Google's mobile operating system and applications for it.

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What to display in mobile app web view when the URL won't load

I'm creating an app whose UI is simply a web browser that loads a URL. Let's not argue about why I'm implementing it this way (I already tried that with the higher-ups). It can still do the background ...
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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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How to allow quick toggling between two out of several values?

An Android app provides several possible values for a setting. The user needs to be able to quickly toggle between two of the settings, A and B. 95% of the time they will only be interested in A and ...
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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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screen resolution for android and iPhone design in Photoshop [closed]

For iPhone an Android design, why we set the psd resolution up to 72? why we aren't using 160 for mdpi and 240 for hdpi so on. Eg: for iPhone 2x res we are choosing 640 x 960px and and screen ...
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Action buttons for mobile — ok to go full width?

Is it acceptable to use full width mobile action buttons, say in the footer, like in the 1st example? It's nice and simple but I'm afraid users might mistake it for a regular footer. The 2nd example ...
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Navigation Design for GoogleTV

I'm doing some research on ways to navigate on a GoogleTV. There aren't any design guidelines, but it seems a Left Menu Bar design, like the GTv YouTube app, is common use. In my opinion it doesn't ...
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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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Is it advisable to use own color scheme for Android app

Android does come with 2 default color scheme : Holo light and Holo dark. I was wondering, is it advisable to use own color scheme in Android app? What kind of consideration we should taken in, when ...
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Tools for creating mockups for mobile device UIs [closed]

I am looking for tools that can help me to create UI mockups for different mobile phones such as iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 7 devices. Is there any application that can do this?
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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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Alternative for circles page indicator for many pages?

What's a good alternative for indicating that the user can swipe across the screen to get the next/previous item and/or showing the current position, considering that there are many pages (usually ...
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What should status bar toggle button behavior be?

I installed update of android 4.2.2 to my tablet. A new feature is "Long-press to toggle Bluetooth or Wi-Fi in the settings pull-down". So there are some interesting differences between offical rom ...
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Is it appropriate to use Metro style design for a cross-platform mobile app

I'm finding it really difficult to design UI's for android and ios after falling in love with the windows metro design. I wondered if providing a metro style app across all platforms would be such a ...
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Navigating between tabs in an android app

What is the preferred method of navigating between tabs in an android app? Is it: a. Clicking on them? b. Swiping left/right? I can't seem to get a definitive answer from the android design ...
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Where to put OK/Cancel on an Android activity form?

Imagine an app screen used to fill out a form and then either Ok, or Cancel - an activity that on a desktop application might be a dialog box. The keyboard will be displayed, so we have limited screen ...
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Touchscreen: Select small zones from a huge scrollable image

My app lets the user take a picture of a sheet of paper, then select a block of 2-3 words, then another block. The user must be able to clearly read the (potentially tiny) written words, so she will ...
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Can you recommend a kick-ass user interface for a multiple-choice quiz? [closed]

I am working on a quiz app, and want to give it a kick-ass UI. I have this so far: That is, if you choose the wrong answer, it is highlighted with red, and the correct answer is always highlighted ...
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What is the rationale behind not providing Dashboard/Home screen landscape mode?

I'm an adept Android user, but know my way around iOS as well. Something both platforms has in common is the stubborn conviction of not introducing the landscape mode for their Dashboard/Home screen ...
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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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Android application for London Transport (usability ?) [closed]

I'm developing the Android application for London Transport which includes Journey Planner, Tube status, Live Departures Boards, Maps, Finding a taxi function and so on. I'd like to get some ...
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Checklist App (Process Documentation) Interface For Android Mobile Tablet & Phone

I'd like some help figuring out a good interface design for my app. It will be a checklist application, I guess somewhat similar to a todo list but instead of for things todo it is for documenting a ...
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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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Multi-pane layout tabs confusion?

I'm curious what people think about android < 3.0 tabs in the action bar, specifically for tablets. In the picture I uploaded, the tabs are on the left side, but I want them to be associated with ...
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Android List View - delete row button, delete selected button or delete from item click menu?

Android List view activity with item rows. User needs to be able delete some rows. I know standard way in Android is to use item click menu. But it's 2 clicks. Is it best way?
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What tools can I use to design for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)? [closed]

I have to create a few prototypes (Balsamiq style) for Android 4.0 (ICS). I tried looking into tools etc from previous questions and from Google, but nothing seems to work for me. What tools can I ...
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iPad/iPhone alternative for hover states

I've recently updated my personal portfolio with some CSS3 and jQuery magic. I'm extremely pleased with the results and yes, it's fully responsive. But i have an issue. I've structured my portfolio ...
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Which way is better to invite your facebook friends via an IOS/Android app?

I am building a social community via an IOS and Android app, both apps are using "Post to friend wall" to invite friends to use with a direct link for the landing page of the app to download it. ...
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Android tablet app pagination

I got an tablet app, and I'm facing a usability issue, I got several people who never had seen the app, and put them to test it, some already had smartphone/tablet experiences, and some not. The app ...
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Travel Info Related Icons

I have developed an Android App and have chosen the icons as shown below. I am not quite sure if everyone can understand these icons and their relevance. Is there any way I can make them more ...
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List icon vs menu icon

As of Ice Cream Sandwich, the new standard icon for menus is three vertically aligned squares as such: Before that, the menu expansion was three horizontal lines like this, but without the ...
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Optionally showing more options

Say you have a form where the user must specify a number of X. For sake of example, let's say X is flowers. For 90% of users, the type of X will be the same, let's say roses. So you have a control ...
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Segment control with NULL selection

In our Android application we have a list view of items. The items can be members of two different groups, Group 1 and Group 2, but can also be without group. To filter the list to show the items in a ...
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Should I use dynamic fast scroll on an Android application?

I'm developing an app on the Android platform and the main UI component used is a ListView. Now, in my case, this ListView may contain a huge amount of items (depending on the user) so with that in ...
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Optimizing the selection process [closed]

I am developing a mobile application in which the user selects the fields that s/he wants to enter information into. At the moment, I have two screens - one for selecting the fields and other for ...
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Navigating between map and list representations of data

This question is of an Android bent, but the answers could probably be applied to other domains. There are a number of examples out there where locations are shown in both map and list view. For ...
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Placement of Buttons in Touch Screen Scenario

I am working on a Mobile Application primarily for Android Platform. The Application will have a lot of screens which will take user input and we need to have a save and cancel button for them. ...
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Swipe indicators on a small screen

My Android app has a screen that displays the details of an item selected from a list, as shown above. The screen allows the user to scroll to the next or previous item in the list by swiping ...
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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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What would this widget be called?

What is this control that is used to select an item in this screenshot called? This is also in the latest Facebook for Android update. What is it called?
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how to indicate 'what a venue is like right now'

I'm making an app that shows tweets and images about places as a feature to allow users do decide if it sounds like a fun place to go or not. My problem is I don't know how to indicate this to users. ...
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best image to indicate swipe left right

What is the most appropriate image to indicate to users to swipe left or right? i am using http://cubiq.org/swipeview but i feel like it needs a swipe indicator in the background somewhere. Edit: for ...
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Do smartphone users understand the term 'Push Notifications'?

We're including opt-in (on/off) for push notifications in an app, and I've heard feedback from project managers that some of the language might be too technical for the average shopper, like 'Push ...
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What's the Android recommendation for error handling

I'm looking through the Android UX design docs, and I'm not finding an article for best practices around error handling. The type of errors I'm concerned with are limited functionality due to no ...
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What should an Android version of a multi-step modal view look like?

For an iOS app I'm working on, there is an important full-screen multi-step modal view used for certain key actions. The user is looking at a bunch of payees she can pay. She can tap a button to add ...
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Can you explain the Up button behaviour in Google Play

According to the official Android design guidelines, the Up button should take the user one level up in the app hierarchy: http://developer.android.com/design/patterns/navigation.html I have a ...
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Dashboard on Android App against design guidelines? [closed]

Is the dashboard pattern against the Android 4 Design Guidelines? (http://d.android.com/design)
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when designing an app for both Android and iPhone, should the user interface be the same?

When designing a mobile app for use on both iPhone and Android, should you make the UI the same on both platforms? Why or why not? I have thought about this a bit. To some extent, this entails more ...
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Android/iOS: Homescreen [closed]

I have noticed more and more mobile apps are removing their home screen, especially iOS apps. What do you think of this? Personally I think sometimes an app's home screen is redundant, just a pretty ...
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Do users use Home or Back button to minimize their Android app?

I want to know if there's resarch on to what extent users use the Home button or the Back button when they want to minimize the app. I am very well aware that the "correct" way is to use the Home ...