
2.80b

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

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Among all apps utilizing networking SDKs, <1% have integrated Android Asynchronous Networking and Image Loading. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the networking SDK category.

Ion is an android library SDK for asynchronous networking and image loading.

Total Apps
12.73k
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
12.67k
Games
59
Total Downloads
1.92b
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
1.71b
Game Downloads
215.30m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Android Asynchronous Networking and Image Loading.

Among all apps utilizing networking SDKs, <1% have integrated Store by NYTimes. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the networking SDK category.

Total Apps
9.67k
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
9.62k
Games
49
Total Downloads
5.60b
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
5.52b
Game Downloads
75.27m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Store by NYTimes.

Among all apps utilizing networking SDKs, <1% have integrated Http Request. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the networking SDK category.

Http Request is a simple convenience library SDK for using an HttpURLConnection to make requests and access responses.

Total Apps
4.42k
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
4.39k
Games
33
Total Downloads
475.30m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
447.72m
Game Downloads
27.58m

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

Among all apps utilizing networking SDKs, <1% have integrated Smack. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the networking 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
4.02k
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
3.98k
Games
32
Total Downloads
4.60b
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
4.50b
Game Downloads
94.81m

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

Among all apps utilizing networking SDKs, <1% have integrated Tinder Scarlet. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the networking SDK category.

Total Apps
3.51k
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
3.47k
Games
38
Total Downloads
1.57b
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
1.48b
Game Downloads
84.82m

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

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