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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Displaying a large data table in a mobile app

Does anyone have any suggestions for displaying a large data table in a mobile app? Some of the columns (the ones that are underlined) need to be able to be sorted when clicked. ...
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Representing how many you have with how many they want

I have a problem whereby we are asking a user for multiple items. This is in a gaming scenario and the game has lots of items. Each item is manufactured from other items and is only counted once it ...
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How to best enter long digits on a small touch device without using keyboard input

my current task is to create an user interface for a mobile strategy game. stuff can be transported from point a to point b. the user can select an amount of stuff between 1 and 1.000.000. it is ...
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How to solve overly deep hierarchy navigation on mobile device?

I’m reading Jakobs Nielsens new mobile usability book. There is an example of a mobile site that suffers from an overly deep hierarchy (5 levels in total) In the example users need to navigate through ...
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Overriding Default Behavior of Mobile Browsers

In desktop web development, a big user experience no-no is to create a behavior that is not native to the browser. Such as: Disabling the right-click mouse button Creating your own context menu Not ...
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How to provide good mobile phone number verification? [closed]

I'd like to know if there is a way to achieve a good user experience when a user's profile contains a mobile number which needs to be verified via SMS. The examples I have explored had the mobile ...
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Can you explain the Up button behaviour in Google Play

According to the official Android design guidelines, the Up button should take the user one level up in the app hierarchy: http://developer.android.com/design/patterns/navigation.html I have a ...
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Best practices for scrolling and navigation on touch interfaces: horizontal vs vertical

It's well known that on traditional (mouse/keyboard) interfaces horizontal scrolling goes against user expectations, however in touch devices the matter is not so clear. Are there any best practices, ...
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Are “beginner/advanced/expert grades user interface” within the same app common for modern iPhone/iPad apps?

One of my favorite PC games of all time is Birthright: The Gorgons alliance. It is a very deep and complicated game that had much more than many single player games at that time. For example, the ...
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when designing an app for both Android and iPhone, should the user interface be the same?

When designing a mobile app for use on both iPhone and Android, should you make the UI the same on both platforms? Why or why not? I have thought about this a bit. To some extent, this entails more ...
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Horizontal scrolling of a small area on a desktop website

It seems that a new design patterns is becoming more popular in mobile apps. If you look at the latest release of the App Store they use a horizontal swipe pattern in order to navigate through various ...
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What should an Android version of a multi-step modal view look like?

For an iOS app I'm working on, there is an important full-screen multi-step modal view used for certain key actions. The user is looking at a bunch of payees she can pay. She can tap a button to add ...
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Prototyping tool for mobile/tablet [closed]

Is there any interactive prototyping tool for creating low to high fidelity for tablets and mobile where the tool generates html output. I came across this tool(http://www.justinmind.com/) which ...
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Navigation on a desktop website targeting mobile-friendly users

More and more people are browsing the web primarily from their mobile devices; similarly, most young people use their phone as their main browsing device. I'm part of the generation who grew up with ...
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Combining Settings and About screens in a mobile web app

To have fewer buttons taking up screen space I'm putting "About" information like version number and whether the app is up to date at the bottom of my Settings screen. I've noticed that the Facebook ...
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Swipe direction for read document on iPad

Is there any recommendation about the direction of swipe for an app that allow user to read PDF documents? I mean if I have to chose is better the up/down or the left/right swipe? In my own ...
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where can I find an app styleguide?

I am creating a mobile styleguide that will make it easier for other departments to design apps similarly - not totally the same as in using the same template. Eg. using standard colors in jewels, ...
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Using different calls to action between platforms… Should cross-channel UX always be consistent? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is breaking established web conventions in order to be consistent across multiple devices an unexpected (and therefore harmful) user experience? I’ve always advocated ...
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How do I present on/off indicators without leading users to believe they are buttons?

We are in the process of designing a mobile application for an Android device. It is a requirement that we have indicators for whether a function is turned on or off across the top of the screen (e.g. ...
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What solutions are there for a date picker on a responsive website? [closed]

We're working on a website that is responsive. So my question is: What about datepickers. If we choose normal datepickers Jquery Mobile date pickers don't look good on the full blow template. And ...
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Mobile app considering ecology - is it possible to blend light green into calm scheme?

At workplace I was asked to design the interface for mobile application (for tablets and mobile phones). I'm not a professional designer so I got stuck already with the colour scheme. This ...
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What can be an alternative to tabs in an iphone or android application

What type of a design/design philosophy/gesture can be a good alternative to tabs in an iphone or an android application? Tabs are good and tell the user that there is another ...
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Indicate tappable area on mobile

I am creating a mobile application that can be used as a counter. This app would be implemented in full-touchscreen phones. Here is part of the screen: I want to indicate that users can either tap ...
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How can I indicate that images can be clicked on a mobile site?

I've created a mobile site with a portfolio page. On the desktop version, hovering the mouse over the images changes the mouse pointer to a finger indicating the image is hyperlinked. To try to get ...
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What control flow can replace vertical (or horizontal) scrolling lists?

Assume a list (timeline) like you have in a mobile app like Path, Google+ or Facebook. The list is heterogeneous, the list items may be photos links (expanded snippets) texts (status updates) and ...
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How to display a rotator / carousel in a responsive website when shown on a mobile

I'm working on a responsive wireframe and the desktop version has a feature area rotator. On the desktop site, it just has arrows and I worry that that will make navigating the rotator difficult on ...
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What are the conventions for how often a user should be asked to log into a mobile application?

Or put another way - is there a process for deciding how long a user's authenticated session should last?
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iPhone table view filter with multiple controls

Assume we have a real-estate iPhone app which shows a list of properties in a table view. I would like to offer the user the ability to filter the list according to about 6-7 different criteria. ...
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Using a virtual joystick for a game?

Many games for touchscreen mobile devices use virtual joysticks for movement. This has many issues: You can't see/feel where the joystick is pointing when you are using it. You can't feel where the ...
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What is the relation of the category/type of a mobile app to its color?

What is the correlation between an app's category (food and drink, social networking, financial, etc.) and the color scheme it uses? Are there any solid, researched-backed reasons behind choosing ...
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Is there a better solution than breadcrumbs to cascading categories on mobile?

I am working on a mobile application (Android ICS based) where I need to show a lot of products on screen. Now the products are categorized in several categories which are on X level, where X is ...
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Is swiping up/down better than swiping left/right for changing months on a calendar?

I have created a custom View to display a Calendar in Android. The display is always 1 month. I'm using a swipe to the sides to switch months. Now I have seen some other Apps (including the installed ...
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Inviting users to send crash reports instead of bad reviews

I'm developing an Android app and I'm planning to use ACRA - Application Crash Report for Android to get crash reports from users. It seems that a crash report has to survive to many user choices to ...
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What's the standard interaction pattern for bulk edit / delete actions on windows phones?

I'm looking for the standard pattern for windows phone for bulk actions like delete, archive or move. I mean, for example: How is the user supposed to delete multiple items at once. I couldn't find ...
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What is the best approach to labelling text input fields on smartphone application forms?

Platform: iOS. Must be able to run on all (probably most) iphone devices. As part of a smartphone application design, I am currently designing an "event creation" form, originally implemented in a ...
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Rating or Grading on touch devices (smartphones/tablets)

"tap to rate" vs "scroll to rate" There are apps and webapps that implement the "tap to rate" approach (display a number of stars, icons or grades and let the user tap on the desired value) and there ...
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Mobile search: Should variables be separated with a comma or space?

We run a financial site where visitors will be inserting multiple company codes in order in order to compare prices. Should we expect visitors to type. aaa, bbb, ccc (comma separated) aaa bbb ccc ...
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Android - Visually impactful representation of small but important data

I am building an app where lets say I have four to five very important terms, clicking which take me to separate activities. I want these terms to be visually impactful in what they convey and how ...
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Where can I find statistics on the use of mobile app features?

I am looking for academic research that investigates how frequently Set as wallpaper and Delete functions are used in image viewer applications on mobile devices (to defend their inclusion in a list ...
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How can we associate a generic app with a specific provider on first launch?

I'm creating a mobile application for a company that provides the software for car rental companies. The app will enable a user to book a car rental. This is where it gets tricky... There needs to ...
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how to subtly indicate that an address is “mappable” in a mobile app?

We're building an iPhone app for delivery drivers. Each driver has a route of about 50 locations, 10-15 of which get scheduled for each day's deliveries, depending on which location needs restocking. ...
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What are the “Big Three” Gestures in Mobile Development?

last week, our project manager mentioned that we needed to incorporate more of the "big 3" gestures in our mobile software. unfortunately, she's off on vacation now and none of us know what exactly ...
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Can I become a mobile ui designer without any IT background?

I am being encouraged to be a mobile UI designer by my hubby. I have 20 yrs of elementary teaching experience. How can I achieve it?
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Why did microsoft designers place an arrow at the right top of the windows phone home screen? What would be the UX logic?

I find it strange that there is so much space below the arrow mark at the top right of the windows mobile home screen. An entire column is kept blank. Is it a good design practice? What's the purpose ...
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When designing a website for mobile should I still use the mobile's interface button graphics

I am designing a site that will, at the moment, only have a mobile version. I was wondering if I should use the ux buttons and styles from a particular phone or just design with mobile design ...
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Psychology behind $0.99 for paid apps, but $1.00 for donation apps?

I've noticed a trend (at least on the Google Play store) of application prices ending in x.99, while 'donation' apps usually end on the dollar. I see the reasoning behind the psychology that makes a ...
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Shifting a view into inline-edit mode VS. dedicated edit screen?

I'm developing an iOS app, and I'm conflicted on which is the better UX choice to make. The main screen displays a nicely arranged carousel of objects, with just a few core details. The user can edit ...
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What's the best way to show you can scroll on mobile devices?

I'm trying to find the best method of showing users on mobile devices that they can scroll in a <div>. As iPhones/iPads don't have scrollbars, I will need an indicator to show that you can ...
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Multi Select hierarchy for Mobile Design

I am working on a native application which will user to select multiple level of a hierarchy and perform some filtering. So for example we have multiple level of category of products like Home Care > ...
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How should modal popups and tool tips be handled in responsive websites?

I am reviewing some website wireframes from a client and have decided to make the new site responsive. I've had pretty good luck so far with responsive theming and design from a few past projects and ...