AOL

The name we all know for dial-up internet is now bringing news to our smart phones

In an attempt to ride its memorable brand name for as long as possible, AOL has just released a full-fledged news reading app on Android. Not unlike many other apps in this genre, the Flipboard-esque interface lets you casually scroll through top news broken down by category. Entertainment, food, health, money, sports and others are all represented here, and AOL says that if you're signed in the content will tailor to you over time as you use it.

Beyond just news, the new AOL app gives you access to a full AOL email experience on both phones and tablets within the app. While its odd that it wouldn't break this out into a separate app, it's there and accessible right from the top bar. The whole interface is pretty standard and doesn't exactly make us want to drop everything and start using it as our primary news reader, but it is a first release after all.

If you're used to the AOL news ecosystem and want to give the app a shot, it is now available in the Play Store.

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There are 53 comments

PlayDLine says:

Really? It still exists?
I mustve gotten 3000 CD's from them back in the day.

Wobblin30 says:

"You've got mail", damn I feel old!

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Raibbl says:

I'm 16 and I have watched the movie more than 2 times :P :) Its a really an entertaining movie!

He wasn't referring to the movie

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"Kids" lol

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B. Diddy says:

It'd be totally awesome if it started up with the sound of a dial up modem connecting.

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dchawk81 says:

Yeah, until you open it that third time and it's annoying already.

B. Diddy says:

Lol! They should also make it as slow as a dial up connection.

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icebike says:

Lol. There was noting so full of hope but ultimately delivering despair as the sound of a modem dialing.

I actually have that ring tone on my phone. I assign it to people I'd just as soon avoid talking to, (but probably have to).

eahinrichsen says:

Still less annoying than the ringtone that some of the Droids shipped with. Sounded like a Michael Bay Transformers orgy.

blessedta says:

Interesting.

razgri5 says:

AOL? What is this AOL of which you speak? ;)

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moosc says:

AOL dial up is how fast T-Mobile speeds are.

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Jay Holm says:

T-Mobile speeds are fine here in Connecticut! Hartford, Waterbury, New Haven, speeds are great!

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droided77 says:

Its not that great up here in north central CT.

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lomsha says:

Stop trolling.

AOL must be pretty dang fast then ;)

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MERCDROID says:

Moosc, you started drinking too early, lol.

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ScottJ says:

You had 30 Mbps dial-up? Wow!

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quailallstar says:

I think you meant to say Sprint.

Posted from the surface of the Moon; yes we did go there.

mrgwap03 says:

Tmo is fast as hell in ga

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benhmadison says:

Do they have an age verification section before you install the app. I'm pretty sure you have to be at least 60 to still be rocking an aol email address:)

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moosc says:

My whole family still rocking AOL email address. Matter of fact my AOL is my primary address then Google

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tdizzel says:

If I download the app does it mean I have to start using my phone as a coaster?

bmidd says:

^^^Like

Jay Holm says:

Ahh...I tried downloading it, but I don't think I'll be keeping it very long,...not into celebrity worship news.

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MERCDROID says:

This, other than actually downloading it, lol.

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Pseu says:

I used to use Net Zero dialup back in teh daze. AOL was too rich for my cheap @$$. Wonder if they're going to have an app, too?

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MERCDROID says:

Netzero was the shit. You couldn't beat free Internet access.

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Are you kidding? AOL actually owns a pretty decent selection of media outlets, including the tech juggernaut Engadget. Talk all the noise you want, but AOL is going to be around for awhile.

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A895 says:

I think many people forget AOL owns one of the biggest tech sites on the net.

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dchawk81 says:

I own a poster of Pamela Anderson from when she was hot. Doesn't make me a stud.

MERCDROID says:

+9000 Lmao

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ScottJ says:

You're analogy is confused. Are you saying that Engadget is Pamela Anderson?

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tobeaman says:

No - he's saying Engadget is **a poster of** Pamela Anderson. Makes way more sen...... never mind. No it doesn't.

tobeaman says:

But don't get me wrong - still the funniest comment on here!

trwrt says:

This is the AOL news thingy that was set up in reaction to Google Reader going bye-bye, right?

himalaya110 says:

Is this app available for android 4ics

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Jlav78 says:

No, jelly bean 4.1+, and it's only in America I think

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madsere says:

CompuServe anyone?

ScottJ says:

Nah. Prodigy was so much better. CompuServe fanboys (fanmen?) are so annoying.

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timmsc says:

Yep, AOL owns that too. :-)

MarkMcCoskey says:

I'll have to check that out since I started using AOL Reader just before Google Reader went dark.

AOL & Sprint team up to re-create the ultimate late-90's internet experience. BTW, why does this app keep asking for a credit card number? LOL

itr themes says:

Keyword: awesome

someguy01234 says:

I once got a marketing call from these asshats asking me to sign up for their service, after yelling at them to that I don't want it, the punk on the otherside signed me up anyway. I got charged $23 afterward and had to call up to cancel.

They still owe me that money.

futuredroid says:

What device is that pictured running the app

eahinrichsen says:

Original Nexus 7, I think.

cgardnervt says:

Lol long live the AOL? :-P

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six8 says:

What's AOL?

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Change your avatar pic you unpatriotic asshole.

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Joshua Kelly says:

Good god... Remember Earthlink?

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elgordo123 says:

Please can they have this app say "Welcome..." and then "Goodbye..." I miss that!