Google's mobile operating system and applications for it.

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Guideline to choose among horizontal bar chart and vertical bar chart (For mobile device)

Currently, I were to implement a bar chart, to show dividend received from year 2000 till 2013 (as an example) I was still puzzling, on whether I should go for horizontal bar chart or vertical bar ...
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Are Switches supposed to have diagonals?

I'm trying to figure out what the preferred stock Android style is for Switches. The design guidelines show a screenshot with flat on/off buttons: ...
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2D action shooter “left-to-right” VS “bottom-to-top” experience

Which type of games is more suited for users on mobile platforms (phones, tablets) considering their thumbs movement? LEFT TO RIGHT like in R-Type? or BOTTOM TO TOP like in Xenon?
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How to show 3 locations as one?

I'm working on an application which allows users to search real estate. One of the app's features will be the ability to search in several (maximum of 3) locations at the same time. Problem How to ...
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What is the best way to allow a user to select one value from a list of potentially hundreds?

I'm trying to write an Android app that requires users to select a value from a list of potentially hundreds. They're likely to know the item they're selecting to asking them to filter by typing seems ...
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Android: best way for user to choose from 100s of options [duplicate]

I have an android app that needs some UI improvement. The user has to choose a name from a spinner (dropdown), which initially only had about 20 elements. This was fine, but now the spinner has over ...
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What's the best way to view details if touch gesture is used for something else?

I'm designing an Android app for a client. Since it's confidential, I made up a similar scenario. Background: Say I'm designing a system to order pizza. One of the steps in this multi-step process ...
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How should I indicate to a user that they've already viewed an item?

In a mobile app I'm developing, I'm showing a list of results where each item can be clicked on to view more details. For each item in the list I'd like to indicate to the user that they've already ...
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Android - ExpandableListView and Context Actions

Context: My app has a list of entries. It uses an ExpandableListView to display the entry date and type as a group, and when you short-press it, it expands to show detailed data on that entry. It also ...
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Rationale behind long touch latency on Android [closed]

As a longtime Apple touch-device user, I was really taken aback when I got my first Android phone (Galaxy SIII). In contrast with every Apple product I've used, the Galaxy had a bit of a lag time with ...
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Effective implementation of filters in mobile

In store maps/ordering items we all display filters which would allow the user to filter the results (may be it stores or airlines/items) based on his needs. The problem here is user may set a filter ...
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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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Porting an Iphone app to Android - what are the ActionBar considerations?

we have an iPhone app Design with an designed icon tab bar at the bottom. For adoption to Android I have a few questions: Is there a need to put the tabs to the top? Or is it okay to break with ...
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Master details form in Android

I have an activity that is used a lot, that requires a lot of input fields and it can be updated when the user wants, although it won't be very common. In this moment, I have something like this: ...
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Porting iOS to Android

I'm not really a designer/UX expert, however I have been developing on Android for some time now and I always try to stick to the look and feel of the standard (ICS) look and feel (with some degree of ...
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How can I direct the user to add a home screen widget after configuring it?

I have an Android app which includes a home screen widget with complicated configuration options. To make it easier to configure a widget, I've made it possible to set up a widget configuration in an ...
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Comparison between Android and IOS apps UI one-to-one

I am currently doing some research trying to describe differences between IOS and Android UI in detail. I know, there are a few questions before and some stuff on Google (I'm already going through ...
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Would the Quick return design pattern that is utilized in Google+, Google Now, Chrome also suit well in Gmail on Android?

The Quick return design pattern is a feature that makes the action bar/split action bar to dissipate as a user begins scrolling down content, just to reappear as soon as the user starts scrolling up. ...
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How to display multiple options for settings page using icons?

Question For a mobile app, how should we display multiple options (say, 20 options are available) in a settings page using icons? Example: Fig.1: All Options in One Screen Activity. All ...
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Why did Gmail for Android move all actions to the top?

On the release of the new Gmail app for Android, I noticed that they moved all of the primary actions for messages to the top of the screen. As a user, I really liked how delete, archive, and mark as ...
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Implementing UI Design of iOS to Android App, Good Idea?

I found a similar question here but I want to hear the answer to my questions. Our team has launched an iOS version of our app, let's call it X App. We have sold this to 3 clients and they like it. ...
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Choosing which mobile devices to use for usability testing

When performing usability tests on mobile devices the results are influenced by the devices tested on. For example different sizes, OS-versions, resolution etc. To conduct a thorough test it is ...
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Best practice to implement enable/disable feature + type of feature

I would like to have some feedback on which is a preferable preference design. We have an enable/disable feature (Stock alert), and type of feature after enabling (Stock alert type). So far, in 1st ...
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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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Relying on Android 'back' button to close a modal window

I tested an app yesterday that my team is working on. It has a hamburger navigation, and one of the items inside that nav is a callout to leave feedback. When you tap the feedback row, a modal screen ...
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Why are icons on mobile phone menu screens square or rectangular but not circular?

If you take a look at the app page of any mobile OS, for example iOS, Android, Ubuntu, Win8, BADA, etc., they all have square icons, either with rounded corner or sharp corners (shown in the first ...
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How to re-design an app's user interface?

I am new to the interaction design field, basically a student. I have an assignment where I need to research into topic about Interaction Design of applications for smartphones / tablets when you ...
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Action Overflow Android

In a case where we have only one action (that is having a info icon) should we still keep it in action overflow for Jelly Bean design or we can have it as an icon itself on the action bar? The reason ...
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Adopting sidebars in iOS apps

It looks like several known apps for iOS (Foursquare, Spotify) now adopt the sidebar that already was present in Facebook app (screenshot is from Spotify for iPhone): AFAIK, this is not a standard ...
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Is it bad to post an app update to only show ads?

So, I have made an app and it's getting it's fair share of action on the Play Store. It is free and currently contains no adverts. I am nearing completion of integration with Flurry Ads. I am also ...
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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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Mobile, “Show Remaining” or “Show All”?

In a mobile screen I have n data items in collection, but I am limited to show first 3 or 4 items from it. For the rest I can put a button below 3rd or 4th item which can lead my user to a popup where ...
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Should I put “.” at the end of messages for mobile users?

Should I write "." at the end of messages displayed to the user in my mobile Android application? For example: High bandwidth required, switch to WiFi. or High bandwidth required, switch ...
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Android widget : how to tell users that a similar looking control does not perform same?

In my android application I am developing a desktop widget that mirrors many important tasks supported by my application. This widget contains two buttons that mirroring their counterparts in the app ...
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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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A tabbed Android UX element similar to iOS App card?

Is there a standard Android layout that allows for tabs within a context menu? Something similar to the iOS app card would be great.
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Should I build camera functionality into a photo sharing app or let the user use the device camera app they would already be familiar with?

I have been working on the idea I have for sort of another photo sharing app. Last few days, as I have been working on the part of it for taking photos in square format (like instagram) I started to ...
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What android UI control fits for selection of number in large range?

I'm working on a application for tracking body mass measurements. I need the user to be able to input a number representing body weight, whose magnitude ranges from 0.00 kg to normally 300.00 kg. The ...
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Keyboard hiding lower buttons on small Android screens

I have a application (Android) which have scroll activity form. On which there is a button for next screen (lowest of scroll). It's looking fine on large screens of android devices. But keyboard hides ...
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Have controls fade out on scroll?

Background In our application we have a list view of contacts. In addition to the list there is a filter panel at the top of the list which provides contact type filtering through a segment control: ...
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Differences between iOS and Android GUIs [closed]

People sometimes ask me why I chose to buy an iPhone instead of an Android. I always reply the same thing: iPhones (and Apple devices in general) are more user friendly, in my opinion, than Androids. ...
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Why did Google opt-out of hardware buttons for Nexus devices?

Are there any real UX reasons to remove hardware buttons from Android Nexus devices? In above Nexus 4 the bottom part is wasted space - won't adding buttons like menu/back/home make it more ...
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ICS style guide - Is there a standard icon to indicate drag and drop in a list view?

I searched here but didn't see an answer. I've gone through the new ICS Android design guidelines but did not see a standard icon or recommended icon for drag and drop in list views. Is there one? ...
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Android: Back Button Only vs. Extra Navigation

General UX question for Android: Assume a simple view (activity or fragment) hierarchy, like so: A --> B. The transition from A to B is added to Android's back stack. On screen B, is it best to ...
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Should I follow the Android guideline or keep my app's own style when porting it from iOS?

My new project is to port an iOS app to Android platform. Before get started, I'm quite confused on whether I should follow google's guideline since some big titles on Android platform still keep the ...
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In Android application, when to use View control instead of Tab

I develop a shopping application for one company. First time I design to use Tab to categorize product in shop. But I am not sure Ishould use "View control" instead of "Tab" or not. Tab and View ...
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Alternatives to Microsoft Visio? [closed]

What are good alternatives to Microsoft Visio? I use it in my Android/iPhone app design workflow to illustrate a sequence of actions. Then I can generate a PDF to share with developers. However, ...
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What is the best practice approach in android for form input that is related to the current view

I am currently going through the process of designing the experience of my first android app for a company I am involved with. Forgive me if some of the terminology is incorrect; coming from a web ...
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How to prototype a new concept for UI design for mobile devices? [closed]

I am currently developing a new kind of UI for android device and I wanted to know how do I make prototype of it ? since none of the existing UI design tool has support for it. I wanted to include ...