There is the unlimited choice of SDKs available in the market. SDK offers relief to the developers. You are willing to develop an app that comprises countless lines of code for embedding functionality in your app. However, SDK provides you a set of functionality in just one package.
Tips for Selecting an Appropriate Mobile SDK for Your App
As the mobile industry has evolved, the amount of third party SDKs has reached its peak. As a developer, it is a blessing as well as a challenge to embed an SDK in your code.
Let’s look at the tips; that will help you in selecting a suitable SDK for your app:
- Make a list of features to be included in your app. Note, they are the must-have functionalities.
- Selecting an appropriate SDK for your app is a skill. Before developing an app, use tool to see which SDKs your competitors are using.
- Validate your selected SDK, analyze which SDK has real reviews and which is from the real developers.
- If you find an SDK that can solve a couple of challenges in a reasonable manner, but some cost, then go for it.
A fully functional SDK with a premium plan is better than any free SDK with any crash or bugs in it.
- Further, shortlist your SDK from the list of SDKs for similar functionality. SDK that makes app permission is highly recommended.
- Before adding into your code, test the behavior of that SDK. Check for the vulnerabilities that can badly affect your app performance like app crashes, functionality bugs, apps slow down, excessive battery consumption, allowing malicious threats.
Here, I will discuss the third party SDKs used by the top mobile apps, i.e.,
- Facebook SDK
- Google Analytics
- Amazon S3
- AWS Mobile SDK
- Stripe SDK
Facebook SDK is the open source library that helps you to build engagement with social media. There are approximate 14.78% apps that integrate Facebook SDK in their application.
It is the easiest way to integrate your app with Facebook. It enables:
Facebook Login: To validate Facebook account.
Sharing Statuses: Gives you facility to enable sharing content to your Facebook account.
App Events: You can log events in your application.
Graph API: Read/write to Graph API. You can get data in and out of the your social graph.
Ads: Depending on the type of targeted audience, using ads, you can reach them and increase the engagement rate.
App Invites: You can send invites to the desired audience from your app.
App Links: Link the shared story or status, back to your app.
- Audience Network: Monetize your app with Facebook ads.
The features are specific to iOS or for Android. It can be installed on Android (Requires Android API 15), Unity(Requires Unity 5), React Native, as well as in iOS. Depending upon the type of environment you are working in, Facebook SDK provides you marvelous features that help you in making social network within your app.
Top Apps Using Facebook SDK
Crashlytics is the most efficient and lightweight SDK used by top apps. It is a well-designed and interactive SDK that offers crash and bug-fixes in your app.
It can be installed in Android apps (Requires API v8), or iOS app (minimum iOS 6 is required). It is the free SDK available that gives you deep and thorough insights to bugs in your code. Believe me, if you try, it will let you know the exact line of the crash while analyzing your code.
Now, you don’t have to worry about your bugs. Crashlytics provides you a viable crash reporting solution. In result, you will deliver a high quality code to your client.
Moreover, Crashlytics offers your app’s performance monitoring. They are offering the enterprise solution for free. Now, you don’t need to worry about monthly active users, or disk space or limits. Crashlytics will let you enjoy with no limits.
Soon, all the existing users will be automatically upgraded to unlimited free version of the product. In future, they are collaborating with Twitter to extend its functionality even more faster.
Crashlytics is trusted by thousands of well-known names like Walmart, Groupon, Yelp, PayPal and many others.
At Vizteck, we highly appreciate and recommend using it. It is incredible using Crashlytics in your app. It is #1 ranked crash reporting SDK used for multi-platforms with built-in server support like Jenkins, Hudson, Team city and many others.
Top Apps using Crashlytics
Google Analytics lets you analyze user interaction with your app and get relevant records. It gathers data from the various environments and devices and computes the overall statistics in a reasonable manner.
The main features they provide are:
Mobile App Analytics: Get to know the insightful data from your audience.
Data Import: You can get data in the form of a table.
Reporting Automation: It saves your precious time and cost by automating complex reporting tasks.
Turn Insights into Action: By setting your goals, which results in real gain from your insights.
You can fix the current issues by exploring new ways.
Custom Variable: To refine analytics, you can use name-value pair tags that can be inserted into your tracking code.
You can signup for free to enjoy the services initially. However for further explore your statistics, you can subscribe to its premium package. You can test, adapt, and achieve your actionable goal. You can also generate reports and graphs of your analytics in just few clicks away.
Google analytics is available for Android as well as for iOS (you need iOS developer SDK and Google Analytics SDK for this). The provided link will let you know the whole procedure of using it.
At vizteck, we use google analytics SDK for apps that have anonymous users. If we have logged in users, we encourage you to use the mixpanel SDK although it is paid.
Top Apps using Google Analytics
Google Analytics SDK has over 961M total reach collectively for Android and iOS apps (at the time of writing). Some of the notable customers are,
AWS Mobile SDK
AWS mobile SDK is one of the most widely used SDK that offers you a wide variety of services effectively. These services include Amazon Lambda, S3, DynamoDB, Mobile Analytics, Machine Learning, Elastic Load balancing, Auto Scaling and many others.
The services you can leverage using the AWS Mobile SDK, help you in developing Cloud-backed Mobile apps like
- You can use Amazon Cognito Sync for user authentication for iOS, Android and Unity apps. Further, you can sync profile data with Amazon Cognito Sync in iOS, Android, and Unity apps.
It is the fastest way to build mobile apps on AWS Cloud. It is a proven solution that gives you awesome experiences across multi-platform and across different devices.
Top Apps Using AWS Mobile SDK
Some of the notable customers are:
S3 provides you highly scalable, secure and durable cloud storage. Amazon S3 is easy to use object storage, with a simple web service interface to store and retrieve any amount of data from anywhere on the web. It is one of the services you can access using AWS Mobile SDK.
This SDK provides many features like:
- It provides you facility to store or retrieve files.
You can upload an object or download it.
Using S3 you can track the downloads and uploads progress easily.
Can utilize pre-signed URLs to transfer objects in the background.
S3 SDK also provides server-side encryption.
Using S3 Transfer utility, AWS Mobile SDK allows you to use S3 SDK in your mobile app.
For Android, you should setup up the Android Mobile SDK for Android, create bucket and then grant access to your S3 resource. You can follow the steps from here. For iOS, you have to include the SDK in your iOS project.
The best part is that you pay only for the storage you actually use. There is no minimum fee and no setup cost.
Tech Stacks using Amazon S3
Some of the notable customers of Amazon S3 are:
Stripe is one of the famous payment gateways on the internet. It gives you innumerable features for whatever you are developing. It could be a marketplace, online store, a subscription service or a mobile app. Stripe can work effectively in every niche you are working in.
For iOS, you can choose a favorite method of yours to integrate it in your app. Like, it has support of CocoaPods, Cathage, Fabric, as well as of both static and dynamic framework.
In Android app (Requires version 4, with no external dependencies), Stripe SDK let you accept payment from your Android app. They have created a library for Java developers, which facilitate you in sending card credentials to and from the servers.
At the backend, a token is associated with every credit card transaction. Finally, this token will then receive by your app that helps you in recurring billing or it may reuse for your future transaction.
Tech Stacks using Stripe SDK
Some of the notable apps are:
Flurry from Yahoo
Flurry is the most promising SDK used to integrate Flurry Analytics in your code. It is owned by Yahoo developers. You can record, monetize, advertise and get better revenue by using Yahoo tools.
Flurry lets you monitor your activities across your app. It ensures you the best solution to app experience. You can then interact with your active users. You can track, experience and monetize your app performance anywhere, anytime using Flurry.
Flurry grows with you. You don’t have to worry about supporting you at any scale. They ensure you the best solution for data-driven decision making. It empowers all your employees to analyze the data with ease to expand your business.
The main features that Flurry provides are
- Events: It facilitates you to track your in-app actions, and then gain insights from how they are using it.
- Funnels: Flurry facilitates you in driving data from how your users progress through specific paths in your app. You can point out the issues,where they bounce back.
- Retention: You can retain your audience by understanding the percentage of customers who come back to your app.
- Segments: Analyze the behavior of app users for different apps. It helps you understand which type of audience or users are more valuable for your app.
- Interest: You can get your users intention and interest.
- Demographics: It lets you explore the demographic data about your app users.
- User Acquisition Analytics: Explore your user’s acquisition efforts and measure the result of using it in your app.
Top Apps using Flurry
The users of Flurry is going to great numbers. Some of the notable names are: