Rockmelt has been updated to address a few of it's shortcomings. This updated makes it a really nice app, perfect for the iPad mini, and for the first time an app gives Flipboard some real competition.
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Originally out on Mac and PC, Rockmelt is now available for iPad, requiring iOS 6 or later. The orignal browser was focused on connecting your social network to your browsing habits, and did quite well. Let us know what you think of the iOS version in the comments!
★ More Beautiful: Open up to an infinite, image-rich stream of great content
★ Faster: Minimal load times, speedy rendering
★ Ad free: Content from many of your favorite sites in clean, ad-free reader view (e.g. The Atlantic, Us Weekly, Forbes, SB Nation, Rolling Stone Magazine, and more than a thousand others)
★ Available offline: Syncs so you can enjoy content offline
★ Searchable: Web search plus search across all your content
★ Social: Discover great content through friends and share with them easily
Social media users have a lot to keep track of these days with the likes of Facebook, Twitter, RSS feeds, links to keep track of as well as other socially slanted sites such as Digg. It can get pretty overwhelming for users wanting to get the most out of each service.
RockMelt is an app that aims to solve that problem by essentially putting everything together in one place. It's an idea that was originally released solely as a web browser at the end of last year but it's now extended to an iOS app that fortunately can be linked to the desktop equivalent.
The app notifies the user whenever their Facebook or Twitter account has a new update. There's also the ability to add numerous other sites according to the owner's needs ranging from news sources to humor and sports. Flexibility is clearly the key here as while RockMelt might initially sound like something that any Twitter or Facebook app can do before it, the difference here is that users can do it all through the one RockMelt app. Being able to view such updates at the tap of one button rather than opening up numerous apps is a great timesaver.
As well as the social networking side of things, RockMelt enables users to browse and search across the net. They can sync their favorite sites and bookmarks with their PC account as well as view all of these links through the app. There's a Save to read later function too so that such things ca be consulted at a later date.
The functionality within RockMelt looks pretty promising indeed. Being able to keep track of a plethora of sites, each revelant to the user's need is certainly the way forward and should ensure that plenty of time can be saved. The only catch here is that you need to have a Facebook account to set up RockMelt but considering the huge popularity of the service, this should be a minor quibble.
RockMelt is available now on the app store for the price of a few seconds time. Yes it's a free download.