Yesterday saw the launch of AOL's very own News Reader, following the footsteps of Google's own Reader and the recently announced Digg Reader.

To standout from its competitors, the AOL News Reader has been designed to be as straight forward as possible compared to other RSS readers. Tapping the "+" sign in the upper left of the reader will help you search for news feeds / sources, whilst a handy "Settings" button (Placed conveniently next to the "+" sign) will allow you to import OPML files for existing subscriptions from your previous news reader.

You can also view content for browsing feeds via: Simple lists that can be expanded and navigated when a post is clicked, a visual aesthetic similar to Google+ / a Flipboard "card" view and a two-panel view that displays articles on the left and brings the whole text on the right.

The ability to tag folders to help you reference articles on certain subjects has also been included, with the added ability of favouriting articles or marking them as unread.

Basically it isn't that much different from other RSS Readers, however it's more streamlined and useable across multiple hardware platforms. So if you are wanting to read your news on a tablet or mobile device, AOL has tried their best to make this reader the same experience across all platforms.