August 16, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Looking for a job? That seems to be the thing to do these days, so why not join popular business and networking site LinkedIn? The good folks at LinkedIn even went through the trouble of completely overhauling the design of their Android app just for you.
LinkedIn for Android now has a beautiful interface with light colors and streams rather than the dark colors and icon grids seen previously. The change was made to be more in line with LinkedIn’s iPhone app, and I welcome it. The app now has a persistent navigation bar at the top that provides links to update status; search the network; or launch a drop-down menu for Updates, Profiles, Inbox, Groups, and People You May Know.
Yes, LinkedIn now supports Groups as well. Mobile users can now access their group discussions with complete support for reading, adding likes, or commenting on messages posted by other group members.
Rather than go to a launch page for all the major functions, it now goes directly to the stream of updates from LinkedIn contacts. One potential issue I’ve found with this is that over-sharers who link their accounts to Twitter can bombard your stream with updates (mine is dominated by one person who I’m probably going to delete). For that reason, the ability to filter would be nice. The stream also shows when people you know form new connections and then links to a page where you can explore those connections as well.
The design of LinkedIn is much better than the previous version and the company claims it’s faster, too – as much as 2 to 10 times faster. The app is certainly more polished and feature rich, so let’s see if it performs better as well. Download from the Android Market and begin your personal testing to confirm.