Early this morning, business-oriented social networking service LinkedIn took the wraps off its much anticipated LinkedIn for BlackBerry mobile application.
The free application lets BlackBerry users access core LinkedIn functionality while on the go via BlackBerry smartphone. For example, LinkedIn for BlackBerry users can update their statuses and view contacts' recent status updates; search for specific LinkedIn contacts and other LinkedIn users they're not yet connected with; view LinkedIn contact-lists, along with contacts' profiles; send contacts LinkedIn and/or email messages, where available; accept new contact invites; and get recommendations on other LinkedIn users you may want to connect with.
The app also reportedly integrates with the native BlackBerry contacts, calendar and "mail" (messaging?) applications.
The LinkedIn app has been in the works for some time. And BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) promoted it back in November at its second annual BlackBerry Developer Conference.
Unfortunately, it looks as though the LinkedIn BlackBerry app cannot be closed. In other words, it's always running in the background on your device, regardless of whether or not you're using it, if you've attempted to exit it or even if you're logged out. This isn't ideal, as the app could be using BlackBerry resources while open and/or draining valuable battery life.
LinkedIn for BlackBerry is currently available for BlackBerry Curve, Tour and Bold models running OS v4.3.0 or higher, according to the company, BlackBerry Storm and Pearl users appear to be out of luck for the time being.
Find additional information and download LinkedIn for BlackBerry at LinkedIn.com/BlackBerry.