Attempting to become “America’s Homepage”, AOL has issued a new version of their signature website designed in HTML especially for the iPad. With a reported 30-million people visiting AOL.com each month, the idea of an easier to use layout for those coming from a tablet seems to make good sense. Especially when AOL has indicated that they witnessed triple-digit growth in their iPad audience, which triggered the company to take a good look at how their site performed on those mobile devices.
This webpage redesign is in addition to the already considerable number of apps designed and made available by AOL, including AIM, Editions daily magazine and AOL TV.
Users visiting their site from their iOS-based tablet will enjoy a dynamic and interactive experience that mimics that of a native app, including noted features like:
- location enabled services make it easy to automatically see your local Weather forecast;
- sign into your AOL Mail account to see up to 20 previews of your latest unread messages;
- view full messages or compose a new email;
- check out the latest MP3 of the day from AOL Music and play it in-line with continuous play of all 20 available MP3s;
- get your daily Horoscope;
- and view movie listings from Moviefone.
While this update was targeted specifically for iOS-based tablets, AOL has assured everyone that optimized versions for other tablets will be soon to come.
AOL is well known for being “a leading-edge web services company, including a network of premium and niche content sites, and an extensive offering of world-class tools and platforms.” Many of you will recall with fondness (or disdain, if the passage of time hasn’t been enough to make you look back fondly) the AOL CD’s promising fantastic deals on Internet dial-up access that fell out of every piece of mail you received or publication you read in the early 1990′s. They were pioneers and industry leaders then and remain so to this day.