Questions relating to mobile computing devices, such as cell phones, tablets, and e-readers. Includes consideration for both small screen size as well as the mobile and "always on" nature of the devices.

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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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Reasonable webpage file size

What sort of file size is currently reasonable for a webpage? Considering a responsive design being served to both a desktop with a high-bandwidth connection and a slow connection mobile device.
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What is the generally accepted resolution for mobile design?

So, I am a week and a half into a new project, and I've been designing for a resolution of 320px * 480px. I am new to the game and I've just found out that that resolution is too small considering the ...
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How do you know if something was designed mobile first?

Now I read lot of articles about mobile first design, and I understood that it's the way of design for the mobile first. My question is, how do we know a website is designed with a mobile first ...
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Best practice for a desktop version dropdown hover menu to work on mobile?

I'll give my example as it explains exactly what I mean. We have a store that on the main menu has a "Shop" link that when hovered over, will display a dropdown menu of categories and subcategories. ...
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Icons vs. Dropdown for primary mobile navigation

I am working on a responsive design in which there are 5 selections in the primary navigation. I'm thinking because there are only 5 I could use icons instead of a dropdown for the primary navigation. ...
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Should you optimize mobile experiences based on individual handedness?

In abbood's question "How to implement a stack exchange style voting for mobile?" he answers his own question with the following mock-up: My immediate thought was that the up-vote control was on ...
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What's the best way to ask a user if they want to visit the Mobile site?

We currently have a very content heavy desktop site, and a mobile version of the site that only contains about 20% of all the content. Currently we have a server rule that redirects ALL mobile traffic ...
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Eye Travel vs. Touchability on Mobile

If we want a user to perform a certain action, we make it easiest for them to select that option compared to any other available option. For example, think of a pop-up ad, "Do you want to ...
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UI Options for Displaying Connected Apps / Managing App Connections

I am searching hard to find a nice way to show connections/interactions between various individual apps within an app store. This is important for two reasons: Certain apps exist mainly to ...
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What are the best practices for tooltips on mobile websites?

What are the best practices for tooltips on mobile websites? I'm designing the mobile version of a website for customers' accounts (where they can see their latest bill and settings for their ...
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Changing the language of a website

While travelling abroad, I often get pages on websites that are normally in English for me (e.g. images.google.com) served instead in whatever the local language is. The problem is that I can't read ...
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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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The myth of mobile context

I've touched on this in a couple of my other questions. I'd like to have a more direct question addressing this issue. Am I right in thinking "Desktop context" & "mobile context" no longer exists. ...
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How to visually indicate which pieces of information have changed

I work on a warehouse hand-scanner based GUI. It tells a user where to go, and which item to collect when they get there. When they scan the correct item, the screen changes, and indicates the next ...
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What does “mobile-first” mean?

So I've been trying to find a legitimate answer to this question for a couple days. I read an interview in Awwwards recent publication Trends Web and Mobile 2013 with the following answer in regards ...
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How to deal with recursive hierarchical tableviews?

There's a great function from the web that I want to reproduce in iOS and Android. I'm calling it a recursive tableview because I can't think of any other descriptive name. For example, in a shopping ...
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Mobile website text link

When developing a mobile or responsive website (for touch screens) making navigation links and other buttons larger to be easier to tap and avoid 'fat fingers' is a good idea. My question is what ...
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Heuristic evaluation by single reviewer - system complexity

I am performing a heuristic evaluation of mobile apps. My worry is, as a single reviewer I am not able to find more than ~35% of the problems - as Nielsen suggests. I am reviewing mobile apps. Does ...
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When to show a lock screen (iOS mobile app)

I'm part of a team working for a client on a business iPhone app that has an optional 'passcode lock' feature. One of the screens shows a list of saved items that may contain sensitive information. ...
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Sort lists on mobile

What's the best way to sort lists on mobile interfaces? I'm not talking about filtering (I read another conversation about that). I am talking about sorting in ascending and descending order. My ...
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Usability assesment methods for cross-platform mobile applications

I am new to usability testing. I want to do a usability study comparing multiple mobile applications that are made using different technologies - for example native, phonegap, appcelerator, etc. ...
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best way for a multiplayer lobby in a smartphone game

This is how it works now: At this time it is a web app and then: users choose an ID and a password, then create a new game, the server returns the code of the new game created, the other players ...
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loading new view from which direction ? L2R or R2L?

I've been developing mobile apps using sencha touch for quite a time now. In that, whenever a new view is to be loaded, default animation direction is from Right-to-Left. This can be seen in android ...
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Average price per night VS Total price

The context is a booking/holiday planning platform. A user can select a number of days he wants to book a good (hotel, vacation package ...) and a price for each offer has to be shown. Assuming that ...
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Would a responsive design work for a yelp-like site/service?

I'm in the process of developing a review/rating site similar in functionality to Yelp (but on a smaller scale) and I'm going with a Mobile-First approach, and was wondering if I should just make the ...
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What are we calling the 3 lines button in mobile apps? [duplicate]

This button is appearing in many mobile apps and has the function of displaying off-screen menus, whether from the top of the screen or the side. When writing tutorials for example, what is a ...
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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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Is there any good reason why I shouldn't make some mobile app parts sticky?

What are the downsides of making that part with column-chart sticky (Always positioned to the top even when bottom part is scrolled down)? Haven't met that kind of solution in any mobile app before. ...
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Side panel navigation default on or off

I'm designing a web app specifically for all tablet traffic. I'm going with the very popular left side panel navigation like youtube,fb etc. The icon to open/close the navigation is the standard icon ...
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Should viewport rotation be an option rather than a default on mobile devices?

Rotating a mobile device has unpredictable effects: Depending on OS and app rotating the device can have no effect, or it lays out the content to the new screen orientation, potentially showing a very ...
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Why do mobile video apps encourage taking short videos?

Recently there's been a rapid increase in the number of mobile video apps that limit their recording length. These are some popular examples: Vine - 6 seconds Viddy - 15 seconds Keek - 35 seconds ...
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Contact form on mobile vs. mailto: link?

I have decided to put a contact form in the footer for my portfolio site and opening the question up to include any site where the decision was to add a contact form on the desktop version... Would ...
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Is there really a content strategy just for mobile?

I've orded a book called 'Content Strategy for Mobile' which should be an interesting read however, surely if your content is good enough for your desktop site should the same not apply for mobile? ...
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Sending a Search Form on mobile - keypad and / or call to action button

say you have a modal view with a simple form and a cancel-option. as soon as the user selects a field the keypad shows up and usually provides a "Send" or "Search" Button to send the form. is it ok ...
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Responsive vs Full Mobile Solution… with a twist.

Most people see the pros of responsive design being one codebase with a variable visual layer via CSS media queries, and the pros of an adaptive, mobile specific site being able to use a mobile ...
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How well does Google Maps work in a responsive environment?

When a Google map is embedded within a responsive design page, how does it render the map when the page is being viewed as a mobile layout. In other words, when shrunken down to a mobile layout, does ...
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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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Are hover states necessary?

We're having a discussion in the UX department here at work as to whether or not hover states are necessary to a UI. We're kind of divided. Here are the two arguments: Against (started the ...
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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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Do “extended” batteries really affect user experience?

There're several companies out there that sell "extended" batteries for smartphones. For example, Nokia Lumia 820 standard battery has 1450 mAh capacity and the extended one has 1600 mAh capacity - 9% ...
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Is there any issues with approaching a website re-design from a mobile first perspective?

I've read the book Mobile First and agree with many of the points made. However, I still do not approach a project creating a set of mobile wireframes and then desktop. I still design the other way ...
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Teaching SMS sending procedure in mobile

We are working on an SMS based reporting project where the people with age 30-60 will be sending SMS reports. Apart from the complexity of the SMS structure, one of the major issues I have faced ...
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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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Carousel Menu on Mobile Device [closed]

So, I made this carousel menu as a second menu and using Jquery Mobile framework. This carousel is clickable and when i saw on some reference there's also swipe for touchscreen. Is my carousel ...
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Prefer buttons over text links when designing for mobile?

When designing for mobile, should one prefer buttons over text links whenever possible? I'm guessing buttons are better at encouraging tapping, whereas text links are increasingly becoming associated ...
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Should a form's style be left to the browser?

Instead of using CSS resets, I use Normalize.css, and I usually style an HTML form's containing elements such as input, label, textarea, etc. to the fullest extent. To make sure that the form's design ...
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Hangman game on mobile - Qwerty or alphabetical keyboard

I'm building a hangman game as part of a bigger mobile educational application. As you know for hangman you select letters and see if they are part of the word or sentence. I'm trying to decide if I ...
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Is there a way to simplify the input of a canadian postal code on a mobile form [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What’s the Best Interface for Entering Canadian Postal Codes on a Smartphone Keyboard? In Canada, postal code are structured that way A1A 1A1 A = Letters 1 = Numbers ...
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How to best indicate navigation menu on mobile

What's the best way to indicate the navigation menu on mobile devices? I see this three-bar icon being used a lot, but do users really understand what it means? Wouldn't a button simply saying ...