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AOL launches new mobile portal, leaves WAP in the past

by Derek Kessler Sat, 24 Jul 2010 12:06 pm EDT Welcome to 2010, AOL. The internet giant turned media giant turned hopeful contender for hearts and minds has relaunched their mobile website, and thankfully left behind the relic of dumbphone past known as WAP. Wireless Application Protocol, or WAP, was meant to deliver online media (well, mostly text and some pictures) efficiently to older phones with their poor browsers and limited bandwidth. In this era of advanced WebKit browsers like those found in webOS, iOS, and Android, as well as the advent of speedy 3G tech, WAP just doesn’t cut it anymore.

AOL has seen the light and rebuilt their mobile site to deliver better HTML-based content goodness. Like Yahoo!, AOL has been busy retooling themselves as an information and media portal, and the new mobile version of the site easily shoehorns that portal to millions of smartphones across the world. AOL also released new apps for iOS and Android, but a webOS app was nowhere in sight. Of course, it’s still AOL, but it’s not the mailing-more-than-a-billion-CDs-to-your-house AOL of years past. Worth a shot? Check it out at

Source: AOL Mobile