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Menu tray + Back button on mobile: any reason why this shouldn't work?

I am trying to understand if there is any issue linked to the presence on the same interface of a menu-tray icon (top nav-bar) and a back button. This design will affect both iPad and iPhone. Is ...
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How to A/B test a published IOS and Android app on actual users?

I've published several apps on IOS and Android adding flurry to measure the interaction that is happening in those apps, however, I'd love to enhance this interaction and make my apps more useful by ...
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iphone side navigation vs. tab bar navigation

when designing a mobile app, is there any 'rule of thumb' for when (and when not) to use a side navigation? (e.g.: ...
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Facebook Navigation - iPhone vs iPad

Facebook recently updated their iphone's navigation, to tabs at the bottom. I am curious as to why they did not also do this with their iPad app? I guess you don't see the bottom tabs very often on ...
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Long form in dialog for iOS iphone?

My current project is to translate an existing Android gingerbread style app design to an iOS7 iPhone design. The Android app utilizes various dialogs (such as the one here) with embedded forms. ...
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What would be the best actions to attach to an Android phone's buttons when I don't really need them?

I have developed an app that works on Android devices and iPhones. I went to great lengths to ensure that the interface is exactly the same on both systems. However, one significant difference that I ...
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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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Searching apps on smart phone home screen

I'm interested to know about the effectiveness of the search application on the iPhone home screen. For example, I have 4 screens of apps and it takes me a few seconds to find an application that I ...
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Hamburger Menu - is it a good thing? [closed]

I've always been doubtful about the "Hamburger menu" in iOS apps. That is, until recently. I now think it's a really terrible device that used as just a lazy way out when you can't think of where to ...
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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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Fitting big table of data into iPhone

Im designing iPhone 4 app, and one of the requirements is to place a big report there. So in Excel it looks like this: It has about 100 rows. I need to implement a filter by "Item Name" as well. ...
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Are new app designs deviating from conventional (better?) Interaction designs?

I am on the 3rd chapter of Joshua Clark's Tapworthy : Designing great iPhone apps And I was really taken aback by the first few pages. In these first few pages Joshua Discusses the "thumb hotspot" ...
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Why take user all the way to App store to rate an app?

Recently being annoyed by apps asking to rate them in the App store this question came to my mind . Though I am willing to rate the app I don't want to navigate to the app store and then wait for ...
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Use of tab bar and navigation bar in iPhone app

I'm developing an app that provides information about companies. I would like to have tab bar buttons for "Favorites" view and "Search" view. I also need tools for actions, for example in the ...
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Best way to divvy up screen space in pictorial article mobile app?

I'm working on an iPhone app that gives users access to image-heavy articles. We want to showcase the images--they're like the bread and butter of the app, so we're opting for a kind of scrolling ...
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iPhone button on screen with table view: last row or outside table?

I have a table view that's showing attributes of a record, very much like Edit Info screen in the iOS Contacts app. Also like that screen, I'd like to show a "Delete Record" button at the bottom. It ...
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How to display 5 plus horizontal tabs on mobile device

This is purely for a mobile website that must have horizontal tabs. The difficulty is that there could potentially be 5-7 tabs, with 5 being more likely. The text for each tab is long, which could ...
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What is the optimal snooze time for a task (mobile software)?

I'm developing a mobile application like the stock Reminders.app offered by Apple, and I'm deploying a "snooze" functionality for overdue tasks. I'm not sure what the optimal snooze time is or how to ...
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Constraining user actions in Maps API

I have an app which highly depends on maps. Should I allow the user to zoom in, pinch, and other things or should constraint it to only the current location. My application tracks the users location ...
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Migrating a Tab Bar iPhone app to iPad

I have an iPhone app whose overall UI is designed like this: That is, a tab bar and different app perspectives within each tab item, and you can navigate to different views from within a tab. I ...
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Best iPhone app design process

What is the best way to design an iPhone app? What do I do first. Is it best to do the following?... Do a paper wireframe? Do a digital wireframe (Adobe Illustrator)? Design the real thing (Adobe ...
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Which icon in a native iPhone app's footer menu bar resembles 'sign-in'? [closed]

I'm looking for an icon that will live in an iPhone's footer menu bar that resembled 'sign-in'.
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What UX Changes Needed For New iPhone 5 App Updates? [closed]

I am helping my team to update our iOS app to support retina display and iPhone 5. I've read little bit of Cocoa Auto Layout, and other pages from developer.apple.com. But my question is, if I ...
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Is it acceptable/good UX to use ios Segmented Control as a radio control?

I'm an ios developer by profession and was told of by a UX Architect for suggesting the use of the ios Segmented Control as a group of radio buttons. We have to present a mutually exclusive choice ...
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Long press on Android and iOs for Multi-touch apps? [duplicate]

Can it be used the long press? How can we assume the users know it?
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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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Mobile navigation

A responsive approach has been taken to the current project I am working on. It is a corporate website with 3 levels of navigation. Attached is an example of the solution I have come up with for drop ...
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Why do my / sent text messages appear on the right of the dialogue?

When I read another thread why text messages on the iphone aren't displayed at the full width the following question came to my mind: Why do my text messages appear on the right and not on the left ...
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Tabbar inside Modal View - iPhone

Is it ok to have TabBar in Modal view in iOS UI (iPhone)? I have a "Select Contact" view in my app and I plan to make it as modal view. But "Select Contact" is a set of views: "Favourites", ...
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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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What is the preferred way to toggle fullscreen vs fullscreen with panels on iPhone/iPad?

I have a full screen iPad app that deals with graphics. The user has full screen as canvas, with extra controls added along the bottom and right side of the screen. I'm looking for an intuitive way ...
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Can I change the bottom navigation bar in an iOS app?

I have an application with three tabs on the bottom, as shown, that each bring up their own view within the scope of the 'main' part of the app, BUT, if I want to have separate but similar lists ...
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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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Is there any user experience benefit of having a patterned background in iPhone apps?

In your experience, do users of iPhone apps enjoy using an app with a "cool special background", like the one below, or do patterned backgrounds distract from the overall point of the app? I've seen ...
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Any UX logic for the background colors of iPhone text messages? [closed]

Is there any reasons why the background of iPhone (iOS) text messages is gray (for messages sent from others) and green (sent by myself)?
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Encourage users to tap the “review” button

How to layout an Info screen, so as many as possible are tempted to tap the "review" button? I wish users would tap the "review" button and write a long positive review on the app store where they ...
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How to edit only one list in a split list view?

I'm helping out developing an iPhone app that enables access to a lot of list items of data. On the start screen, the user can dig into the list items through either predefined category shortcuts or ...
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How to show the mandatory fields on an iOS device?

I have to show more than 11 fields within the screen. 4 fields are mandatory. How should I indicate the mandatory fields? Is there any standard or any ideas?
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Back button on iPhone

There is an opinion that in iPhone apps, there's no point in placing the Back button on screens that are directly accessible via the main navigation menu (at the bottom) - because the button just ...
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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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Map with tappable neighborhoods vs. list of neighborhoods in iPhone app

I'm designing an iPhone app which gives users the option to filter by neighborhoods and I'm considering giving users the option to select neighborhoods from a list as well as by tapping on ...
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'X'-close button on iPhone

The default way of dismissing views in iOS is with Cancel or Done. However in this view I think Cancel uses to much space, which is better given to the search bar. What is your opinion? Is using X ...
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How to best show connectivity

I am writing an app which heavily depends on having a connection to the host. The app works fine with no connection it just doesn't send anything up or down. Because it's a business type app the ...
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Is there a standard iPhone way of displaying an actionless confirmation message?

Sometimes it's desirable to display an important confirmation message (e.g. you've successfully registered/sent this form/etc) that doesn't get in the way by requiring a "dimiss" button. Is there a ...
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When to use the Back button vs. Cancel/Done on iPhone

I noticed that in some cases Apple uses Cancel / Done buttons, and in others there's only the the Back button. In Calendar, for example, when you choose how often an event should repeat, you have ...
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How to display points of interest, waypoints, trails and maps?

I am redesigning a screen in my iPhone app, Gaia GPS, that displays details about points of interest, as well as user-created waypoints, trails, and maps. I have come up with a new mockup: What is ...
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When should a mobile app have only one orientation?

Under what circumstances should a mobile app only have one orientation? That is, when you flip your phone landscape or portrait, the view does not adjust. Why did the following two iPhone apps force ...
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Why aren't iPhone text messages at full width?

Why aren't text messages viewed on the iPhone iOS displayed at full width? I can think of several reasons why it would make sense: Short messages won't have unnecessary line breaks, long text ...
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Is it bad UX to switch tabs automatically in an iPhone app?

I'm working on an app that allows users to buy tickets for events, one tab will have an event search and a second will provide a way of getting to the basket (there are others in addition to those). ...
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Best ios alternative for an html select box?

An app I'm working on requires the user to enter their address which is then stored on a 3rd party system. The 3rd party has a predefined list of countries and states so when I send off the address I ...