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What is an easier unlock pattern: gesture or code?

There are two popular ways to unlock a phone. iPhone makes you type in a numerical code. Android gives you the option to draw a gesture. Which of these two is easier to remember and easier to execute? ...
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What can be an alternative to tabs in an iphone or android application

What type of a design/design philosophy/gesture can be a good alternative to tabs in an iphone or an android application? Tabs are good and tell the user that there is another ...
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What is the common UI practice if you want to display a series of dialogs?

In my case (see picture) I display a dialog which requires the user to select date and time. This happens through another dialog which appears above the first dialog. Is this fine for user experience? ...
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Should button icon show it's state or it's action? [duplicate]

Alert (sound player) user experience experiment: This question is about the user experience (UX) of a tiny sound player that has 2 buttons: mute/unmute, pause/play. The player is connected to a live ...
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Navigation drawer icon vs Back icon (Android & iOS)

I'll use Gogobot as an example. From the home page of the app, the user can click the "Trending" link, to navigate to the trending page. In this workflow, the icon in the top left becomes a back/up ...
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(When/How often/Where) should I show my admob insterstitial ads? [closed]

I am developing an Android app about jokes, this is a simple schema about it: I want to implement admob interstitial ads and I would like to know about the best way to do it. For example: Where ...
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Should applications include currently useless features?

We are developing Android application, basically timetables and exams. One team member says that exams should be visible there at all times, while I think it would be much less confusing if exams only ...
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Android back button and tabs

In a recent presentation from a Google employee (Navigation anti-patterns), it states pretty directly that it's bad practice to navigate tabs using the back button (see this slide - ...
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Android app — admob and actionbar

What are the considerations in arranging things in an Android app when you want to have both Admob and an ActionBar (with lots of tabs)? In particular, would it feel strange to have the ads directly ...
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Android text truncation guideline

Is there are set of guidelines for the Android how the text should be truncated in the controls? Fading text, ellipsis, cut in the middle, etc.?
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New Android UI color palette docs, don't understand some colors names (A100, A200…)

About color palette: Android UI Color Palette What are the color starting with 'A' (A100, A200)?
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Why is 'Up Navigation' a recommended Android guideline?

In android the recommended way to access your applications menu is to click on the logo in the top left-hand corner. The guidelines also advocate re-using this touch area as an Up navigation, which ...
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Recommended Design for UX with multiple text inputs? [closed]

We (My friends and I) have created an Android Application to calculate for a snow day based on multiple text (numerical) inputs that the user interacts with. We released the app before the real storm ...
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What to do when there is a delay in syncing due to no internet connection?

I am making an app which lets the user keep notes. One of the features is that the notes can be synced to a remote server and can also be edited online from the website. Here is a scenario that I ...
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What's a common signifier for “pull down to see more”

I have a mobile UI element, and I'd like to design it such that users can pull down on it to see more info about that element. Is there a common signifier that says "hey, pull me down"?
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Choosing between Tabs and ActionBar spinner

I need to show group of objects in two ways: in the list and on the map. I can use tabs or action bar spinner. As Android guide says both modes are acceptable (In Android application, when to use View ...
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What is a good UI/UX for asking people to pick from two lists?

I posted this on Stack Overflow, but was told that this would be a better place to post this. I have an Android app where I want to ask users to pick a tag but it has two levels to it. So essentially ...
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How to determine if disregarding system settings for orientation is bad UX?

Whether I have my Android phone's settings to allow or disallow rotation, the Youtube app always rotates the video to fullscreen when I set my phone sideways. When searching for this online, I even ...
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Android: Select 1 out of 2 options

I'm currently designing a mobile app for Android and iOS and I don't quite know which pattern I should use. The user is setting up his profile and he has to select the gender. In iOS I use tabs and ...
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Mobile Phone Device Grouping [closed]

I need to organise modern smartphone devices into different families or groups, for instance this could be via Screen resolution, Manufacturer, Year. I then need to assign trend stats based on usage, ...
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Recommended ways to show the user how we use their information?

If I'm building an app that requires a Facebook login, users' first gut reaction is, "this app is going to spam my wall and my friends' walls, isn't it?" How do you get around that? Tinder is an app ...
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In my Android pollen app, I am adding a tip box. Should this be a pop up or something else? [closed]

I am currently working on an Android app for getting daily updates on the status of pollen. Here is a work-in-progress screenshot: Upon getting some feedback from people, I am going to restructure ...
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Android notification settings for user-set reminders

I am writing an Android application for a music festival. I want to enable my users to set an alarm to remind them that their favorite artists will be on stage soon. When this happens, I display a ...
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Scrolable Tabs or Navigation Drawer for navigation in Android app?

I am making Zodiac app, and I there are these categories of zodiac in my app: daily horoscope, weekly horoscope, monthly horoscope, daily love horoscope I am not sure what type of navigation I ...
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alternative to scrollable tab bar for mobile

i am designing an application for android. an important part of it is designing a page to allow users to select stuff (i.e add to cart) from a categorized list of items. the IA is such that most ...
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Incoming / Outgoing Calls

I am currently redesigning a Call Management app: http://goo.gl/hn95F4 I used some arrow icons for incoming and outgoing calls. The arrows point towards the outside of the screen for outgoing ...
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iOS7 / Android - Native in-app Agenda / Calendar? [closed]

I'm re-skinning an App for a client, and I'd like to modernise the agenda integrated to this app. Problem : the app will be developed for both Android and iOS, so I'm trying to harmonize the UI for ...
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Should the Android contextual action bar check mark be replaced with an “x”

Is it a good idea for applications (application developers) to replace the check mark icon in the contextual action bar when in selection mode. Is this a good design pattern? Does it make more sense ...
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information architecture for a restaurant menu for a mobile application

I'm currently designing a mobile application (android) for ordering food. The purpose of the application would be similar to the justeat app. The biggest challenge as yet is structuring the menu and ...
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Sorting (ascending/descending) in android mobile app

Here is a screenshot of filters that may be applied to a list of orders. I am interested in sorting them by date, address, etc. However, the (A-Z) and (Z-A) labels are not suitable for data types such ...
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Should I use the Navigation Drawer?

I have an app in which I would like a slide out menu. It would not be in control of all the apps settings, just a simple menu with a few options. I will still have a settings menu so I don't want to ...
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Best UI for horoscope/zodiac Android app

download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups I want to make horoscope Android applicaiton, and I'm not sure which navigation I should use. I'm thinking about these two ...
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Depth of application state persistance

Is it a good design pattern, in this case for Android, to persist the application state for wherever the user is, or should this be done just for the first level of depth?
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Navigation drawer with My Account entry

I am adding a navigation drawer for my Android app. My app has a "my account" page where the user can see his account details. My app also has 3 types of subscriptions that the user can choose ...
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For mobile apps, is it “best” to load data before transitioning screens?

In a mobile application you almost always make some sort of api call to fetch data to populate view elements on a screen. Say I am on a home screen (screen A) and want to transition to a profile ...
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What is a 'good' timeout value?

In Android applications, the default AndroidHttpClient uses a timeout of 60 seconds. My guess is that no person sits around waiting 60 seconds for his or her device to display a timeout message. What ...
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Does finding something through a map also require a manual search?

I am about to create an android application. The application deals with objects that have location attributes and can be displayed on a map. I am thinking of having the map be displayed first with ...
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Should I remove a back button from the UI considering every Android phone has a hardware back button?

I've published my android app where in every screen I've put a back button in the actionBar. Now considering that every android phone has a back hardware button, should I remove this button or is it ...
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Android app navigation best practices

I am working on an android game. It will be similar to this popular game. My user has to navigate between various activitys. This can be implemented using either a system of next and previous buttons ...
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Deliverables to development Team - Mobile project (iOs and Android)

Do yo know how many mockups and what kind and type of deliverable a Visual designer should deliver to development team? For example, let me know if this is correct. For each page we should deliver: ...
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Best way to incorporate a call-to-action on an icon (on mobile)

I'm designing an interface to ask for user evaluation on data submitted by other users and I'm stuck on designing simple and effective call-to-action on a counter icon. Context: The favorite is a ...
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“Delete” key position on android

I wonder why the "delete" key is now located on the top part of the keypad screen. I can see that both for iOS and Android. I remember that few month (or years maybe…) ago, this was more often located ...
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Which text is more effective to encourage users to leave review for Android App

I have prepared 2 types of text which used to ask user to leave review in Google Play store for Android app. It is a dialog, which will pop up, if user has used this app for N times for last M days. ...
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Do mobile apps typically include a tutorial for new users?

I'm developing a new CRUD app for Android. I feel like my menu is intuitive, but nevertheless, I worry that some new users may not understand my app. My Question: Do mobile apps typically include ...
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Mobile application: Let the user first to choose camera or gallery or open camera first?

We have to develop a new application which main function is to take photos/videos or browse existing photos from gallery and share them with FB friends. In order to share photos/videos users shall ...
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what do you think about that comment delete screen UX/UI?

we have an android app that lets you share thoughts with friends without revealing who you are. It's in developing processes now! I designed comments delete screen, but I'm not sure it's good for UX. ...
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Should “delete” and “cancel” be icon or text in mobile application?

Designing an interface for an android app, I stumbled upon a paradox and I'm a bit confused about what to do and why to do. Context User wants to delete his/her post's comments.
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Push Notifications : Best approach to bring back user who has not opted for push

We are all aware of the push notification benefits, but lot of times when user installs an app they say no to push notifications inadvertently or willingly. How can we bring back those users to opt ...
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Touch screen device (in particular Android) version of a tag cloud

Is a tag cloud acceptable on a touch screen device? The nature of a tag cloud is that you have small links and large links all positioned in close proximity to each other. This can cause issues with ...
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Why doesn't the Android OS have a system wide “Forward” button?

I find it too easy to hit "Back" (in a browser kind of way) forgetting that there is no "Forward" to correct my mistake.