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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

398.48k

APPLICATIONS

343.05k

GAMES

55.43k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

64%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

173.02b

APP DOWNLOADS

103.65b

GAME DOWNLOADS

69.37b


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 40% 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

40%

TOTAL APPS

340.71k

APPLICATIONS

216.41k

GAMES

124.29k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

39%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

106.76b

APP DOWNLOADS

27.14b

GAME DOWNLOADS

79.62b


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 33% 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

33%

TOTAL APPS

282.39k

APPLICATIONS

265.85k

GAMES

16.54k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

38%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

102.12b

APP DOWNLOADS

73.53b

GAME DOWNLOADS

28.59b


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

40.49k

APPLICATIONS

36.84k

GAMES

3.65k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

5%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

13.83b

APP DOWNLOADS

12.22b

GAME DOWNLOADS

1.62b


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

4.5k

APPLICATIONS

4.26k

GAMES

237

DOWNLOAD SHARE

2%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

5.42b

APP DOWNLOADS

4.89b

GAME DOWNLOADS

529.06m


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

4.27k

APPLICATIONS

3.03k

GAMES

1.24k

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

1.68b

APP DOWNLOADS

827.03m

GAME DOWNLOADS

848.4m


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

3.76k

APPLICATIONS

3.08k

GAMES

686

DOWNLOAD SHARE

3%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

10.08b

APP DOWNLOADS

5.72b

GAME DOWNLOADS

4.37b


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

3.63k

APPLICATIONS

3k

GAMES

634

DOWNLOAD SHARE

3%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

10.38b

APP DOWNLOADS

8.28b

GAME DOWNLOADS

2.09b


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

2.3k

APPLICATIONS

2.13k

GAMES

169

DOWNLOAD SHARE

2%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

6b

APP DOWNLOADS

5.56b

GAME DOWNLOADS

437.41m


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

1.84k

APPLICATIONS

1.74k

GAMES

96

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

150.81m

APP DOWNLOADS

98.52m

GAME DOWNLOADS

52.29m


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

1.73k

APPLICATIONS

1.72k

GAMES

14

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

565.98m

APP DOWNLOADS

548.51m

GAME DOWNLOADS

17.47m


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

96

APPLICATIONS

11

GAMES

85

DOWNLOAD SHARE

<1%

TOTAL DOWNLOADS

99.58m

APP DOWNLOADS

329.65k

GAME DOWNLOADS

99.25m


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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