Your Amazon Fire Tablet Can Feel A Lot More Like A Stock Android Tablet With These Tricks

Once you’ve installed Chrome on your Fire tablet, head over to the Google Play Store and install other Google apps that you would find enabled by default on mainstream Android machines. A good place to start would be to install the Gboard keyboard. It is loaded with useful features, offers the most accurate glide typing experience, text prediction is amazingly reliable, and language support is vast, as well.

Of course, it won’t truly be a true Google experience if you can’t extract the perks of Google Assistant. In hindsight, Alexa is pretty boring and feature-devoid, so you have an added incentive to download Google Assistant. To do so, first install the Google app from the Play Store and use it once. If possible, set up voice recognition when prompted.

Once the Google app is set up, install the standalone Google Assistant app from the Play Store and set it up with all the shortcuts you desire. If you desperately want the real Android experience, you can install a third-party launcher such as Microsoft Launcher, Niagara, and Nova, among others. But that entails a pretty complex process on its own.

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Beeper bringing iMessage to Android is great, but I can’t help but feel nervous

If you’ve followed my writing here at Android Central over the years, you likely know that I’m a dual-carry kind of person. Most of the time, my primary SIM is in whatever the latest iPhone is, but I also carry an Android phone, usually a foldable. But with that comes some frustrations with communication between the two platforms, particularly when it comes to sending and receiving text messages, and that’s something that I hoped the Beeper app would be able to alleviate.

One of the biggest frustrations about being in the Apple ecosystem is that I can only see and respond to texts from my iPhone. I’ve tried different workarounds in the past, such as using AirMessage, but they never quite “stuck.” There have been many cases where I’d be using my Android phone only to have someone send me a message on a different platform because they needed a response.

For the majority of the apps and services out there, this isn’t really much of a problem. I just have a folder labeled “Chat” on my Home Screen, which is currently filled with eight different messaging apps. Well, technically, nine of you include Beeper, but that’s only in the Chat folder in the app drawer on the Galaxy Z Fold 5.

Getting started with Beeper

Beeper app on Mac

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To provide a few cliff notes for those who don’t know, Beeper is an app that was announced in 2021 by the same individual who released Pebble smartwatches to the world. The company’s tagline is “All your chats in one app. Yes, really.” It includes support for 15 different messaging platforms and can even become the default SMS app on your Android phone.

After putting my name and email on the waitlist ages ago (seriously, I don’t

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