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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Are the Metro UI icons poor for usability?

While looking at Metro UI styles I thought about one of the unique aspects of the icons. Their placement inside circles. E.g. I can imagine that this provides a target like effect, emphasising the ...
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How do I handle secondary navigation within a wizard-style form that will work for touch screens?

I am working on redesigning the UI for a Web app that registers users for something work-related (so my audience is captive). One of the main reasons for the redesign is to make it mobile-friendly; I ...
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Tap, Double Tap, Long Press [closed]

What are some good general principles to keep in mind when designing and developing mobile application with touch interfaces?
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User friendly language for notifications?

What is the most user friendly way to notify an user that "The items in the rows needs to be re-arranged" What I have is Re-sequencing items required, press update button How can I make this ...
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Line breaks in form selections for mobile

I'm laying out a mobile site that has an awkward screen for security questions. There are 5 questions, each with an input field for answers, however the questions are all too long to be displayed in ...
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Mobile App: Data Update Notification

I have a mobile app that displays simple data for a large set of items. The entire database is downloaded to the device (<5MB) on first run but requires updates in between source code updates. ...
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Matrix question type in mobile

I am working on a tool for conducting surveys through the web. One of the most common question types is represented with a table, where the column and row headers form the question, and the rest of ...
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Sorting photos in mobile app

We're currently developing an app for posting classified ads where the user is able to upload up to 10 photos per ad (from camera or library). The app will be available for Android and iOS (with ...
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What is best practice for UX surveys of a mobile application?

I developed an Android application and I want to make a survey/questionaire about the usability, user interface, user experience etc. of my application to get some feedback from users. But I don't ...
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Custom rating slider

I have made a custom interface object to handle user rating in a take-away app I am currently building. But I am not sure if it's intuitive enough in its form. Q : Would you understand an object ...
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Is putting a toast in the lower part of the screen the optimal position?

On Android, a toast is a transient confirmation message appearing in the lower portion of the screen. Did Google consciously position the toast here for optimal usability? I want to port this toast ...
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Is using a house-shaped home icon deprecated? (for mobile)

I'm working on a mobile site and am wondering if a small icon in the shape of a house is sufficient to function as a "back to home" style link. This feels very "web 1995" but I still see it today and ...
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How many elements are too many for one screen of a mobile (iOS/Android) application?

Without scrolling, what would be the maximum amount of centered buttons I could arrange on a vertical axis before it became too cluttered? Interface Builder gives suggested distances between ...
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Need help Displaying an Elimination Chart on a small display (iPhone/Android/etc..)

I'm building an Application for mobile device that needs to display an Elimination Bracket for a tournament (16, 8, 4, 2, 1) I haven't seen any application doing something similar and I'm "jammed" ...
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Choosing the right resolution to target for the mobile web

I have problem with choosing the right pixel size to design for when sketching Mobile user interfaces. I'm designing a mobile web that can be opened by different mobile devices (iPhone, Blackberry, ...
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What should be the alternate of Hover on Mobile Devices? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: iPad/iPhone alternative for hover states Re-thinking “hover” functionality with touchscreens in mind We have our intranet application using the Megflyouts ...
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Pixel aspect ratio for multiple touch devices- Mobile Web

I'm working on a project involving multiple mobile and tablet web application designing. I'm curious what are the mobile design strategies when it comes to handling pixel aspect ratio for icons and ...
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What is the standard on displaying wide tables on mobile devices?

We need to display wide tables (10+ columns) on our new mobile website. Is the standard to: Scroll Horizontally without any indication that the visitor can scroll to the right (like Google Docs) ...
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How should a survey (Likert Scale) be presented in a mobile application?

I'm designing a mobile (phone/tablet) application where one of its primary uses will involve taking surveys. These surveys already exist on paper, and many of the questions make use of a Likert Scale. ...
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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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Documented guidelines for one-handed mobile phone interfaces

I'm trying to come up with user interface ideas for a mobile app that can be entirely used with your thumb while holding the phone with one hand. While I've looked at Apple's guidelines it doesn't ...
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Solution when I need small links on mobile optimised site for touch screen devices?

Im designing a mobile optimised site and I have a space issue. I need to have a bar graph showing availability by month. If I have this laid out horizontally as in my image I think its clear on a ...
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Best way to present navigation for mobile? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to structure Android app navigation with many levels? What is the best way to present navigation with around 3 levels of sub-categories for mobile? The problem is ...
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How to find examples of “mobile (usecases, user-stories, flowcharts, etc)”

My experience has been that paper prototypes are the fastest way to get mobile apps built. That said, I'm interested in getting more exposure to the thought process other UX professionals went ...
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Selecting a Range of Letters on a Mobile

I'm working on a game that teaches the alphabet. It runs on Android phones, currently (including tablets). One of the features I have in my settings screen is the ability to select which subset of the ...
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When are “hidden” usability improvements helpful vs. confusing/frustrating?

I just read an article about some bonus keys on the iPad's split keyboard. Obviously this seems like a great idea to prevent a usability issue from even happening. It seems like this could backfire ...
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Gathering end user feedback on a mobile device

I would like to be able to solicit feedback (comments, suggestions, etc) from end users within my mobile business applications. I would expect the feedback to range from "I really love/hate this" to ...
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Should sign up be available from both Mobile and web?

Let's say I have an iPhone application AND a website that works synergetically with the app. For example it might allow the user to manage the iPhone app's data. In this case how should the sign up ...
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How do I best communicate a (chat) status of “application installed on phone”?

I'm looking to communicate, to a chat user, that their chat partner is available in the meaning of "has installed a chat application on their smartphone". Marking the chat partner as "online" or ...
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How should I get location information in a website or mobile device?

I've created a website that stores location information for certain places: for example, basketball courts. I'm looking for a way to allow users to add location information (to the exact GPS ...
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Mobile: differentiating device-shake and touch-shake with sensible names

With mobile devices, there are (at least) 2 kinds of user actions that could be called "shake" Shaking the device itself Shaking some draggable item (à la Windows 7 shake-to-minimize-other-windows) ...
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Date range picker in mobile app

In my current project, I'd like to filter a list by a date range. I'm not sure how I should design the interface in such a way that it's as easy as possible to select a range. My first idea was to ...
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Classic website to Mobile website content mapping

When a visitor with a mobile device clicks on a link to www.website.com/product we can redirect them to m.website.com/product. This page has content and a layout best suited to smart phone users. ...
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What to include on an app's home page?

I'm creating my first Android application at work that shows state health rankings. It's very similar to this website: http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/. I have almost finished it, but I'm having ...
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What's the best “show navigation” icon for limited screen space

I read through the article and comments on "We need a standard show navigation icon for responsive web design" by Andy Clarke and it got me thinking about the subject and I'd like to hear your ...
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Evaluation / validation of paper mobile prototypes?

Is there a way to evaluate/validate your paper prototypes other than asking your user and explaining your design?
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What is the optimal layout for a mobile search form with a large number of fields?

I'm working on the layout for a search form that has approximately 8-10 fields. At this point, the search form fills nearly the entire viewport. My research has turned up general strategies for large ...
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Any prototyping tools have ice cream sandwich stencils yet? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What tools can I use to design for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)? I got a license for Axure but was dissapointed to find that Android stencils on there are from 1.6 ...
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Where we should keep primary navigation in a mobile website, especially on the Homepage?

1) Vertically On home page with logo and footer and then at bottom of each page see on iphone http://j.mp/qpbN1A 2) Or horizontally like desktop websites see on iphone http://stackoverflow.com ...
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What is the best interaction pattern for entering a range on a mobile phone?

I have a mobile application where I need to filter a list by a range. (Imagine a dating app where you want to filter people by age). How should one design the range picker? A person should be able to ...
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How to design identical UI for cross platform Mobile app?

One client wants to make a native apps for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and and Windows phone. But he wants to make the look of UI identical on all devices as much possible. 1) Is it technically ...
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Dashboard vs tabs on mobile UIs

Are there any particular guidelines about when to use tabs on a mobile interface as against yelp style category buttons(Dashboard) on the landing screen? Yelp style category buttons(Dashboard): ...
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Should an image carousel on a mobile site automatically rotate?

Or should the user have complete control? The intention is to have a slider/carousel that shows 6 or 7 images which the user can look through by clicking arrow buttons left or right. But the question ...
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Responsive Layouts: Can they respond to *on-screen* keyboards? (i.e. Tablet / Mobile keyboards)

This question is fairly simple, though I'm not sure the technology exists yet. I'm building a responsive version of a website to be optimized for use with a tablet device. This is one challenge ...
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Search Icon vs Search Input Box - Both Require One Click/Touch: Which to use?

I'm working on a mobile site of a rather large site. There are quite a few iA and navigation hurdles already, so I'm pushing to use a search icon instead of a traditional search input box. My ...
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Displaying Hierarchical Information in a Mobile App

trying to come up with a good way of presenting a hierarchy of information on a mobile device. Specifically, I wrote this Khan Academy app for Windows Phone: ...
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One charger for all cell phones

I'm sure you all have experienced the same problem. The scenario is simple. You have forgotten to take your cell phone's charger with you, and your phone is going to be turned off, because it lacks ...
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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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Do I need to design four different apps for Android, iOS, smartphones, or have one common design?

I have to start designing for an app which will be used by Android & IOS users both on Smartphones and Tablets. Do I need to design four different apps or have one common design and then ...
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Separate app for touch devices or one universal?

We have a web mapping application (front end is all Flex) that has been designed with the keyboard and mouse in mind. It is similar to a desktop based app, (think Photoshop) with toolbars, tables, ...