LinkedIn for BlackBerry 1.0 for BlackBerry Tour, Bold and Curve smartphones lets users search among the 60 million LinkedIn members and trade invitations with prospective contacts, with tight integration between mail, contacts and calendar. The app should satisfy the millions of users whose companies issue them BlackBerry smartphones for business communications.
LinkedIn March 29 released LinkedIn for BlackBerry 1.0, an application that
brings the leading professional social network to users of the leading
smartphone for corporate workers who need to access their contacts from the
LinkedIn for BlackBerry lets BlackBerry Tour, Bold and Curve users do on
their smartphones most of what they can already do from the full desktop
version of LinkedIn.
The application lets LinkedIn users search among the network's 60 million members;
send invitations to and accept invitations from prospective contacts; receive
suggestions for new contacts; access connections and send messages; and view
The application also includes tight integration between LinkedIn BlackBerry
mail, contacts and calendar, said Chad Whitney, the product manager for mobile
products at LinkedIn, in a blog
Specifically, users can sync LinkedIn connections with their BlackBerry
address book and view the profile of any contact on their BlackBerry by
selecting the "View LinkedIn Profile
" option from a drop-down menu.
LinkedIn invitations and messages will appear in the BlackBerry Inbox as
regular e-mail. Messages sent from members will include their LinkedIn profiles.
Moreover, users may view the LinkedIn profile of any attendee of a meeting on
the BlackBerry calendar.
LinkedIn first seriously entered the mobile
application realm in
2008 with an application allowing users tap into the professional network from
any Web-enabled mobile device.
That mobile application focused on Apple's popular iPhone, which has sold
millions of units since its launch in 2007. LinkedIn for iPhone is a popular
application and the company two weeks ago launched LinkedIn for iPhone 3.1,
promising greater speed and
accessibility of contacts.
LinkedIn for BlackBerry should satisfy the millions of users whose companies
issue them BlackBerry smartphones for communications with fellow colleagues,
partners, customers and other contacts.
"Now, you can walk into any interview, any customer engagement or
client meeting with the ability to look up the details on over
60 million professionals worldwide, in real time," Whitney said.
The LinkedIn for BlackBerry application is available for download from LinkedIn here
and is also available from the BlackBerry App World application on the
BlackBerry Tour, Curve and Bold running BlackBerry OS Version 4.3.0 or later.
Calling the BlackBerry platform "a top priority for the LinkedIn mobile
team," Whitney said users can expect regular enhancements to the LinkedIn
for Mobile application through 2010.