Jul 22 AT 10:15 PM Anthony Domanico 37 Comments

AOL chooses Android as its mobile OS of choice, launches 2 apps

Probably all of us at one point or another have used AOL as our ISP. Though AOL’s users have been declining in recent years, AOL just got a whole lot cooler in my book. Today, AOL announced its support for the Android operating system, choosing Android as the platform to showcase their flagship AOL application. The AOL app gives users a simple way to read content from AOL’s most popular sites–such as Engadget, PopEater, Fanhouse, MapQuest and AOL Mail. No word on what this means for the future of the official Engadget app, but I believe the AOL app will be a supplement to Engadget rather than a replacement.

In addition to the AOL app, AOL announced the availability of their DailyFinance app, which is an Android version of their popular financial news application that is popular on several other platforms. DailyFinance features real-time stock quotes, view financial news, and track up to 25 different financial portfolios.

Say what you will about AOL itself, but AOLs adoption of Android as the platform to launch their official branded AOL app boosts the legitimacy of Android in the eyes of the Enterprise. Hopefully, more and more big-name companies will choose Android as their OS of choice for future app developments.

In the meantime, head over to the market and check out the newly-launched AOL and DailyFinance applications. Both applications are free downloads, though no official announcements regarding what versions of Android are supported. If you’re having problems, leave a comment below and I’ll update the post as needed.


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  • Dave K

    Other than for AIM, why does AOL still exist? Who uses anything else of theirs anymore?

    • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

      Yeah, I can count the people I know who use AOL on 1 finger. ;)

    • http://Website thepwneddroid

      What about Engadget?

      • http://Website ari-free

        See? Every tech enthusiast uses AOL and they didn’t even realize it! muahaha!
        Now I feel dirty.

    • http://Website khkjhk

      “Probably all of us at one point or another have used AOL as our ISP.”

      I don’t think so Tim. AOL was garbage from the day of it’s inception.

    • Noice

      99.999% of the remaining people that use AOL as their ISP fall into one or more of the following categories:

      - People who don’t want to change their email address
      - People who don’t realize that you can have internet without AOL
      - People who play AOL’s bridge online with their friends (and think that it’s the only place they can)

      The one guy who doesn’t meet one or more of these criteria, but still uses AOL as an ISP, he’s an IT pro named Clive with real interwebs, who pays for it simply to mess with peoples heads. Clive’s AOL use accounts for 90% of the minuscule presence of the AOL browser in website browser reports.

      Clive also has Prodigy.

    • http://Website FabioDSF

      AOL Radio (online) is cool and free. lol

  • http://Website ronabong

    WOW, I haven’t seen or read anything about AOL in years. I had the impression that they went extinct. Man my good old AOL days.

    • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

      Those were the good old days, though.

      • http://Website Adam


  • http://Website Darwin

    AOL already has no less than 6 apps for the iPhone so I’m not sure how two qualifies Android as being their platform of choice………….

    • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

      With the launch of it’s own AOL branded application only available on Android.

    • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

      They have 6 for Android as well. What I guess I meant was that by releasing their flagship AOL branded application for ONLY Android, AOL is putting their support behind Android as their OS of choice.

  • http://i-learnedandroid.blogspot.com/ learnandroid


    • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

      Believe it or not, they do still exist.

      • http://Website Jacob

        That’s just what they want you to think.

    • http://Website ronabong

      AOL: Apple’s On Laxative

  • http://Website ari-free

    android is going mainstream, baby! And why not? Android covers the entire US and not just the ‘blue’ parts.

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  • http://Website BoBo the Clown

    AOL? More like LOL…

    • Vineares

      You stole my comment! :(

    • http://Website Sandra Deeee

      What’s wrong with aol?? I still use it and know tons of people that do. I also have gmail throught verizon for my droid eris htc. I like the welcome screen. It gives you the news right away… just use to it. Outlook sucks, yahoo…etc… what would u suggest then??

  • Androidawg

    AOL????PSSHHHH!!! Not worth the web space.

  • http://Website Phil

    Most of yall are missing the bigger picture for worrying about AOL. Developers may now start releasing android versions of apps first if not for android only because of its growth rate which puts it on track to outnumber iOS soon. We may see the end of all the so called best apps being on iOS. That will only attract more people to buying Android devices.

    • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

      Exactly. Great comment.

      Companies as big as AOL saying “You know what, Android rocks. We’re going to bring content to Android first, or better, exclusive content for Android,” is only going to bring other big names to Android. That will, of course, bring more users to Android.

  • http://Website Mark

    What about an AOL Radio app? Don’t care much about the rest of that crap, but even with Slacker/Pandora, etc. I still like some of the AOL stations.

    • Haulngas

      I agree AOL radio app is very good. I have it on my ipod touch.

  • http://www.twitter.com/grandpajesus GrandpaJesus

    AOL’s fanhouse website is probably one of the best for sports coverage

  • Mighty_O

    soon those little green android mascot would be all over the world eating all those apples

  • http://xperiaandroid.com xperia android user

    no one use AOL in here.. as far as i know from my friend list ;)

  • http://Website Sinanovski

    I’m about to cancel my 30 trail with AOL. Gonna take an hour to cancel so wish me luck.

  • http://Website Dee

    how about they pledge to make a good AIM app that doesnt force close and can save chats. how about that?

  • http://Website Conan Jackson

    I believe that T-Mobile is still #1 in my book, I’ve been with them for over 8 years and they hae been awesome in both service and having great phones. I think I’ll be sticking with the underdogs!

  • http://Website Yatashi Suzuki

    Well , i’m a Japanese and stay at Kyoto . I want to know that why AOL doesnt want AOL RADIO on Android . I cant say AOL are selfish to Americans ( because AOL RADIO only available in USA )… It just terrible unfair to other countries and mobile devices …

    I start listening AOL RADIO last 3 years , i love FINAL FANTASY SOUNDTRACK channel … But now they banned those user outside USA …

    • http://Website Rodrigo

      There is a trick for that. just google it ;)

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  • Dave

    Anyone aware of issue with AOL mobile app for Android in that I can read/receive AOL emails just fine, but I cannot reply and/or send AOL emails on the device????? Factory hard reset done and added and deleted the AOL app several tiems with NO change….Verizon said its an issu with AOL’s outgoing mobile servers????? Although not a real fan, but my GMail works just fine on this device…….any help in resolve of this issue would be greatly appreciated…….filed a complaint with AOL and have recieved nothing back from them???????