Linkedin upgrades BlackBerry app for BB6 and BB7, now in Hindi too

Professional network LinkedIn on Wednesday launched the new version of “LinkedIn for BlackBerry app,” for BB6 and BB7 users. The app will be available in Hindi along with seven other languages such as German, Spanish and French, the company said in a statement.

The new app has the following new functions

  • Updates: See your network’s new connections, job changes, and shared posts from the stream, as well as top news from LinkedIn Today.
  • Inbox: View and respond to your invitations and messages both in the same place
  • You: Review your profile, see who’s viewed your profile, or share an update
  • Network: Add people you may know or look through your connections

Getting a grip on mobile users in emerging economies like India has become a major focus for large tech companies like Facebook, Linkedin and Google. The country has over 900 million mobile phone subscriptions. Earlier this month, Facebook silently launched its Talktime program in India to sign up more mobile users. Through the program, you could get $ 1 phone credit for every referral.

Google, on the other hand, has been improving its mobile presence with successive launches. The company started offering free text messaging to Google mail users and also launched turn by turn navigation with live traffic information for Google maps, a product heavily used on smartphones.

This mobile- local-language push comes with a growing realization at tech companies that while India has over 100 million Internet users, the next 100 million users will be using mobile devices and also more comfortable in local languages. With growth slowing down in mature markets, large tech companies are also forced to look outside the United States and UK for growth.