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Top 5 Android SDKs in October 2022

Top 5 Android SDKs in October 2022

If you're an Android app developer, you want to stay on top of app development best practices. Since most mobile apps are built on a framework of SDKs (software development kits), and mobile operating systems are continually being updated, it's worth refreshing your SDK knowledge from time to time. 

That's why we've compiled a list of the most popular SDKs being used by Android developers in 2022. Feel free to compare them to the top SDKs found in apps on the Google Play store around this time last year and see how the mobile landscape has changed, or go here to learn more about SDKs in general. 

1. Google Identity

Google Identity is an Authentication SDK that helps organizations add customer identity and access management (CIAM) functionality to their apps, protect user accounts, and scale on Google Cloud. This widely-trusted SDK is currently installed in 543,437 Android apps, and owns a massive 92% of the market share for Authentication SDKs. It is found in 138 apps in the top 200 Android apps at this time-- slightly down from last year's 172 apps, but this could be due to the changing mix of Android apps that rank the highest. It still holds a 69% market share of top Android apps, retaining its #1 spot on our list. 

2. Firebase

Firebase is a mobile and web app development platform for any type of application (Android, iOS, Javascript, Node.js, Java, Unity, PHP, C++, etc.). It offers NoSQL and real-time hosting of databases, content, social authentication (Google, Facebook, Twitter and Github), and notifications, or services, such as a real-time communication server. It provides developers with tools and services to help them develop high-quality apps and grow their user base. App Platform SDKs are a broad category, and usually include both specific utility tools and comprehensive dev environments, in order to help developers build mobile apps from scratch. Firebase is consistently among the top SDKs for this category; brands that currently rely on the platform include Uber, Amazon Shopping, Twitter, Expedia and Spotify. It currently powers 476,412 Android apps and holds 90% of the market share for App Platform SDKs overall, and a 67% market share of the top 200 Android apps.

It's worth noting that although Firebase has been popular in the Android dev market for some time, and its growth among apps in the Google Play Store seems to be stable, it also gained widespread Apple developer adoption last year.. When we last reported, Firebase was installed in 64,129 iOS apps and held a 58% share of the overall market for iOS App Platform SDKs. Since then, it has continued to grow by leaps and bounds: Currently, Firebase is installed in 88,778 iOS apps and holds a 70% market share - that's almost a 38% increase in iOS installs and 21% rise in iOS app market share. 


3. Google Analytics

Google Analytics provides insight on app usage, user engagement, and cross-network attribution. It is natively integrated with Firebase, Google's app developer platform, and provides unlimited event reporting, giving insight into how app users behave. It is trusted by well-known app brands, such as Twitter, Amazon, Uber, and Spotify, representing social media, e-commerce, travel and streaming entertainment market segments. Google Analytics is currently installed in 551,827 Android apps and owns 94% of the Analytics SDK market.
It appears in 133 of the top 200 Android apps (a 67% market share) which makes it the top mobile analytics SDK for Android apps in 2022.

4. Gson

Gson is a Java library 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. Gson can work with arbitrary Java objects, including pre-existing objects for which a developer doesn't possess the actual source code. This Utilities SDK provides critical backend tooling for mobile app developers which streamline the process of connecting to 3rd party resources in a secure and resource-efficient manner. Gson is a newcomer to our top 5 list, and is currently installed in 289,017 Android apps, for a 40% share of the Utilities SDK market overall. Among the top 200 Android apps, it holds a 67% market share (121 apps). 

5. Firebase Cloud Messaging

Firebase Cloud Messaging provides a reliable and efficient connection between servers and devices, allowing for the delivery and reception of messages on mobile devices. This cross-platform messaging solution lets app developers reliably deliver messages to app users at no cost. Currently installed in 340,850 Android apps, this SDK has seen 1% growth in the market in the last six months. It holds 80% of the Messaging SDK market -- up from last year's 72%-- and is found in 115 of the top 200 Android apps - a 57% market share of top apps. 


Follow SDK Market Trends For A Competitive Advantage

We hope you've enjoyed this glimpse into the most popular SDKs for Android app developers right now. By reviewing this list and following our regular Android SDK updates, you'll stay up-to-date on best practices in mobile app development. 

You can also sign up with MightySignal for real-time SDK updates and use our SDK intelligence to streamline your own app dev process, as well as to discover marketing opportunities.

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