New Google Play SDK Index helps you choose the right SDKs for your app

Posted by Yafit Becher, Product Manager, and Ray Brusca, Strategic Partnerships Manager

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App developers rely on SDKs to integrate key functionality and services into their apps and games. SDKs are important building blocks, but developers have shared that it can be difficult to find out which SDKs are reliable and safe to use. So helping developers like you make informed decisions about SDKs is part of keeping Google Play a safe, reliable place for billions of people.

In 2020, we launched the Google Play SDK Console to provide SDK providers with crash reporting, usage statistics, and a way to communicate critical issues to app developers through the Google Play Console and Android Studio. Today we are taking another step to increase communication and transparency by launching Google Play SDK Indexa new public portal showing over 100 of the most widely used commercial SDKs and insights on each one.

The Google Play SDK index shows reliability and security signals so you can decide if an SDK is right for your business and your users.

The Google Play SDK index shows reliability and security signals so you can decide if an SDK is right for your business and your users.

You can search for an SDK or browse through a category, such as Advertising and Revenue Generation or Analytics. For each SDK listing, the Google Play SDK index combines usage data from Google Play apps with SDK code detection to provide insightful design to help you decide if an SDK is right for your business and your users. You can see:

  • What Android app permissions the SDK can request
  • If the SDK provider is required to ensure that their SDK code complies with Google Play policies
  • Version adoption rates
  • Retention metrics and more

SDK providers may also share key information with you about the SDKs they have registered on the Google Play SDK Console, such as:

  • Which SDK version is outdated or has critical issues
  • Links to data security guidance on what data the SDK collects and why, to help you complete your app’s data security form.

Wherever you are in your development life cycle, we hope you find the Google Play SDK Index useful for making informed SDK choices. Stay tuned for more updates as we add additional data points, categories and the amount of SDKs.

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