LinkedIn's revised Android app emulates Facebook

In today's open source roundup: LinkedIn updates its Android app with a Facebook-like feed and interface. Plus: Steve Ballmer wants Android apps on Windows phones. And is Apple moving Android users to iOS?

LinkedIn's revised Android app emulates Facebook

LinkedIn has followed in the footsteps of Facebook by releasing a new version of its Android app that emulates Facebook's interface and newsfeed features.

Karissa Bell reports for Mashable:

Like Facebook, LinkedIn's new app is centered around a central feed, which shows you updates from people in your network and content they are sharing on LinkedIn. Similar to Facebook's News Feed, the app filters which updates you'll see based on what you're most likely to be interested in — and the company says the feature will get better over time as you use the app more.

The home feed is structured a lot like LinkedIn's recently-revamped Pulse app so you may also see posts from people in your extended network and articles that are popular among people with similar jobs.

Outside of the feed, there's a "My Network" section, which serves up suggested people you may know, as well as cards with bite-sized updates about your connected friends, such as work anniversaries and new jobs. If that sounds familiar, that's because it's similar to LinkedIn's Connected app, which revolves around updates like these.

More at Mashable

Steve Ballmer wants Android apps on Windows phones

Steve Ballmer retired as CEO of Microsoft a couple of years ago, but he's still speaking his mind at Microsoft's annual shareholder meeting. And he made it clear that he wants Android apps to run on Windows phones.

Matthew Benson reports for Android Authority:

At Microsoft’s annual shareholder’s meeting held earlier today in Bellevue, Washington, the company’s former CEO, Steve Ballmer, had a rather critical take on the business at hand: “bullshit.” The terse tiding was triggered due to the fact MS is not revealing profit margins and sales for its cloud and hardware units, instead reporting annualized revenue run rate.

Mr. Ballmer also found contentious another issue: the fact that Windows phones don’t run Android apps.

Those that follow the Windows mobile scene may be aware that Microsoft had announced Project Astoria this past April. The aim was, simply put, to allow Android applications to run on Windows Phone. In recent weeks however, it has been reported that the project has been delayed, with some speculating it has been canceled outright.

More at Android Authority

Is Apple moving Android users to iOS?

With the release of its larger iPhones, Apple has attracted the attention of Android users. And it seems that some are making the move to iOS from Android.

Joey Jackson reports for RCR Wireless News:

Apple is stealing users from rival Android in record numbers, according to a new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. The report found 26% of consumers who bought the iPhone 6s in the first month it was released were former Android users. That is up 12% from last year and 23% since the launch of the iPhone 5s in 2013, according to the study.

“The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus launch attracted a greater percentage of Android owners compared to a year ago,” said Mike Levin, partner and co-founder of CIRP. “This says a little more about the very hot iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch, which motivated more iPhone upgrades than in previous years. The share of buyers coming from the Android platform for this launch more resembles the long-term trend in Android and iOS switching.”

More at RCR Wireless News

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