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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How familiar are users with context menus on Android phones?

We are designing a commercial app for Android. Part of the solution has a list of items that has a number of context actions. Initially there were only 3 actions that were put on the action bar. But a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Buttons placement convention in Android

Is there any convention of placing positive buttons on the right and negative on the left in Android. I know for dialog boxes this is preferred as opposed to this because its more intuitive But ...
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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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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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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 ...