Owners of the Apple iPad have access to hundreds of thousands of apps through the iTunes App Store. Owners of regular Android tablets can also download thousands of apps through the Google Play Store, but where does this lead all the Kindle Fire people? While that family of tablets is technically powered by Android, it doesn’t have the same access to the Google Play Store. That doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your functionality though.
In addition to the many productivity apps available through the Amazon Appstore for Android, there are tons of great free Kindle Fire apps that can help you better organize your life. Yes, you can still use that Kindle Fire tablet for watching videos and playing games, but it really should serve a more useful purpose too, right? It should facilitate your goal of leading the smarter life.
Your Amazon Kindle Fire only has so much storage on board, but what if you want to still have access to all your pictures, movies, music, and other files while on the road? What if you want to back up some of that data to the cloud, making it easy to get at those files when you’re back at your home computer? Dropbox lets you do that, allowing you to “always have your stuff with you, no matter where you are.” You can even edit documents in your Dropbox. Another similar cloud storage solution is Box, which also has a free Kindle Fire app available.
Pageonce Money & Bills
Do you find that you keep running out of money at the end of the month, not knowing where all that cash went? Are you overwhelmed by the bills that come in the mail and you can’t keep tabs on your investments either? There’s desktop software for this, but a simple more mobile way of handling your finances is through an app like this one from Pageonce. You can use it track your money and bills, see your bank accounts and credit cards, and even keep an eye on your frequent flyer miles and mobile minute usage. There’s also a feature where you can pay your bills directly with a credit card from within the app itself.
Scope Social Hub
There are separate apps for the many different social networks that are on the Internet, but it can be cumbersome to use them individually. Giving you the ability to manage multiple social profiles in one place is Scope. This apps supports Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram, and Tumblr, letting you post everywhere in just one click. All the main features are there, including shares, likes, comments, reposts, and so on. Even when you are offline, you can queue up the content via the data caching feature.
Cozi Family Organizer
Staying on top of everything you need to know about your own life can be confusing enough. Trying to have the same grasp on the lives of all your family members is even more daunting. With this free Kindle Fire app, you get a unified interface where you can manage your family’s calendar, grocery lists, and to-do items. By having that unified calendar for appointments, you can also make sure that you can drop Suzie off at the dentist before driving Timmy to soccer practice, so you’ll have time to go to the supermarket to pick up eggs before your wife gets back from her business meeting.
Just as Scope amalgamates your social profiles into one place, you’ll also want a unified instant messenger that can tap into all those different IM protocols. That’s exactly what you get with imo Messenger, which supports Facebook chat, Google Talk, Skype, ICQ/MSN, Yahoo, Jabber, and more. This includes full support for group chats, photo sharing, multimedia attachments, and even free voice calls. Forgot what was the name of the restaurant that your buddy recommended? Use the search feature to look through your chat history.
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