Very few companies have seen the rise and fall that AOL has, and it’s amazing just how quickly the entire process went. To think that AOL was such a stallwart to become almost synonymous with online, and is now not even an afterthought. The company is trying to reinvent itself, and now has a brand new iPad app that acts a bit like a morning dashboard to be the first thing you launch on the iPad. The opening screen offers features news through a scrolling digital magazine layout. The date and weather are in the lower left, and you can drill down the news across multiple categories.
Each story is refined for the iPad screen, and they’re all based on what’s trending. Everything in the app is made for either orientation, and once you get past the news articles, there’s news videos too. It’s a constantly updated news stream in both formats, and you can share and save any of those pieces of news. Since it’s an AOL app, it also connects to AOL mail, if anyone still actually uses that. Finally, there’s a built-in web search to round out the multi-utility idea.
AOL (Free, iPad) is a potentially appealing iPad utility for some all in one good news.