Google's mobile operating system and applications for it.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

11
votes
6answers
2k views

Should I stick to Google's Android UI Design Patterns or not?

Both the official Twitter application and Facebook application use a similar set of UI design patterns in their apps. These patterns were set out by google themselves in this blog post. The thing is ...
6
votes
2answers
4k views

Side navigation menus for Android tablets

The new trend of side navigation menus has taken over Android apps - Facebook, Evernote and now youtube and google+ are all doing the side navigation menu like here: Though it seems like this has ...
2
votes
2answers
428 views

Mobile UX prototyping tools in the classroom [closed]

(I know this sounds like a repeat question, but I am asking this specifically for a classroom context and I have some specific needs (other than "free") that I feel sets this question apart. Please ...
2
votes
1answer
133 views

How do I guide users to use the Windows program necessary for my Android app?

I have published a small Android App. It is a Remote Control for PowerPoint. The Software itself would work just fine, however I have a few small issues with my users. As you can imagine, a user has ...
4
votes
2answers
114 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
175 views

Android Image Gallery

I have an App which contains a gallery with images in a Gridview. If I tap on one of the Images it opens up a view which shows the single image that I've selected. I can then switch between the images ...
1
vote
2answers
58 views

Showing a question during a video in Android

I am trying to implement something similar to what Coursera does when watching a video - ask the user a question to assess his/her understanding like shown below What is a good way to do this in ...
4
votes
1answer
905 views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
974 views

How to make a text look “clickable” in mobile applications?

I first made the clickable text bold and rest all normal Then the one who tested said he can't make out the clickable text. I changed the color to blue, so now its much better but he even wanted me ...
6
votes
2answers
2k views

Lateral Navigation with swipe views and tabs together with mapview

I've recently designed a new Android Application for a theme park. According to Android Design Guidelines: If your app uses action bar tabs, use swipe to navigate between the different views. ...
8
votes
4answers
424 views

UX idiom for closing activity: X-icon vs up-button vs back button

We're launching a search activity when hitting the global search button (i.e. the hardware search key, if present, or a search icon in the Action Bar.) It should be noted here that the search activity ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

Android layout design for many menu options

What is the best way to go about designing an Android application that features quite a bit of formulas and conversions? I was thinking that multiple Activities with ListViews sort of like a tree with ...
4
votes
1answer
373 views

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 ...
4
votes
7answers
292 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
204 views

Android List Layout [closed]

I am trying to implement a "listview" style interface on Android, the layout should be like the image, that is each "row" of data in the list may have multiple subrows (?) Any suggestions on any ...
16
votes
4answers
1k views

Is there a better solution than breadcrumbs to cascading categories on mobile?

I am working on a mobile application (Android ICS based) where I need to show a lot of products on screen. Now the products are categorized in several categories which are on X level, where X is ...
2
votes
3answers
712 views

Android app - Look and feel

I'm developing my first app for Android. It's a small productivity app for smartphones and tablets. (I'm using Flash CS5 and Adobe Air to build it.) Is it recommended to use/copy the native Android ...
18
votes
2answers
756 views

Is swiping up/down better than swiping left/right for changing months on a calendar?

I have created a custom View to display a Calendar in Android. The display is always 1 month. I'm using a swipe to the sides to switch months. Now I have seen some other Apps (including the installed ...
1
vote
1answer
278 views

Android - Visually impactful representation of small but important data

I am building an app where lets say I have four to five very important terms, clicking which take me to separate activities. I want these terms to be visually impactful in what they convey and how ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
411 views

Context sensitive click/long click, yea or nay?

In an Android 2.1+ app I have a list of items belonging to categories. Clicking an item will perform a search for items in that item's category. Clicking a search result will repeat this action (i.e. ...
1
vote
2answers
399 views

What is the best model for Label and Value placement in Android Mobile device

This is one topic I always have debates on with my client. How to put labels and corresponding value for a mobile device running on Android OS. Google has not specified any best practice for the same ...
7
votes
2answers
333 views

Best pattern for posting to social networks

I have an app (RateBeer for Android) that allows users to post updates to the social network, like publishing a beer review, setting their current status, setting a star-rating or adding availability ...
2
votes
3answers
638 views

Why provide multiple resolutions for Android?

Since Android scales images, why do we need to provide anything but the highest resolution drawables? For example, if you only have ldpi images, devices that use mdpi will scale down images in the ...
6
votes
2answers
1k views

Multi Select hierarchy for Mobile Design

I am working on a native application which will user to select multiple level of a hierarchy and perform some filtering. So for example we have multiple level of category of products like Home Care > ...
5
votes
1answer
7k views

Standard image for the Android back\up button

Android UI guidelines http://developer.android.com/design/downloads/index.html provide a back button image download but the button appears to be a bit different from the one used in the action bar. ...
1
vote
1answer
270 views

Should I provide a “Forgot Password” option for a one-time sign in Android application?

Right now we are developing an android application for a website. In the web site there is this "Forgot Password" option. But should i have that option in my android application too?? Anyways i am ...
1
vote
3answers
1k views

Where to place an “add new record” item for a listview?

I'm working on an app that has a listview, and I need a way to add rows to the listview. The code is not a problem, but I'm just wondering if there is a convention or consistent android UI design for ...
3
votes
3answers
591 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
252 views

How to measure an app's usefulness?

That's the main question, but here is some background: We created an app whose goal is to make raw health data easy to understand for the average person. This health data includes statistics about ...
18
votes
2answers
8k views

Do spinner-based date pickers on iOS & Android detract from the user's experience?

Generally speaking, the rule of thumb on mobile devices is to follow the platform conventions, and that native controls are almost always better than custom UIs. However, I'm at a loss as to whether ...
4
votes
5answers
356 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
3k views

Android: Action bar vs. Toolbar, Spinner vs. Dropdown

Is there any distinction between the key functionality of Android controls: Action bar vs. Toolbar, Spinner vs. Dropdown. To me they seem to be the same and I wonder if there is a reason of ...
1
vote
2answers
584 views

Best Interface for a form in android

Which is the best way to design a form which contains 5-6 editable text fields to be entered by the user. Q1 Editable text box for answer1 Q2 Editable text box for answer2 Q3 Editable text box for ...
5
votes
2answers
938 views

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 ...
27
votes
1answer
6k views

How to handle pre-4.0 versions of Android when designing a layout?

I'm designing the UI for an Android app taking the Google User Interface guidelines into account for my Android 4.0 phone. The current concept looks like this: How would I go about supporting this ...
2
votes
1answer
715 views

Android - Is it a good idea to display a list of horizontally scrollable lists (shelves)?

The project I'm currently working on requires that I present a list of "shelves" to the user. These shelves need to be in a standard, vertically scrollable list, and each shelf should be scrollable ...
1
vote
1answer
77 views

Android download behavior

Is there a guideline for a download task on an Android? Let's say, user initiates an app download on an Android (not from Apps app but from a 3d party app). What are the expected control on a ...
1
vote
2answers
161 views

Organising vehicle categories screen?

Currently working on a taxi app and need to organise the vehicles into categories. The user will need to be able to quickly select their desired vehicle while showing passengers & luggage for each ...
7
votes
4answers
606 views

How many elements are too many for one screen of a mobile (iOS/Android) application?

Without scrolling, what would be the maximum amount of centered buttons I could arrange on a vertical axis before it became too cluttered? Interface Builder gives suggested distances between ...
6
votes
5answers
697 views

Should touch-screen simple informational dialogs have an OK button?

I am developing an android application which has quite a few dialogs that just contain text and an 'OK' button. Pressing the 'OK' button loses the dialog, as does pressing the 'back' button on the ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
660 views

Android's Action Bar visiblity

I need advice regarding Android's action bar usage. Do you think an action bar should always: a) remain visible on all screens of an application (except when the user choose to view for example a ...
6
votes
2answers
542 views

Should you use both the accelerometer and the touchscreen in a phone/tablet based game?

So I've been formulating an idea for a game the past few days. I don't want to get into too many details, but I mainly just wanted to ask about one aspect of the gameplay. OK, imagine a game where ...
4
votes
2answers
275 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
227 views

Are there any recent studies about tablet users behaviours and trends? [closed]

I am looking at studies about iPad and Android tablet behaviours and habits. Are there any difference between iPad and Android tablet users?
3
votes
2answers
346 views

Which UI element should I use to represent a sharing button on Android?

I am trying to create UI mockups for an Android app. I need something like this: I am using Justinmind prototyper free edition and I cannot find an UI element for the share button which produces ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

Android CheckBox is hard to tap

What are some good ways to make the CheckBox widget easier to tap in Android apps? In my app, both the CheckBox and the thing-behind-and-next-to-the-CheckBox are tappable, serving distinct functions. ...
1
vote
1answer
646 views

Large list with editable items in Android/IOS

I have a scenario where there are around 50 - 100 items in a list. Each list item has 6 editable fields (Boolean, Boolean, Dropdown, Integer , Float, Float). How can I display such a list in ...