LinkedIn has been busy rolling out new features and acquiring popular news reader app Pulse. But the business-focused social network shows no signs of slowing down, releasing the first major update to its iOS and Android apps in almost two years.
The updated apps have been completely revamped with a simpler design, richer activity stream, and new navigation options. The main attraction is a more content-rich stream, which has been placed front and centre within the app to showcase users' updates, news, and original posts from LinkedIn influencers.
"We want to make it easier for our members to quickly discover and engage with the rich professional insights being shared across LinkedIn to help them make smarter decisions from wherever they may be working," LinkedIn mobile product lead Tomer Cohen wrote in a blog post this week.
The newly revamped apps also now enable users to invite, follow, like, share and comment on content directly from their updates stream, which should get more conversations started. In addition, the apps include a new, customisable navigation page, which slides out from the left side of the screen, giving users quicker access to jobs, groups, and people they may know.
In addition to the new look, LinkedIn expanded its language offerings, with the addition of Dutch and Norwegian for the iPhone, and Turkish, Dutch, and Norwegian for Android. With the expansion, both apps are now available in 15 languages.
Plus, it looks like the company has even more up its sleeve in the coming months. "There is much more in store for mobile this year, including more search and personalisation updates," Cohen wrote.