A software application designed to run on smartphones, tablet computers and other mobile devices.

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How to make a map obviously clickable?

Location based Q&A I am developing a location-based Q&A app. The main screen of the app features a map with a search box above it. When the user chooses a location, the "ask" button at the ...
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Should I force the user to enter an email before actually using a paid app?

I am working on an iPad app. It's in the medical field and the app will be sold for $99, which is kind of expensive! The client and the developer want to force the user to give his/her email address ...
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Should I empty the wrongly filled fields or leave as user has filled after validation message?

In our mobile applications (intended for Android and iOS platforms), we have fields that should be filled by users. If the user fills the field not in required format what should I do show the ...
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What cues can I use to nudge users away from setting extreme values on a slider?

I have a mobile photo app that allows users to adjust things like brightness, contrast and saturation via sliders. The default value for all sliders is the center position between two extremes. While ...
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Is there any evidence to back up the theory elderly people won't know how to use a smartphone?

I was discussing with my boss earlier and he mentioned that the app I am currently designing for iOS and Android will be used by elderly people. We then began to plan around the same old theory that ...
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Use of TWO hamburger menus in mobile app

I have a client who INSISTS on using TWO hamburger menus in their app: one in the top left, one in the top right. This is to basically mirror functionality from two related websites: one uses the left ...
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Is showing a loader inside a button on mobile a good practice?

On many apps the "loading" state is displayed inside a blank screen. I was considering having it directly inside the touched button but I wanted to know if it's something common. I don't have example ...
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Placeholder text vs. disabled text

I currently develop some forms in a desktop application. There is the idea to use placeholder texts in some input fields (edits) as known from HTML forms or touch systems like smartphones. But ...
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Is culture or language a stronger influence on UI design differences?

I read the article by Dan Grover on Chinese Mobile app UI trends and the differences compared to English or western mobile apps. The main list is provided below: Input is Hard Indeterminate Badges ...
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If guessing a display name, what kind of confirmation is needed?

In an iPhone app of mine, the user needs a display name, that appears for other users. I found out that I can guess a user's display name. In the mockup below I have guessed that it should be ...
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Notify in-app or device-level in an enterprise mobile app

User is suppose to use this app all day in the field while taking orders. Order could be saved offline (when network is not available) and saved on server when network is available again. If the data ...
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Location based screen, location unavailable

I am working on a section of my app that requires the users location to pull data from an API. Given a scenario where the location is unavailable to the app, what would you guys suggest? A couple of ...
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Should apps' design evolve according to the OS version?

In iOS 7, Apple revamped the whole OS's look and feel. Removing a lot of gloss and 3D stylistic elements. Does this mean that the apps built for iOS 7 must change as well to match this new style? ...
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Are click-to-edit fields appropriate for mobile UX?

I have used click to edit fields for a html5 application which makes it slick to use on a desktop but I am not sure how the click-to-edit fields would be perceived by mobile users. Would it be ...
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In a mobile app should input fields have a placeholder prompt or a label?

I'm designing an app that is crowd sourced and therefore needs to be as simple as possible to use. One of the big things about the app is that users can upload things themselves using an input form ...
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Why we don't have a Recycle Bin in mobile world

Why we don't have a recycle Bin options in the mobile world. Is that any specific reason for that ?
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How would you display hundreds of sports teams for a user to choose from?

I have been wrestling with this problem for a couple of days. I have hundreds of sports teams broken down by leagues and geographic locations. For example: English Premier League: Manchester ...
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Importance of colors in a mobile application?

I am software + hardware engineer who possibly does a same common job as others with a similar qualification. I am under the process of designing, developing and publishing a mobile application where ...
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Visually distinguish between build environments (dev, qa and production)

During the development of our mobile applications, they go through a development phase, a QA phase and are finally released into production. We create separate builds of the applications for each ...
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combining cards UI and buttons

I am designing a application for android and have decided to go with the cards theme for the visual design. reasons being, that the information being presented fits the cards format: short bursts of ...
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What is the best place to put form submission buttons in a mobile application?

It's the first time that i came across the design of a mobile-only UI app. I'm not experienced with it and i would like to know what is the best place to put form submission buttons in a mobile ...
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Why is it ok that apps don't respond to device orientation but webpages are expected to?

There are plenty of mobile apps that only work in a single orientation. Landscape (Garageband, lots of games), Portrait (Settings, Phone, Remote, App Store, Twitter, Facebook, lots of games) What ...
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Examples of online help for hands-on physical hardware components rather than software? [closed]

Almost all online help (OLH) "best practices" and solutions seem designed exclusively for software and assume that the tasks will be performed directly on a computer. Now, what about help for field ...
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Is it necessary to show the name of the application on the screen?

For a mobile application, should all views show the name of the application? On the one hand, we don't want the user to get lost, but on the other, it could just take up space. Is there a UI best ...
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Having the “Hamburger Menu” to the right, shouldn't menu items be right-aligned as well?

It's clear that the Hamburger Menu should be to the right of a native app and web application. At least our community concluded (through voting) on the question Hamburger menu icons - should they be ...
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How to make user understand differences in swipe actions

In an iOS application the user can swipe a card left or right and each has a different meaning. Swipe left skips the card and presents the next one. Swipe right spreads the content to other users. ...
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How does changing method of requesting reviews for mobile apps affect the ratings?

I am looking for statistics on how changing how you ask users to rate your mobile app can drastically change user ratings. Other questions have just asked for ways, pros or cons, but I am ...
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When to use cancel, done and back text buttons?

All the buttons mentioned in the title above have similar actions. They move the user back to the previous screen in mobile apps. What option is best to use consistently?
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What UI elements would improve my booking page? [closed]

I'm in the process of redeveloping a "request seat" page for a taxi sharing application that I am working on. Users can request a seat on a booking made by another user - this page allows them to view ...
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secure banking apps

A while ago my bank introduced an online banking app. This allowed me to quickly access my bank account and make payments right from my phone with the best experience. In order to gain access to the ...
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How to suggest sliding interaction on mobile app?

I'm helping a friend revamp a voting application. During vote creation we would like to let the user remove a proposition by sliding it to the left (rows 3 to 5 in the preview below). Update I ...
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Pros vs Cons of a vertical scrollbar on a smartphone UI (app)

Nowadays it's totally common to see mobile UIs without any visible scroll bars. But I'm wondering if there actually are benefits with adding a vertical scroll bar on a mobile UI and if these benefits ...
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How do you decide what features to include in an app? [closed]

I am working on a mobile app with a developer. We want to keep the app simple, but I am more interested in making it an enjoyable/easier experience for the user verses only providing the nuts and ...
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Should a sidebar containing options or properties be placed on the left or right in an app?

I'm writing a tasks app for Ubuntu Touch. In the home page, I have a list of projects in a sidebar on the left, with a list of tasks on the right: When a user clicks a task, he is taken to a page ...
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Welcome screen best practices: signup, login, or both?

When looking at a mobile app's welcome screen, there are generally two types of designs: - One that targets new users by prominently displaying the Signup option - One that targets existing users by ...
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Toast message or dialog message for displaying internet connection error message on application

We are designing a new android application. The app is in its initial stage of architectural design and UI definition. One of the main question is how to display internet connection error message, On ...
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Where to position Back and Home buttons?

When you watch tv on a tablet via an app, where do you put the "Back" icon and where do you put the "Home" button?
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Are there interface design principles that apply to mobile user hand/thumb positions?

Whilst on the train I observed a number of people with mobile devices but what was quite obvious is that no two person held their devices in the same way. On first thought it seemed rather surprising, ...
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Should the focus be set on the first field on a mobile app registration form on screen load?

Should I set the focus to the first field on a registration form when the screen loads? This means that the keyboard is then in view and will obscure the rest of the form from the user. The ...
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How do I minimize ambiguity with Drag-N'Drop for vertical lists?

Say I have two lists with List A positioned directly above List B (Requirement). Both lists allow Drag-N'-Drop re-ordering, initiated by "long-touching" an item. Auto-scroll functionality also ...
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Best way to show payment sites for in-app purchases in mobile phone apps

The other day I made a few purchases using a mobile phone app (Android). I used Paypal, but this could be applied to any payment gateway actually. Thing is, the application was just opening a ...
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How to ask for details to a poor reviewer?

Our company has an Android application online, able to be downloaded. We have a lot of daily downloads and reviews, and we currently have a pretty heavily maintained rate of 4.37/5 On the other hand, ...
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Dealing with clutter on user profile activity feeds

The below image represents a sample activity feed from a taxi booking mobile app that I'm working on. I've looked at several timeline examples on Pttrns website and came up with the following ...
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First launch tutorial - Stacked screenshots vs. overlayed bubbles?

When the user first launches our mobile application, we would like him to go through a few steps explaining the main features/controls of the interface. I see two possibilities: a series of stacked ...
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A calculator's modulo and percentage labels

I'm designing a UI for my calculator. I've got a modulo function and a percentage of function. I started with a "%" button for the modulo, but now I need something different that clearly says "This ...
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Rate Now, Remind Me Later, Never Remind Me Again

I'm creating a mobile app that would alert users on its initial startup to rate it and link to the App Store for a written review. From doing some research so far I've found two approaches that ...
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How to avoid a too cluttered UI on mobile devices?

One of the features of my mobile application, is the facility to request a seat on a journey. The user can view details about the journey, and then selects the "x sharing" link to pop down ...
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Using competitor solution and their comments for redesigning a UX proposal

I would like to get your opinion about a way that I recently used for UX proposal. I still do not know if that was the right way but the budget was so tight. What did i do? The business was about ...
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Will the concept of “Up button” still exist in Material design?

"Up button" concept is different from "Back button". In android design patterns it said we should not put "Back button" in apps. In Lollipop the "Up button" looks similar to the Back button (on ...
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Can I interrupt search if user taps other navigation element?

We are making a mobile news app. It has a menu with a search field inside. When the user starts searching, we show an overlay with a loading wheel to show that something is going on. If the user taps ...