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Android text truncation guideline

Is there are set of guidelines for the Android how the text should be truncated in the controls? Fading text, ellipsis, cut in the middle, etc.?
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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?
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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 ...
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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. ...
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How to categorize new threads in a mobile forum application?

I am planning to launch a new Forum/Chat app for Android/iPhone. The app requires users to specify a category before creating a new thread. How do I show and allow users to choose the thread category ...
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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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Social Media-List of users, Images, effectiveness

I am developing UI/UX for my mobile app which uses Social Networking. Currently It downloads names and events of friends, to do that I download list of user's friend from social networks, i.e. ...
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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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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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How to structure Android app navigation with many levels?

The app I'm working on is a little like a set of sub-apps within one app, so the structure is basically as follows. Note that the subsections are a mix of tools and content (i.e. this isn't an app ...
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Any prototyping tools have ice cream sandwich stencils yet? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What tools can I use to design for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)? I got a license for Axure but was dissapointed to find that Android stencils on there are from 1.6 ...
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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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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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Printable sketch templates for Android phones

Can you recommend a printable sketch template ("idea sheet"/6up) for Android phones? Preferably, the template should contain several real-size screens to sketch on. Here's what I'm using for ...
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Best way of representing Hierarchical data in android

I am trying to find out the best way of representing hierarchical data in android. There are no tree view controls and expandable list views dont work since i can have many levels of hierarchy. I ...
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Ads, when the user has no internet connection

I have an Android app which, in free version, has an ad block at the top of the screen. Of course users can see ads only if they're connected to internet. If they are not connected they get the same ...
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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 ...
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Android Explicit Save or Background Save?

My application has a interests page where the user can select which interests they wanted selected. It looks like an expandable listview with checkboxes. When the user first enters the page, the ...
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Two dropdowns in a dialog box (Android)

We have a pop dialog in our desktop solution where you need to select values from 2 dropdowns and click OK. Now I want a similar thing for our Android solution. I'm not sure because in case of ...
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Are there fixed names for patterns being used by Facebook, Android Market(famous apps)

Is there a fixed name for pattern like Facebook's current sliding dashboard style pattern, or the swiping tabs in Android Market
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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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Problem with avoiding right caret on Android

I am currently adapting an Android app to follow the design guidelines more and more. One thing I am doing is removing the right carets as suggested. While this works fine for listview where each ...
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Do I need to design four different apps for Android, iOS, smartphones, or have one common design?

I have to start designing for an app which will be used by Android & IOS users both on Smartphones and Tablets. Do I need to design four different apps or have one common design and then ...
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How can I display progress through a multi-step wise process to be carried out by user? (Smartphones / Tablets) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you indicate progress to users in a multi-step form? What is the best way to display progress in a multi-step process (for e.g. linear filling various forms) on ...
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Suggestions for a touch UI used to book seats on a bus

I am trying to design the layout for a Bus Ticket Booking App. User is allowed to choose the seats he wishes to book. Below is the layout provided to us. I am looking for some inspiration and ...
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Bus Ticket Booking Form - Mobile

While designing a Bus booking site - i was thinking on the number of inputs i will require for searching all the buses between two routes. The Web version contains these forms One Way/ Round Trip ...
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How to design mockups and prototypes for Android Apps? (free solutions / free for students) [closed]

Can you please suggest some free tools for drawing mockups for android apps. TIA:
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Are “submit” buttons important for forms on iPhone and Android apps?

When inputting text on the last text field in a form on an iPhone and Android app, the enter key can be highlighted or (on iOS anyway) renamed "done", so that tapping it will submit the form. ...
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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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Android back button - Global history back, or menu back?

On the Android, is the expected action of the back button to navigate backward through menus, or does it just go "back" to the previous screen you came from? I don't have an Android device to sample ...
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How do you indicate that a UI element affords sliding, without using an actual slider?

I'm designing an interface for an Android app that would allow the user to control the pitch, tempo, volume, etc. of some music playing in the background. Here's what I've sketched so far: I ...
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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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Do android users press the menu button?

I want to add a new function to my android application, but am a little bit confused in deciding where exactly to display the functionality. I can either show it as a button in the application or add ...
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What is an easier unlock pattern: gesture or code?

There are two popular ways to unlock a phone. iPhone makes you type in a numerical code. Android gives you the option to draw a gesture. Which of these two is easier to remember and easier to execute? ...
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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 ...