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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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Spinner is to Android, as “____” is to iOS?

In Android, to make a selection from a list of predefined options, we'd use the Spinner element seen below. What is the best approach to replicating this on iOS? The iOS SDK offers pickers, segmented ...
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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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What are the advantages of a card-centric user interface?

It's being reported that Google is moving to a "card-centric" redesign in the upcoming Android-5 O/S. Is it more responsive? Is it more intuitive (quicker to realize how to do things)? Does it use ...
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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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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'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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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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Adding call to action buttons in cluttered Interface

Me and my partner have been arguing on how the User Interface should look like when we add two extra action buttons (Share and Report) while it has little to no space. Here is my design: Note ...
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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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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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combining cards UI and buttons

I am designing a application for android and have decided to go with the cards theme for the visual design. reasons being, that the information being presented fits the cards format: short bursts of ...
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Why does android use up and down arrows in expandable list view?

In Android Ice Cream Sandwich an up arrow is employed to indicate an expanded group and a down arrow to indicate a closed group. Both seem like non-standard choices, most user interfaces use a right ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Guidelines for when to use bottom action bar on android

Are there any situations where it's preferable to put actions in the bottom bar rather than in the top one, or is it only based on the amount of space available for the buttons?
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How to design a long list page in Android?

I am designing an Android application for people who haven't used Android before. This application contains a long form that these users should fill out. What of the following methods is the best way ...
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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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Why android not show icon in overflow menu?

After android introduced the action bar after 3.x, I found that its native API hides all icons if the menu item is shown in overflow (three dots on MENU-button-lacking device, or after pressing Menu ...
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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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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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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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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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Strategy to ask app-users for review

I am a Front-end developer in a team and we are developing a travel app for Android and IOS. This mobile app offers users to search and book hotels. We want to build a mechanism to ask users for ...
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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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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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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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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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“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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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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Screen size to start designing in Android?

I am newbie at working with android. I have read several uxexchange questions here, articles etc. but I am still struggling on which size of screen should I start for the android app we need to ...
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Choose among 30+ items in android

Does anyone have a best practice on how to present 30+ items (numbers, say between 1 and 30) on an android screen? I thought about using a number field, but maybe it's better to make a screen with all ...
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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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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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to Design Quality User Experience for Android Mobile app, should we care for pixel ? is that nessasory? [closed]

I am troubling and confused to design android Mobile app. I want to design perfect app so can any one help me to trace out my problem and solve it?? here is my problem to Design User Experience for ...
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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.
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Android: Hint/Clue to distinguish (product) categories from (product) items?

I am currently designing an Android app that allows users to browser a product database. The database has a defined tree structures with inner nodes representing product categories and leaf nodes ...
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Notifications with several lines of information

I'm making an application that checks for wind speed and direction on several locations and made notification that shows when a location has enough wind. The information the notification should hold ...
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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 ...