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Top 20 Security and Privacy SDKs Used in Android Apps on Google Play
Last update: 24 Feb 2024 CET
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Top 20 Security and Privacy SDKs Used in Android Apps on Google Play

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

Security and Privacy SDKs are developer tools that provide various functionalities for developers that need to add secure data transmission, storage, or processing to their mobile apps, as well as privacy compliance. Common features include authentication, authorization, encryption, decryption, data access control, tokenization, certificate management, secure communication, etc.

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 Security and Privacy 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 security and privacy SDKs, 17.47% have integrated Bouncy Castle Crypto. This accounts for 16.46% of app downloads within the security and privacy SDK category.

The Bouncy Castle Crypto package SDK is a Java implementation of cryptographic algorithms.

Total Apps
136.94k
Google Play
App Share
17.47%
Google Play
Apps
135.53k
Games
1.41k
Total Downloads
81.86b
Google Play
Download Share
16.46%
Google Play
App Downloads
75.29b
Game Downloads
6.57b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Bouncy Castle Crypto.

Among all apps utilizing security and privacy SDKs, 15.67% have integrated Google reCAPTCHA. This accounts for 10.75% of app downloads within the security and privacy SDK category.

Total Apps
122.81k
Google Play
App Share
15.67%
Google Play
Apps
116.43k
Games
6.39k
Total Downloads
53.47b
Google Play
Download Share
10.75%
Google Play
App Downloads
35.12b
Game Downloads
18.34b

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

Among all apps utilizing security and privacy SDKs, 4.71% have integrated SafeDK. This accounts for 14.60% of app downloads within the security and privacy SDK category.

SafeDK is an SDK management and marketplace for enterprises and mobile developers. It offers an infrastructure solution, which improves mobile apps' security, stability, and QoS by monitoring and controlling 3rd party tools integrated in the apps.

Total Apps
36.90k
Google Play
App Share
4.71%
Google Play
Apps
13.78k
Games
23.13k
Total Downloads
72.60b
Google Play
Download Share
14.60%
Google Play
App Downloads
12.09b
Game Downloads
60.51b

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

Among all apps utilizing security and privacy SDKs, 4.40% have integrated Conceal by Facebook. This accounts for 1.96% of app downloads within the security and privacy SDK category.

Total Apps
34.49k
Google Play
App Share
4.40%
Google Play
Apps
34.36k
Games
127
Total Downloads
9.74b
Google Play
Download Share
1.96%
Google Play
App Downloads
9.66b
Game Downloads
82.10m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Conceal by Facebook.

Among all apps utilizing security and privacy SDKs, 3.92% have integrated SQLCipher for Android. This accounts for 4.61% of app downloads within the security and privacy SDK category.

SQLCipher for Android is an open source extension SDK for SQLite that provides transparent 256-bit AES encryption of database files.

Total Apps
30.70k
Google Play
App Share
3.92%
Google Play
Apps
30.00k
Games
701
Total Downloads
22.95b
Google Play
Download Share
4.61%
Google Play
App Downloads
17.73b
Game Downloads
5.22b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use SQLCipher for Android.

Among all apps utilizing security and privacy SDKs, 3.80% have integrated Spongy Castle. This accounts for 4.79% of app downloads within the security and privacy SDK category.

Spongy Castle is an SDK that repackages Bouncy Castle for Android (which ships a crippled version of BC).

Total Apps
29.80k
Google Play
App Share
3.80%
Google Play
Apps
28.43k
Games
1.37k
Total Downloads
23.81b
Google Play
Download Share
4.79%
Google Play
App Downloads
20.50b
Game Downloads
3.31b

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

Among all apps utilizing security and privacy SDKs, <1% have integrated AESCrypt. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the security and privacy SDK category.

AESCrypt is a file encryption SDK, available on several operating systems, that facilitates easy and secure file encryption based on the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES).

Total Apps
4.63k
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
4.58k
Games
46
Total Downloads
815.98m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
803.22m
Game Downloads
12.77m

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

Among all apps utilizing security and privacy SDKs, <1% have integrated Sift. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the security and privacy SDK category.

Sift is a leader in digital trust and safety, empowering organizations of all sizes to unlock new revenue without risk. Sift helps businesses make accurate, real-time decisions that both improve user experience and increase revenue.

Total Apps
3.76k
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
3.76k
Games
2
Total Downloads
1.81b
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
1.81b
Game Downloads
588.03k

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

Among all apps utilizing security and privacy SDKs, <1% have integrated Usercentrics. This accounts for 1.75% of app downloads within the security and privacy SDK category.

Total Apps
3.15k
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
2.34k
Games
814
Total Downloads
8.68b
Google Play
Download Share
1.75%
Google Play
App Downloads
1.21b
Game Downloads
7.47b

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

Among all apps utilizing security and privacy SDKs, <1% have integrated GDPRDialog. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the security and privacy SDK category.

GDPR dialog offers a simple, reusable DialogFragment via SDK.

Total Apps
2.74k
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
2.65k
Games
93
Total Downloads
530.33m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
513.04m
Game Downloads
17.29m

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

Among all apps utilizing security and privacy SDKs, <1% have integrated Riskified. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the security and privacy SDK category.

Total Apps
2.67k
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
2.67k
Games
6
Total Downloads
2.20b
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
2.19b
Game Downloads
10.72m

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

Among all apps utilizing security and privacy SDKs, <1% have integrated ThreatMetrix by LexisNexis. This accounts for 1.88% of app downloads within the security and privacy SDK category.

Total Apps
2.66k
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
2.24k
Games
423
Total Downloads
9.37b
Google Play
Download Share
1.88%
Google Play
App Downloads
7.71b
Game Downloads
1.66b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use ThreatMetrix by LexisNexis.

Among all apps utilizing security and privacy SDKs, <1% have integrated OneTrust Publishers Headless Consent. This accounts for 2.52% of app downloads within the security and privacy SDK category.

Total Apps
2.09k
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
2.04k
Games
51
Total Downloads
12.54b
Google Play
Download Share
2.52%
Google Play
App Downloads
8.68b
Game Downloads
3.86b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use OneTrust Publishers Headless Consent.

Among all apps utilizing security and privacy SDKs, <1% have integrated FraudForce by iovation. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the security and privacy SDK category.

Total Apps
1.86k
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
1.85k
Games
6
Total Downloads
2.41b
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
2.41b
Game Downloads
1.53m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use FraudForce by iovation.

Among all apps utilizing security and privacy SDKs, <1% have integrated Didomi. This accounts for 1.06% of app downloads within the security and privacy SDK category.

The Didomi SDK provides comprehensive solutions to collect, store, and leverage user consents and preferences for your business.

Total Apps
1.39k
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
1.22k
Games
168
Total Downloads
5.25b
Google Play
Download Share
1.06%
Google Play
App Downloads
1.45b
Game Downloads
3.80b

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

Among all apps utilizing security and privacy SDKs, <1% have integrated TrustKit. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the security and privacy SDK category.

TrustKit is an SDK that offers an open source framework that makes it easy to deploy SSL public key pinning and reporting in any iOS 10+, macOS 10.10+, tvOS 10+, or watchOS 3+ App. It supports both Swift and Objective-C Apps.

Total Apps
1.09k
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
1.08k
Games
3
Total Downloads
2.43b
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
2.43b
Game Downloads
3.24m

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

Among all apps utilizing security and privacy SDKs, <1% have integrated Talsec. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the security and privacy SDK category.

Total Apps
691
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
687
Games
4
Total Downloads
198.45m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
198.22m
Game Downloads
225.15k

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

Among all apps utilizing security and privacy SDKs, <1% have integrated Guardsquare DexGuard. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the security and privacy SDK category.

Total Apps
640
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
622
Games
18
Total Downloads
1.28b
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
1.08b
Game Downloads
207.33m

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

Among all apps utilizing security and privacy SDKs, <1% have integrated IBM Trusteer Mobile SDK. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the security and privacy SDK category.

Total Apps
361
Google Play
App Share
<1%
Google Play
Apps
361
Games
0
Total Downloads
267.77m
Google Play
Download Share
<1%
Google Play
App Downloads
267.77m
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use IBM Trusteer Mobile SDK.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How does 42matters collect this data?'

We’ve developed a number of machine learning algorithms that scan millions of mobile and connected TV (CTV) applications on a regular basis. In addition, we collect ground truth app performance intelligence and use this data to build statistical models that estimate the performance of apps for which we do not have ground truth data.

What SDK data does 42matters collect?'

We track over 2,300 of the most popular SDKs integrated in iOS and Android apps. We collect a variety of SDK insights (title, platform, ID, category, and developer website); performance metrics (the number of apps that have installed each SDK, installation and removal trends, and app downloads); market share statistics (including market share per app category); and more!

How can I access 42matters’ SDK data?'

The most direct way is to use our SDK Explorer, which is a visual, web-based research platform that enables you to peruse all 2,300+ SDKs that we track. It’s great for market research, lead generation, competitor analysis, etc. However, more technically-inclined folks might prefer our APIs and File Dumps, which enable you to query info for specific apps or SDKs. You can also use our other research platforms (the Explorer and App Watchlist) to view integrated SDKs by app.

Can I use 42matters’ solutions to generate app publisher leads?'

Absolutely! We actually wrote about this on our blog. We focused on ad network SDKs, but the examples are applicable to most SDK types. To summarize, you can use the Explorer’s advanced filtering capabilities to home in on best-fit app publishers, leverage the SDK Explorer to see which apps use your competitors’ SDKs, and use our APIs and file dumps to build custom lead generation processes.

What data does 42matters provide on mobile apps?'

A ton! We track 17+ million apps across Google Play, the Apple App Store, Amazon Appstore, Tencent Appstore, and Huawei AppGallery. Our solutions provide access to app details (developer insights, metadata, ASO keywords, contact information, etc.); performance metrics (downloads, MAUs, ratings, reviews, top chart rankings, etc.); technical insights (integrated SDKs, permissions, required capabilities, etc.); content details (categories, genres, IAB categories, content ratings, etc.); compliance information (app-ads.txt, privacy policies, store status, etc.) and much, much more!

Can I use 42matters’ solutions to find SDKs for my app?'

Definitely. The SDK Explorer enables you to sort SDKs by category, identify similar SDKs, analyze SDK reliability, and more. In addition, you can use the App Watchlist and Explorer to monitor your competitors, including which SDKs they add and remove, their current tech stacks, and SDK changelogs. This means you use our solutions not only to find the right SDK for a particular purpose, but also which SDKs you might need to keep up with your rivals.