LinkedIn has announced a new Blackberry app for business professionals that lets them build connections with their smartphone.

The new application, similar to ones already released for the iPhone and Palm Pre, gives LinkedIn members the ability to access and update their accounts when they are away from their computers.

“With the addition of the application for BlackBerry to our broader suite of mobile applications, LinkedIn is available to more business people than any other professional network in the world,” said Adam Nash, vice president of search and platform products, LinkedIn.

The application features native integration with the BlackBerry so you users can to use LinkedIn within their BlackBerry’s existing email, calendar and contacts applications.

Key functionality includes the ability to: search LinkedIn profiles; view LinkedIn inboxes; receive network updates; make new connections away from the computer; and send invitations to new connections.

The LinkedIn application for BlackBerry smartphones is free and is compatible with the BlackBerry Tour, Curve and Bold series of smartphones running BlackBerry OS 4.3 or later. Full integration of the LinkedIn application with native BlackBerry applications requires BlackBerry OS 4.6 or later.

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