While Twitter and Facebook are great ways to communicate keep in touch with friends and family and sometimes colleagues, for more business-centric stuff many folks rely on LinkedIn. We have covered the business-social-network many times here, talking about BlackBerry apps, Outlook integration, and the recent better business integration. Now the site has offered up a beta app is for Android devices. And in a new move, this is the first time they are doing a public beta!
Here is the blog entry:
Just in time for the holidays, the mobile team and I are excited to announce the availability of the LinkedIn for Android Beta app! Our Beta application is available worldwide on any Android phone running OS 2.1 or higher.
This is the first time we’ve done a public beta for a mobile app here at LinkedIn and we have more features we’ll be launching in upcoming versions. But given the demand, we wanted to get this out to you for the holidays and look forward to hearing from you what works and what new features and scenarios you’d like to see in future versions.
To get the app, all you need to do is join our new LinkedIn for Android group. Once you’ve joined, you can quickly access the instructions to download the app and get started. We encourage everyone to come back to the group for support or to give feedback. It’s the best way to stay in touch with the mobile team here at LinkedIn.
The new Beta app supports several of the key features used most frequently by mobile users on our other platforms:
View updates from your professional network
Search for people to discover things you have in common and establish new connections
Respond to invitations sent from people in your professional life
Keep in touch with your own connections on LinkedIn
Staying connected to your professional network is one of the most important activities we offer on the new LinkedIn Android app. In our Beta app, you can view your connection updates from the Updates screen. These include newly established connections, changes to people’s profiles, and important articles and information being shared.
Never walk into a meeting unprepared
Whether you are looking for things you have in common with a prospective client, or just want to connect with someone you’ve met at a conference, the Search feature in our Android app has you covered. It’s the fastest search experience we offer on any mobile platform, and makes it easy to find people quickly.
Once you’ve found the person, you can view their profile to learn more about them, invite them to connect, or view who you have in common.
Sending and accepting invitations are an important part of growing your network. You can send invitations by viewing the profile of someone you’re not connected to. To see the invitations people have sent to you, just tap the Invitations icon in the app.
As we mentioned earlier, this is an early Beta and we’ve focused on delivering a great experience based on the most commonly requested features. In the coming months, we’ll be delivering updated versions of our Beta app that adds new features like access to your Inbox, sharing and commenting on updates, and our popular “People You May Know” feature.
For now, we hope our members will find our Beta useful, and we look forward to hearing from you as you try out the app.
To download the app now, or to give us feedback and talk about your ideas for LinkedIn on Android, please join our LinkedIn for Android group today!
LinkedIn already has an iOS app (iPhone only), and the Android app seems to already offer pretty much all of that functionality. The group is very active with plenty of feedback and discussion.
So if you are a LinkedIn user, join the LinkedIn for Android group now, and check out the beta.
One thing I noticed – after joining are directed by your acceptance email to the homepage of the group. The first post there is an introduction which includes instructions and a link to the app itself (it isn’t on the market yet). Yet most posts are asking ‘where is the app’?
If you want to get directly to the installation instructions with app link, use your Android browser and head here. You will find the link about half-way through the page.
Definitely worth checking out if you are a LinkedIn user with an Android phone or tablet.