LinkedIn Goes Mobile With New iPad App
LinkedIn has finally launched its long-awaited iPad app, along with revamped versions of its iPhone and Android apps. Despite high mobile engagement with the network, tablet owners have had to rely on the regular LinkedIn website for the best experience.
Anyone who’s familiar with LinkedIn’s website will be surprised at how different the tablet version is. Redesigned from the ground up, it’s more like a social news aggregator than social network.
“We know that our members use their iPads heavily during the morning and evening hours,” explained Manish Sharma in the company’s blog post. “This ‘Coffee & Couch’ behavior is so pronounced that we designed our new app to make every professional feel like they have their own personal assistant.”
Upon launching the app, you’re greeted by a clean, simple interface with just three options: updates, profile, and inbox.
Through the updates section, you can access a stream of updates from your connections, including who’s changed jobs and who’s viewed your profile — a feature that was previously hidden deep on the website. Additionally you’ll be able to view news that your connections are sharing and the latest discussions from the Groups you’re involved with.
The latter two sections are pretty self-explanatory. Not only are you able to manage your profile and connections, you’ll also be able to send and receive LinkedIn invitations and messages from your inbox.
One of the app’s standout features is the ability to sync your device’s calendar with your LinkedIn profile. For example, if you have meetings scheduled, you can add contextual information about contacts from their LinkedIn profiles. This feature is also available on the updated iPhone and Android apps.
You can download the iPhone and iPad application on Apple’s App Store right now.