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LinkedIn app arrives on Android Market

The first version has basic features, but more will be added in the coming months

The professional networking site LinkedIn has finally announced the availability of an application for Android-based smartphones.

For the first version of the application the company focused on core features, wrote Chad Whitney, senior product manager at LinkedIn, in a blog post. The main menu allows users to access six features: updates, search, connections, invitations, messages and reconnect. The last feature presents brings suggestions for new connections.

The application is free and can be downloaded from Android Market. LinkedIn already has applications for the iPhone and Blackberry devices.

In the coming months, LinkedIn will be updating the application with more features that have been requested by users during the beta testing phase, Whitney wrote, without getting into any specifics. Users who want to influence how the application is improved should join the LinkedIn for Android Group.

In a second blog post, LinkedIn listed how users can "spring clean" their account, including changing keywords describing personal qualities and staying away from the most commonly used descriptions on LinkedIn while doing that. Terms like innovative, motivated and dynamic "can appear empty or meaningless to a potential employer or networking contact," according to the blog post. Users should also get more involved in the many groups available on the network, the blog post said.

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