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Difference between android and ipad application

What are the key factors which makes an app more of android or iPad specific. Would like to hear about usability part of it also.
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Dismissing keyboard on Android: UI Pattern

I'm not too familiar with the Android UI patterns, but how does one usually dismiss a keyboard after entering some information? My usecase is to dismiss the keyboard when a user is done entering the ...
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Android pattern of left aligning in action bar

The design guideline for Android action bars is to left align the text or branding of the app, as opposed to center alignment in iOS. Other than the fact that it increases familiarity with other ...
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Is there a style guide for NFC functionality on Android (or generally)?

I've just added NFC functionality to my Android app, and I need to expose it to the user. I don't have a separate UX specialist or tech writer to hand this off to, so I want to make sure I don't write ...
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Integrate a QR code scanner in my Android app or call one via Intents?

For my current project I need to integratie QR code scanning in my app (which will be available for both Android and iOS). The QR code contains info that sets up the app for the rest of use case. For ...
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Horizontal Scrollable List or Spinner, in smartphones

I have a screen (Android Smartphone) where the user has to make a choice from 2 dropdowns / spinners, second dropdowns' options are dependent on first dropdown's choice. The number of items in each ...
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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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Removing a listview cell in Android - UI Pattern?

I come from an iOS background and so I'm not too familiar with how things work on Android. What I need to do is something to the equivalent of "Slide to remove" feature that is normally used to remove ...
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Android App - What would the best way to show multiple activities with a fragmented time frame

We are creating an android app that will be used to survey truck drivers and gather some traffic information. One of the questions is "What is the amount of time that you spend driving, sleeping or ...
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Multiple launchers

Is it a good idea to have 2 launchers for one app in Android? What I am talking about are 2 launcher icons in the applications list. Of course the labels for both will differ and the icons may or may ...
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In RTL locales, should mobile application animations be reversed?

In mobile applications, it's common to drill down with the new view animating in from the right. Going back results in the opposing animation (from the left). These are analogous to turning a page. ...
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What is the best page flow for a list, search and show item application?

Consider the following scenario: I have an Android application with three screens: a list of items, a search results screen, and a show item screen. A search bar can be invoked on every screen, and ...
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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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Is the use of hamburger button in Google material design an example of a bad user experince?

I have constantly found numerous issues with hamburger button, like: People tend to show a lot of options with them. It takes atleast twice as many taps to change sections. Hamburger button is also ...
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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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Material design - swipe to refresh

Following the Material design guidelines for swipe to refresh pattern, should the spinner come out from behind the header bar or is it fine if it appears from just below the header bar?
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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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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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Back vs close icon in Material Design

Some Material Design apps use the "close" icon instead of the more common "back" icon in the toolbar, for example: (From ...
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Sharing on Android

There are two ways of sharing on Android OS. One is using a box that contains the the sharing options. Another way is to use a dropdown list for the available sharing options. Both of them are ...
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In a high precision meter do I display battery voltage as a fractional number of volts or as a whole number of millivolts?

There's an Android battery meter application for enthusiasts (control freaks actually) that displays the remaining charge percentage and the current voltage. A typical phone will use a Li-Ion battery ...
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Edit screen for Attachment screen in Android ICS

I have a situation where I am not allowed to put buttons on Actionbar as well as bottom bar. The bottom bar has Save and Cancel when in Edit mode and to make it consistent across all screen we are not ...
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Clear selection in Android

When using standard Android apps (like Gmail) which have multiple items to select, a contextual action bar (CAB) comes up showing a checkmark (tick) and some other information (such as "3 selected"). ...
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Tabs within a tabbed layout in Android?

I'm working on an app for public transit information that has a base layout looking like this: The three tabs represent trip planner, departure times and disruptions respectively, which are the ...
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Swipe to expand/collapse left hand navigation

My Android application has a left hand navigation menu similar to the Google TV left hand menu bar. I can programmatically collapse and expand it to make more or less room on the screen. In the narrow ...
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Best View Widget option to input a quantity

I am planning to create a rate convertor for food recipes. The user has to introduce the quantity of some food and then select the unit (gr,kg,mg,cl...). First of all I think in seekbar, but as the ...
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Typical Android app behavior for deleting data from a list

I am an app developer but not an Android user. My app is a baseball card collection management tool. The main screen displays the list of baseball cards which the user has entered into the database. ...
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Localization for Polish diacritics

I am working on an android software package. and the font we are using does not support many of the Polish diacritics (eg ź). is it acceptable to substitute latin characters for unsupported ...
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Pop-dialog usage on Android tablets

I am in the process of adapting a large application to taking advantage of Android 3.x features and introducing tablet type look and feel. One thing I am unclear about is what the usage recommendation ...
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Android a lot of information on one screen - how to simplify?

I am new to Android development. I am working on application where Sql-lite is also involved, its a database application. The application is used on Android Tablets In of the screen we have a lot of ...
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Sorting photos in mobile app

We're currently developing an app for posting classified ads where the user is able to upload up to 10 photos per ad (from camera or library). The app will be available for Android and iOS (with ...
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What are unique UI controls on Android?

Apart from regular UI controls like tabview and listview, are there any unique and attractive UI controls like Quick action bar, Action bar, or iOS spinner (Date and time selector) which are ...
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Iphone app test scrolling

I’m designing a test for an iphone and android app. The test consists of 10 questions. Each question has 3 answers, A,B and C. The length of the question and the answers are variable and pulled ...
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Best practice for Android form - selection of large range of numbers

For a user input field in an Android application I am developing, I need the user to be able to input a number representing a distance, whose magnitude ranges from 0 to normally ~150 (but can be ...
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What is Ice Cream Sandwich's default design for expandable panels/ “pull down” handle?

I have to design an expandable panel for ICS with a "Pull Down" handle like this one. Do you know if this design is the default one for expandable panels on ICS? Or is it specific to the notification ...
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What options do I have for variable width data, but without horizontal scrolling?

I've written a weather app for Android. Its primary screen and function shows a data table with multiple columns (e.g. temp, wind speed, wind gust, pressure, etc). A feature of my app is the ability ...
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Help find the fastest and easiest-to-grasp approach to let a user go through a complex schedule

I want to let users view schedules on a mobile phone. Its a generic schedule of events Events can be spread across multiple days Events can be spread across multiple venues An event has a time slot ...
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edit & save buttons - do I need them? where to place them?

I'm designing a simple app for the Android platform. I have a page with some data, this page can be reached by two options: create new page- input fields are empty edit existing page- input fields ...
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Toast message or dialog message for displaying internet connection error message on application

We are designing a new android application. The app is in its initial stage of architectural design and UI definition. One of the main question is how to display internet connection error message, On ...
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Merits of smaller less verbose keyboards for phones/mobile devices

Are there any merits to using a smaller and or possibly less verbose keyboard on mobile devices in certain scenarios? I was thinking possibly changing keyboards for logins or other areas where you ...
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Navigation drawer and hardware back button: when on root level, exit app or go back?

I have an Android app with several different categories that the user can navigate between using navigation drawer. These categories have drill down views that replace the hamburger icon with a ...
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App - Should a user be able to edit the text of a tweet or facebook post?

I am building an android app, and i have implemented what i believe to be a very good user interface/flow. To upload a photo to our website there are 3 steps. You select the photo. You enter a ...
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Why do many/most (Android) phones have the power button opposite the volume buttons?

I have just bought a Nexus 5 phone. I love the phone, but like my previous two phones it gives me grief when turning the thing on or off. The problem is that the power button is almost directly ...
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How to recruit participants for usability study of a mobile app?

I'm currently designing an Android app and would like to do a usability study to test how the app works with the target audience. I have a question regarding recruiting participants. Since there are ...
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Default Android input field styling

I have been showing a prototype of my app to a few people and am surprised by how many of them don't know where to type. The main screen has three input fields and a search button. I'm talking about ...
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Trying to build intuitive simple user interface for an iphone app

** UPDATED with picture Below is a simple mockup for a spending tracker mobile app (for frequent travelers) that i built. Each of the 3 gray boxes are inputs (name, amount, currency). A sample input ...
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Is it ever a good idea to present a radio-button menu without outlining prior selection?

I'm puzzled by the UX additions in the latest default Camera app in Android 4.2. The whole menu with all camera options (other than zoom) is made as a circle. You activate this circle menu by ...
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Android: Does it make sense to place action buttons in the Action bar in a settings app?

I'm currently playing with an Android layout for an app that is to be used to configure a remote (wireless connected) embedded controller. It configures a bunch of modes and related settings in the ...
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Chrome Mobile - Request Desktop Site and Media Queries

I'm wondering what people's best practices for handling the Chrome option on Android of "Request Desktop Site" when a site is developed using media queries. When the site is viewed the media queries ...
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Multiple tabhosts or buttons

I'm currently developing app for one shop and as the design came together I stumbled upon a problem. There is one main activity which has five tabs on top and also in one of those top tabs there are ...