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Top Social SDKs Used in Android Apps


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We here at 42matters have identified the 13 most popular Social SDKs leveraged by Android apps available on the Android app market. These SDKs make it easy for developers to create apps that are integrated into larger social media landscapes. They include such functionalities as streamlined user login, app data and analytics, and various gaming features like leaderboards, in-app achievements, and more. This data is also available via our API and Explorer.


Our list is based on our analysis of the millions of mobile applications – and over 1,200 SDKs integrated into them – that constitute the vast inventory of the Google Play Store. The details contained herein are meant to provide app publishers seeking to build a scalable app with a list of the most trusted Social SDK options. Our list is also meant to help SDK publishers understand their biggest competitors, and offer market researchers a tantalizing glimpse into the sort of market insights our technology can provide.

1) Facebook


Out of all apps that use social SDKs 47% have Facebook integrated, covering 64% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

Facebook offers an SDK that helps app developers build engaging social apps and get more installs. The SDK enables everything from powerful analytics, to Facebook’s secure login feature, to Facebook ads.

APP SHARE

47%

TOTAL APPS

404.36k

APPLICATIONS

349.67k

GAMES

54.69k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

64%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

176.91b

APP DOWNLOADS

106.24b

GAME DOWNLOADS

70.67b


Browse all apps that have Facebook integrated with our App Market Explorer.


2) Google Play Game Services


Out of all apps that use social SDKs 38% have Google Play Game Services integrated, covering 39% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

Google Play Game Services is an SDK that provides cross-platform services that gives app developers the ability to easily integrate popular gaming features such as achievements, leaderboards, Saved Games, and real-time multiplayer on their tablet and mobile games.

APP SHARE

38%

TOTAL APPS

325.72k

APPLICATIONS

205.64k

GAMES

120.08k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

39%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

108.8b

APP DOWNLOADS

27.39b

GAME DOWNLOADS

81.4b


Browse all apps that have Google Play Game Services integrated with our App Market Explorer.


3) Fabric


Out of all apps that use social SDKs 34% have Fabric integrated, covering 38% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

Fabric offers an SDK that was designed to help app publishers build better apps, understand their users, and grow their business. Fabric offers insight into in-app user actions, drives installs, and delivers revenue.

APP SHARE

34%

TOTAL APPS

296.38k

APPLICATIONS

279.55k

GAMES

16.83k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

38%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

106.56b

APP DOWNLOADS

75.67b

GAME DOWNLOADS

30.88b


Browse all apps that have Fabric integrated with our App Market Explorer.


4) Twitter Kit


Out of all apps that use social SDKs 4% have Twitter Kit integrated, covering 5% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

Twitter Kit is an SDK designed to make interacting with Twitter seamless and efficient for mobile apps. Twitter Kit enables apps to send and display Tweets, and log users in.

APP SHARE

4%

TOTAL APPS

41.72k

APPLICATIONS

38.05k

GAMES

3.67k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

5%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

14.38b

APP DOWNLOADS

12.65b

GAME DOWNLOADS

1.73b


Browse all apps that have Twitter Kit integrated with our App Market Explorer.


5) Kakao API


Out of all apps that use social SDKs <1% have Kakao API integrated, covering 2% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

Kakao API is an SDK that enables Kacao Pay payments via the Kacao Platform Service. This includes payments in various environments, such as PC web, mobile web, and mobile apps.

APP SHARE

<1%

TOTAL APPS

4.7k

APPLICATIONS

4.47k

GAMES

235

DOWNLOAD SHARE

2%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

5.6b

APP DOWNLOADS

5.07b

GAME DOWNLOADS

532.32m


Browse all apps that have Kakao API integrated with our App Market Explorer.


6) Twitter4J


Out of all apps that use social SDKs <1% have Twitter4J integrated, covering <1% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

Twitter4J is an unofficial Java library for the Twitter Kit SDK. With Twitter4J, app publishers can easily integrate their application with the Twitter service.

APP SHARE

<1%

TOTAL APPS

4.11k

APPLICATIONS

2.91k

GAMES

1.2k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

1.69b

APP DOWNLOADS

839.27m

GAME DOWNLOADS

851.82m


Browse all apps that have Twitter4J integrated with our App Market Explorer.


7) VK VKontakte


Out of all apps that use social SDKs <1% have VK VKontakte integrated, covering 3% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

VK VKontakte is an SDK that provides pre-made solutions for using basic API functions at popular platforms. The VK VKontakte SDK emphasizes each platform's benefits and decreases integration time.

APP SHARE

<1%

TOTAL APPS

3.82k

APPLICATIONS

3.15k

GAMES

666

DOWNLOAD SHARE

3%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

8.95b

APP DOWNLOADS

5.98b

GAME DOWNLOADS

2.97b


Browse all apps that have VK VKontakte integrated with our App Market Explorer.


8) WeChat


Out of all apps that use social SDKs <1% have WeChat integrated, covering 3% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

WeChat connects billions of people all across the globe with calls, chats, and more. The WeChat Open Platform SDK lets app developers build mobile apps that support Share to WeChat, Add to Favorites in WeChat, and WeChat Pay.

APP SHARE

<1%

TOTAL APPS

3.73k

APPLICATIONS

3.08k

GAMES

647

DOWNLOAD SHARE

3%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

10.67b

APP DOWNLOADS

8.47b

GAME DOWNLOADS

2.2b


Browse all apps that have WeChat integrated with our App Market Explorer.


9) Weibo


Out of all apps that use social SDKs <1% have Weibo integrated, covering 2% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

Weibo is a Chinese microblogging website, and one of the largest social media platforms in the world.

APP SHARE

<1%

TOTAL APPS

2.33k

APPLICATIONS

2.16k

GAMES

172

DOWNLOAD SHARE

2%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

6.27b

APP DOWNLOADS

5.82b

GAME DOWNLOADS

443.39m


Browse all apps that have Weibo integrated with our App Market Explorer.




11) Simple Facebook SDK for Android


Out of all apps that use social SDKs <1% have Simple Facebook SDK for Android integrated, covering <1% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

Simple Facebook SDK for Android is a simplified version of the original Facebook SDK. It is a library project that makes life easier by reducing the amount of necessary coding to enable user login, friend invitation, and more.

APP SHARE

<1%

TOTAL APPS

1.82k

APPLICATIONS

1.73k

GAMES

92

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

153.67m

APP DOWNLOADS

99.86m

GAME DOWNLOADS

53.8m


Browse all apps that have Simple Facebook SDK for Android integrated with our App Market Explorer.


12) Gigya


Out of all apps that use social SDKs <1% have Gigya integrated, covering <1% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

Gigya, an SAP company, offers an SDK that turns anonymous visitors into loyal customers. It gives app publishers the tools they need to grow their audience and build trusted, personalized customer relationships based on transparency and personal data control.

APP SHARE

<1%

TOTAL APPS

1.75k

APPLICATIONS

1.74k

GAMES

14

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

561.89m

APP DOWNLOADS

544.24m

GAME DOWNLOADS

17.65m


Browse all apps that have Gigya integrated with our App Market Explorer.


13) OpenFeint


Out of all apps that use social SDKs <1% have OpenFeint integrated, covering <1% of app downloads in that sdk segment.

OpenFeint is the largest mobile social gaming network in the world. It offers an SDK that allows developers to track high scores, in-game achievements, and leaderboards in their mobile applications.

APP SHARE

<1%

TOTAL APPS

90

APPLICATIONS

8

GAMES

82

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

99.01m

APP DOWNLOADS

330.39k

GAME DOWNLOADS

98.68m


Browse all apps that have OpenFeint integrated with our App Market Explorer.


Where does the data come from?

We at 42matters scan millions of iOS and Android applications upon their release and as they are updated. We maintain an always up-to-date list of SDKs installed in each application. The download numbers represent estimates. The data collected can be used to compare the distribution of SDKs by category (find the full list of SDKs per category here), and in this way provide a more rigorous understanding of the SDK market share within the broader mobile application landscape. Contact us if you want to learn more.


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