One of the best things about the Amazon Fire Tablets is the price; they are incredibly affordable and easy to obtain. The downside? Well, you can’t actually use the Google Play Store on any of the Amazon products. This can be a huge bummer if you’re used to having your favorite Play Apps, but want to try out a Fire Tablet. Thankfully, we have some great apps for Amazon Fire Tablets right here that can populate your lonely tablet with some awesomeness.
Why Amazon Fire Tablets? I Thought This Was Joy of Android?
I’m going to get a bit technical here for just a second. You’ve probably heard that Amazon Fire Tablets don’t use a Google approved version of Android. That much is true, Amazon decided to change Android to suit their needs better and even though it would have been amazing if they still used Google Play Store that is not the case. So why are we covering Fire Tablets that use Amazon’s own operating system? Well, technically speaking it is still Android, just a bit more modified than Google would’ve liked. And to be fairly honest, at the price the Amazon fire Tablets are selling, I’m willing to overlook the fact that they don’t ship with Google’s blessing.
Note: Theses apps were tested on an Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 tablet by my colleague in Ohio, United States. All of these apps are in constant usage on his tablet and are working perfectly fine. You’ll need to visit the Amazon store to download these apps on your tablet, and some of the apps may require an active Internet connection to provide full functionality.
This app is a must have if you are a fan of reading and like free books. The app has more than 10,000,000 members who have contributed more than 350,000,000 books to the app. This means you can easily read any of the thousands of books hosted on the app. That alone is worth a download but there are more features that will surely help you in discovering Goodreads. There is also a dedicated search button that can help you in finding exactly what you want from the 12 million books. This lets you see what your friends are reading and check out other reviews to make a sound judgment before reading a book. Not only that, the app doesn’t require you to sign in for reading or using basic features of the app. However, signing in will let you access the advanced features such as friend reviews, as well as allow you to review the books yourself.
2. ES File Explorer
ES File Explorer has been my go to file Explorer on Android and it was even made our list of the Top File Explorer Apps for Android, which is great news for those of you who’d like to keep using it on your Fire Tablet. This is a fully featured file explorer that not only allows you to browse files on your device but also do so much more. This Jack-of-all App allows you to install applications, extract zip files, open images and documents, even play music and videos. Best of all, it is fully integrated with all the popular cloud storage services, allowing you to access multiple cloud storages from within the app.If you regularly install third-party apps on your device, this app allows thumbnails for APKs as well. From functioning as FTP to a Bluetooth browser, ES File Explorer has a lot going for it. I highly recommend the paid version if you want to expand the functionality but quite honestly, the free version is already quite robust.
3. VLC for Fire
VLC Player is one of the most remarkable pieces of free software I’ve ever seen. I’ve been using it on my PC’s for more than a decade and it has worked perfectly without any problems. Not only is it small in size but it also offers almost every feature you would want from a video player. VLC for Fire is a must have app if you want to consume any kind of media on your tablet. To be frank, it would be a huge disservice to Amazon Fire Tablets to not enjoy media on them. It is a completely free video player that can play almost any kind of format on your device. The best part? It works perfectly well with game controllers as well as Fire TV Voice Remote, so you have complete freedom of input. It is surprising that a 17.2 MB app is able to deliver such a wholesome video watching experience.
4. WPS Office
WPS Office is a free to download app for Amazon Fire Tablets that will add a lot of utility to your device. It is a full office suite that offers word processing, spreadsheet making and even presentation slide crafting. It is a well-rounded app that you’ll surely need if you’re going to do anything work related on your new tablet. The interface is designed beautifully and the app works really well on Amazon Fire devices. I personally used this app for around 3 years on Android and it has never given me any problems whatsoever. It is also compatible with Bluetooth keyboard so if you want to type out an article on the go, this app will provide you the freedom you need.
Wunderlist is one of the best to do list apps for Android and it is no surprise that it is doing so well on the Amazon store too. One of the best things about this app is the interface, it is beautifully crafted and very easy to use. From making long to-do lists to planning a wedding, there is nothing this app cannot do. The best thing is that all the created lists are easily accessible not only from your phone but also your tablet and PC. Want to plan a birthday party for your grandpa? You can easily create lists and share them with your family and friends, collaboration has never been this easy. You can even start conversations about the tasks with your friends right on the app. This means you can assign individual tasks to different friends and they can update the list as they complete them. You can also attach photos, presentations as well as PDFs to the tasks making it a perfect match for college students as well as office projects.
The Amazon App Store has been growing steadily and almost every major Android app is available there. These were some of the essential apps for Amazon fire tablets that will surely make your tablet into a powerhouse.
So what do you think about these apps? Have you use them before on other platforms? Do tell us your opinions in the comments below.