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CAPTCHA on mobile: what are the alternatives?

From a UX perspective, CAPTCHA's are bad, bad, bad. But let's say we have this as a requirement. And it's for a hybrid app (compiled app, but built upon an HTML5 platform). I'm trying to find out: ...
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Most tapped areas on iPhone (by percentage)?

Is there a way to find out what are the most tapped areas on an iPhone screen, by percentage? Does the users tend to tap more the elements that are placed in the bottom part of the screen, because ...
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Should Android and iPhone UI be different?

I'm not completely new to developing apps, but I'm at a point where I'm trying to develop something and deploy it on several mobile platforms. To only concentrate on two major ones, suppose I'm ...
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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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Why does the iPhone calling screen have letters under the numbers?

The iPhone dialer has letters below the numbers. Why did Apple include them on this screen? In other phones it is used for T9 keyboard or contact search.
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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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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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iPhone/iPad: Do people use landscape mode?

I noticed that I nearly never use landscape mode except when I have to (apps with fixed orientation) or when watching videos. But of course I don't want to consult customers based on my own behavior. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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iPhone & Mobile Web: Pagination vs. Load more vs. Scrolling

We're working on a iPhone app and mobile website with search results loaded from the web. Several sorting options are available, every result has a photo. There are potentially hundreds of results. I ...
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What are Windows Phone 7 best practices ? [closed]

What are WP7 best practices ? Here are some sub-questions What are main differences between a good iPhone UI and a good WP7 UI ? For a cross-platform app, should we choose a look-likely UI or ...
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iOS Settings Standards: Using Checkbox Rather Than Switch

If you are familiar with iOS devices, you know that the settings application uses the UISwitch control to show that a parameter is enabled or disabled. This control appears as a toggle switch and even ...
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Always show logged in role/user?

For a new iPhone app, we're using "roles" in order to filter some of the app's functions. This role can be switched at all times. Now the question is: should I always show the current role in the UI, ...
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What user-friendly term should I use for a view that lives under a tab in a tab bar app?

My app uses a tab bar controller. In the user documentation, I'm not sure what name to use for a view that lives under a tab. For example, the app has a Settings tab. In the user documentation, I ...
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iPhone App: Tab Bar vs. Dashboard (aka Grid Navigation). Or both?

I'm working on an iPhone app (early stage) and we had some discussions on the best navigation system: Dashboard style (examples) This would be the home screen. What I like: Good feature overview; a ...
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User accessibility for mobile applications [closed]

I want to make my mobile web app, iPhone app, and Android app more accessible. What should I read first to learn about best practices for mobile accessibility? Are there any summaries of the ...
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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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What are the best practices of designing a validation message on an iPhone App?

I am working on designing an iPhone app and I need to know which validation message style is the most recommended for the forms included. I don't prefer to use a pop up window i need something that ...
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1answer
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In what situations would pagination be perferable over scrolling on the iPhone?

In the case of displaying blocks of text I know that the majority of applications on the iPhone support scrolling. Notable exceptions are ebook apps like iBooks and the Kindle app. Is the decision ...
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How to display indexes for UITableView in a complex list?

I have a UITableView of UITableViewStylePlain with sections titled as districts (neighborhoods) in New York City. I am struggling how to implement the indexes (quick "links" on the right). Should they ...
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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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When is the appropriate time to use the “i” icon in an app?

I am currently debating if: The "i" icon should only be used when the target page\view only displays additional information. (help text, credits, about, terms & conditions, etc.) The "i" icon ...
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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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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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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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Is swipe gesture in Mobile Application distracting users with vertical scroling page ?

Normally Vertical scrolling page that used with up-down gesture for Mobile Application to browse data but also have next page to browse too Example of Sitemap Categories (Table List of ...
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How to simplify an iPhone share screen?

After a user successfully performs an action - let's call it "Ramble" - I want to: Prompt them to help their friends in the system do the same action Encourage them to share (FB wall, Tweet, etc.) ...
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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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What is safe area / minimum distance for iPhone 4

What is safe area / minimum distance for iPhone 4 canvas?
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A/B testing for mobile apps? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to A/B test a published IOS and Android app on actual users? Is there any proper way and tool to do A/B testing in mobile apps to find the users' engagement and pain ...
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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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A workable tag auto-suggestion design for mobile devices

Over at Stack Exchange we (fairly) recently rolled out a mobile design for all of our sites. This was definitely a 1.0 attempt, and while I think it's a huge improvement over what we had (which was ...
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Rating control for iPhone world

Some time ago I implemented inline rating control for iPhone applications: It has configurable amount of stars (depends on the app) and optional clear button (at the most right). The control works ...
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Archive of iOS / android app icons?

In creating an iOS app icons, it'd be great to see if I'm getting too close to anything that is already out there... but is there any good way to check? I haven't come across any archives out there ...
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Account activation in mobile app

I'm designing iphone app which allows users to pay bills. To use this app the user should register and activate their account via e-mail. And here is the problem: Which model I have to choose for the ...
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Is this element using the correct affordance?

what do you guys think about this page http://apple.stackexchange.com/: The "active" button is highlighted in a way that looks like the iphone's drag button. So the first thing that comes to my ...
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Why do some custom iOS apps use the native nav bar?

I'm talking about Instagram or Foursquare, they are custom designed but still are using default themed menu bar for navigation. Is there some dirty secret behind it?
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What would this widget be called?

What is this control that is used to select an item in this screenshot called? This is also in the latest Facebook for Android update. What is it called?
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Show camera feature on iPhone when there is no camera?

In my iPhone app I have a root view with some options, one being a "Camera" option where you can take a photo to send to us. My question is should I either A: Show it "grayed out" or B: Not show it ...
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1answer
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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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1answer
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Should an iPhone application scroll to the top of a table when resorting

My application has a table view with a segmented control in a navigation bar. When the users taps a segment in the segmented control, the application fades the table into it's newly sorted state. The ...
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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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1answer
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Back Button Color in iOS

Why exactly is it that I'm not finding very many examples of a Back button being different color from the app background? Is there somekind of a rule in place? I proposed using a black Back button ...
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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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iPhone - popup dialog for user input: when it's worth using it?

I tried to ask this in another thread but, apperently, my scenario was covering the real question. So I try again here, addressing this specific issue. I noticed that, normally, popup dialogs in iOS ...
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Filtering and searching with UISearchBar on the iPhone?

For iPhone development, is there any UI/UX pattern I should be following with the UISearchBar to permit both filtering and searching? My use case is one screen were we display nearby in a UITableView ...