There will be three major social apps integrated heavily within the new BlackBerry 10 platform. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. I'll be showing you a first look at LinkedIn, and how it integrates into the BlackBerry 10 OS. However, I won't be able to show you LinkedIn from the BlackBerry Hub as the current Dev Alpha OS has been restricted from Hub access by RIM. However, RIM just released a video that shows Facebook being used within the Hub, which I'm assuming is how LinkedIn will be used as well. Now let's get to it...
As you can see from the screenshot above, once LinkedIn is installed and you open the app for the first time, you will see a very nice and clean login screen.
From the login screen, you can either sign up for a new account, or sign in with your existing account. From there you can pick the options to 'Find Friends,' Which is the ability to transfer your LinkedIn contacts to your contacts on your device, enable notifications, and sync messages.
Once you enter your login information, and click to login, it will ask you if you want to send a list of your current contacts to see if you can find their profile on LinkedIn to bring back to your device.
Once you have finished the setup, you can see that LinkedIn is now showing nicely under your Settings... Accounts... menu.
Now when you open up your Contacts app, you will see that all of your LinkedIn connections have been transferred to your device. For this example, I'll be using the one-and-only Alec Saunders to show you more of the profile and integration.
I click on Alec's profile and it will show, under the 'details' tab, some information about Alec from his LinkedIn profile. It will even show you the connections that you have in common - which can be easily selected on the spot. If I click on his name next to the LinkedIn icon, it will direct me to leave him a message within the LinkedIn integration. At the moment, however, that feature is not working because I don't have access to the Hub.
If you click on the 'Updates' tab, you can see any social updates that Alec has posted from within LinkedIn and other socially integrated apps. And if he works for a company that has a profile on LinkedIn, it will pull the top stories about that company into a nice news feed where each story will open up in your browser.
The 'Activity' tab is simply a nice way to view all of the activity that you and the other user have had together. That includes email, social, calls, ect.
And finally as you can see, if you pull over on the menu bar to peek while you are within the Contacts app, you can see that LinkedIn has been added to the list of accounts to choose from.
Without access to the BlackBerry Hub, this is as far as I can show you. But with less than 20 days away, we'll be seeing soon enough anyway. Having LinkedIn integrated like this within BlackBerry 10 just goes to show how RIM users are professionals. And if you don't have a need for it. You won't have to use it. RIM has truly thought of everything angle. You can download LinkedIn for free via BlackBerry App World.
Will you be using the LinkedIn integration? Let me know in the comments!