LinkedIn for Android review: Powerful professional networking on the go

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LinkedIn (Android)

(Part #: com.linkedin.android)

Free

4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good The LinkedIn mobile app performs well, has a beautiful interface, and offers many of the most frequently used features of the professional networking Web site.

The Bad A lack of powerful tools for research will disappoint LinkedIn's most dedicated users. Job-sharing functionality would be nice.

The Bottom Line With its improved search function among other updates, the LinkedIn app is a must-download for anyone who's serious about the professional networking site.

8.4 Overall
  • Installation and Setup 10.0
  • Features and Support 7.0
  • Interface 9.0
  • Performance 10.0

Editors' note: This review was updated August 6, 2013, to cover the features added in the latest version.

The officialLinkedIn mobile app for Android offers a sleek interface for accessing the popular professional networking service while on the go. While it may not come loaded with all the functionality of the full, browser-based site, the app can perform most of LinkedIn's primary functions and gives access to its most frequently used tools.

Just like the full Web site, LinkedIn's interface revolves around the user's stream, which displays content including status updates, connection updates, news, posts from the influencers you follow, job changes, and so on. According to the app's developers, this stream gives you a different experience depending on how you use the app. For instance, the algorithm powering the stream selects top stories since your last visit if you're an infrequent visitor, and shows all of the most recent updates if you're a more habitual user of the application, which is a nice touch. What's more, all of this is packaged in an attractive and geometric Home screen with sharp corners and large images, similar to Google+.

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The new and improved LinkedIn Android app has a slicker interface and navigation neatly tucked into a sliding side panel. Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET

To update your LinkedIn status, just hit the Compose button at the top of the Home screen. From there, you'll be able to set the visibility of your post to be seen by anyone or connections only, and choose whether to publish your update to Twitter at the same time -- conveniences that are also available on the Web.

With the Home screen now completely dedicated to your stream, all of the app's navigation has been neatly tucked into a slide-out panel on the left, again making it similar to Google+. Here you get one-tap access to your profile, messages, and notifications, as well as a Home screen icon that continuously shuffles through the latest updates from your stream. But the real beauty of this navigation panel is its flexibility. With a few taps, you can customize it with shortcuts to other parts of the app, such as Groups, Companies, News, or Jobs.

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