Mobile SDKs are a set of tools integrated into mobile applications and serve to enrich the basic app with advanced functionalities. While some SDKs are critical for developing any iOS or Android application, some specialized SDKs are installed in apps for specific purposes such as advertisements, sending notifications or app analytics.
So, what should I look for while choosing the right SDK for my app?
Well, that really depends on the function that you want to achieve through the SDK. There is an SDK for almost every need but there are definitely some factors that should be considered while selecting any SDK.
- Integrate-ability: It is estimated that an average app contains 3-6 third-party SDK libraries depending on the stage of the app’s growth cycle. It is crucial to analyze how the SDKs are interacting with each other. In case there are incompatibilities between various SDKs in an app, it can lead to crashes and impact app performance.
- Weight: Smartphone users are very aware of the size of apps that they download. Heavy apps not only consume precious space on users’ phones, they severely effect speed and frankly, who likes a slow app? Look for a lightweight SDK that is low on CPU & memory usage, highly stable and well optimized.
- Event Tracking: If you are looking for a SDK for getting app analytics, then you definitely need to know what type of data, reports and analytics will be provided. Since each app experience is unique, ideally the SDK should allow you to customize the kind of events that you want to monitor. It should also be able to give you reports on number of sessions per user, session length, usage patterns and uninstall rates.
- Security: Believe it or not, a poorly optimized SDK is not the worst worry that a developer faces while choosing a third-party tool. Although a poorly designed SDK can slow down your app, drain resources and cause crashes, the scariest part is the possibility of harmful theft of user data. Choosing a dependable party is imperative to the selection process.
- Support: Even experienced developers face unexpected challenges when integrating two separate pieces of software. Clear documentation is key to avoid common pitfalls that can slow down the development process and delay your go-to-market. Look for a partner who provides detailed notes on the integration steps and is available to work with you if you run into some unforeseen issues.
There are many SDKs that are quite popular with developers. Unliche™ is one of most modern tools available. It is a stable tool that is extremely lightweight and has powered many apps for app analytics. It’s event-tracking capability and advanced analytics sets it apart.
Is there any other consideration that you have while selecting an SDK? Please let us know in the comments below.