AOL Releases Updated AIM App – 15 Year Olds Everywhere Ask What Aim Is!

AOL got saucy today and updated their once crazily popular messaging app – AOL Instant Messanger. If you remember back in the day when you would turn your computer on and then hear that archaic fax noise? After being alerted you had Mail you would troll the chat rooms looking for n00ds and to meet some people? Yeah, well around that time you were able to communicate via application in immediate on the spot chatting. It was almost like using a phone, but you didn’t have to be annoyed with voices – minus the ones of your mom yelling at you to come eat or go to bed.

Anyways… AOL released one snazzy looking update today in all realms. The update comes to pretty much anyone with some sort of device. AIM for the iPhone, Mac OS X, Windows, Android as well as the web app all received the polishing, breathing new life into the fading application. Tons of new features and an entire new design give AIM the much needed push to get people to dust off their AIM username and see who is still on their Buddies list. I personally haven’t used an actual AIM client in probably 10 years. Of course I’ve used iChat which utilizes my AIM username, but still, I honestly wasn’t aware AOL was still rocking it hard.

Hop on in for a list of updates and features, as well as some more sexy photos!

 

AIM has evolved. We’ve redesigned our app from the ground up to give you the best way to keep in touch with people and groups. Start or join a group chat, share images and your location, and continue conversations with your desktop and web clients seamlessly.

Redesigned is somewhat of an understatement. The app on both iOS as well as Mac OS X look incredible. A gorgeous layout and interface are reminiscent of the Twitter app on Mac OS X as well as on the iPad. As you can see below, the layout and panes look smooth and easy to use. Using both iOS and OS X version for the past hour have yielded great things for me. The experience is not only outstanding, but I can find myself using AIM over iChat moving forward. A nice addition under Lion is the ability for full screen mode. Not sure why you’d want it for a chat client, but it’s there!

Features:
– Chat with a friend or group of friends with the new “Start a Chat” button
– Customize your groups with features like add/kick members, edit group icon and mute
– Favorite your friends and group chats for instant access
– Share photos and your location without leaving the conversation
– Copy and paste messages
– Tap on location previews in your conversation to get directions
– Tap on icons to quickly view user details or group chat settings
– See your social notifications for activity on your AIM, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts
– Turn on “Do Not Disturb” to turn off sounds and push notifications
– Set quiet hours to mute sounds and push notifications for when you don’t want to be disturbed
– Change your incoming message sound in sound settings
– Connect to Facebook Chat and Google Talk in your chat networks settings

Among those stock features, these next few are really what makes AIM shine… The app now allows for video calling which will rival the likes of Skype, Google and the few others on iOS and Android. AIM having this feature will really give the big dogs a run for their money. The big problem with this new feature is the lack of group calling, but still, not such a bad thing seeing as where AIM has been.

AIM will also being utilizing a far off cloud to store and sync all of your messages between multiple devices so you will have no problem picking up that conversation with your buds switching from your iPhone to your MacBook Air! Apple needs to follow suit and create an integration between iMessage and iChat so us users that talk to other iDevice and Mac users can seamlessly stay connected!

The big kicker in the update will have to be the social integration. Stay up to date on all of your AIM buddies as well as your Facebook friends, Twitter followers, gmail email accounts and even your InstaGram friends! I have used Trillian and other messaging apps that give you a complete social network under one roof, but I feel AOL nailed it on the head with their attempt. The entire process is seamless and slick and I enjoy using it.

There is also a ‘News’ pane where you can stay up to date on your news as well as posts from AOL backed sites such as Engaget, Joystiq and TechCrunch. The ‘Breaking News’ is all force fed via the Huffington Post, which is fine and all, but I feel we should be allowed to choose which source of news we are receiving. An option to add or take a way the sources in the News Pane would be nice to see in future updates. But it being AOL I doubt that will happen.

Anyways, all in all the experience has been nice. I must admit I’ll continue to use the AIM app on both my iPhone and computer until I get something better from Apple and it’s apps. Until then, I’ll see you in the chatroom Mr. HornyGuy69!

You can download AIM for your computer here, or hop on over to the AppStore to drape your iPhone with this gorgeous little app.

   
  • Carol

    They’re all using Zlango any way