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Another suitor enters the arena for the post-Google Reader world, Android app and third-party API included

AOL -- remember them? -- has quietly emerged as yet another potential Google Reader replacement, with the launching of AOL Reader. Launch is a pretty soft word to use at the moment as it's pretty much impossible to get in, though the folks at Engadget -- another AOL company -- say that invite requests will be accepted from June 24. Of particular interest is the news that AOL Reader will come at some point with an Android application, and that the API will be made available for third-party apps to hook into. 

Importing your Google Reader feeds into AOL Reader will require the use of an OPML file, so a little more involved than something like Feedly. But, since we're only about a week out from Reader being closed and AOL Reader isn't ready for the big time just yet, it's something that we should expect. Sign in to AOL Reader can be done with an AOL account -- if you ever had one -- or with Facebook, Twitter or your Google account. 

Source: Engadget

 

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AOL launching their own Google Reader replacement, request an invite on June 24

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AOL: wants to remain relevant and creates Google Reader replacement.

Uses only Apple and iOS devices for advertisement image.

I think pretty much anyone that cares about this is now using any of the feedly supported apps at this point.

Why would anyone voluntarily pick AOL again? I skill remember never bring able to delete there programs from my old computers, stuff was like the plague.

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kudos to AOL for giving it a shot. the key to success in business is to find an unserved or under-served market or niche and try to fill it.

Hi Gekko, I remember you from the Palm Info Center back when. I'm sporting for a new phone to replace my never-functioning-right Vivid and am looking at the Galaxy note because it reminds me so much of my Palm Treo with the stylus.

I like the Google currents app. Works pretty well as a news aggregator/feed reader.

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Just don't expect it to last. Google hasn't found any way to monetize Currents, and just about the only people who use it are on android. Its very likely another spring cleaning target.

I've used it for news, and its pretty much a mess, throwing everything at you at once makes for chaotic reading.

Everything in that picture looks like an Apple product, but did you get a look at the new iPhone on the left?

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AOL still exists?
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You dawg I heard you like reading, so we put an NSA in your AOL, so they can read what you read.

It's strange that Google have left this app with all these companies now trying to replace it. It must be something worth for all these companies to try and jump in this area. Is Google aborting the cancel if reader?

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I doubt it. This wasn't a spur of the moment thing, I have a feeling Google thought long and hard about this. GReader had less than 500k people I've heard (thats one reason Google abandoned it), and while that isn't enough to get Google to pump money into it, it's certainly enough for someone new to the game like feedly and old school AOL to want in on it. Google stopping it doesn't mean it isn't profitable, it just means it wasn't profitable enough.

As far as news readers go, I went back to pulse. I liked feedly, but I had a few small blogs on there and some small news sites that just didn;t update in a timely manner. And that was only for feedly, all other GReader apps worked fine. It was annoying to say the least. I'll give it a try again, hopefully their GReader replacement is better.