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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Should we use ‘narrow and deep’ or ‘broad and shallow’ navigation pattern on mobile devices?

If we have a large content environment on a mobile device, we need some way to access that content with ease. One could implement a narrow and deep navigation pattern which gives the possibility for ...
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research: dark or light UI better outside

Has anyone done any studies or found any good research to see if a dark interface or a light interface is good for viewing outside on a mobile device? Does the color of the interface make a difference,...
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How to help users navigate a very long list on mobile

I recently came across SXSW's native apps on iPhone and Android. Both apps revolve around the conference's schedule. On the home-screen of both apps, you get the day's schedule, which is actually a v-...
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Is shaking a device to refresh an accepted behavior?

I have an app that displays downloaded information that is cached. I could use valuable space to include a button that is used to re-download the information, or I could simply add a "shake the device ...
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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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Do iOS / WP users recognize the Android share icon?

I've been assigned the task to add an icon / CTA to enable users to invite people to our application from their contact list. Due to width restriction, especially with localization, one of the ...
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What should be the maximum length of a page on Mobile Website?

What should be the maximum length of a page on Mobile Website? I'm making a website in which some pages are long because of lengthy articles. Should I divide long pages into multiple pages? Should I ...
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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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Icon for “More”, like more results [closed]

I need an intuitive icon which represents "more" ITEMS (or "more items like this") (or other "similar" items to this item). I have space constraints on the screen, so I can't exactly use a label.
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Should I have “read more” links in a responsive design?

I'm currently in the middle of a re-design for a mid-market newspaper's website, and for each article there's a "Continue reading story >>" link after the lede paragraph on topic pages and the home ...
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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 in ...
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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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Should mobile modal popups be movable?

As I see this answer from @JDB stating I hate it when a modal dialog appears asking me to confirm an action and the only way I can confirm that, yes, this is the record I want to delete, is to ...
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Should we include a “Back to top” button for mobile websites?

When building a mobile web site that needs to be accessible — do you consider it to be best practice to include a "Back to top" anchor link in a footer menu for long pages? I'm thinking about those ...
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Android List View - delete row button, delete selected button or delete from item click menu?

Android List view activity with item rows. User needs to be able delete some rows. I know standard way in Android is to use item click menu. But it's 2 clicks. Is it best way?
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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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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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Can a mobile application be made using a totally flat design?

In a current attempt at designing a mobile app using a "flat" design à la Windows Modern UI, I noticed that some aspects of the application feel weird to the average user. The main aspects here being ...
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Do icons need labels on mobile apps?

There have already been studies that prove labelling icons enhances usability on desktop applications. This is why Microsoft Outlook started labelling its icons. Does the same logic apply to ...
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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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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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Mobile App Back Button Placement

I am building a mobile application that uses a button to launch the navigation menu (much like the Path or Facebook interface). I also want to add a back button. The standard seems to be to place ...
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How to force user to select a location and not simply type it?

Let's suppose this simple form: So, the user is expected to enter the keywords of the meeting's full address. While typing, suggestions are displayed (autocomplete feature). Here's an example: ...
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File manager on a mobile device

I've termed the question "File manager" because it most closely relates to what I am looking for. This question is for a mobile web application but as it is a UX/UI design question any native app ...
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Date input on mobile devices

I am designing a web form optimised for touchscreen mobile browsers, one of those fields is a date of birth entry. On the web form it is currently split into 3 select boxes (one for day, month and ...
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What is the best way to get users to make an account? - Mobile App

What is the most user friendly way to get users to make an account in a mobile app? Is the best way to not allow the user to use the app before they create an account, or do you allow them to use the ...
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UX solution for data points display and other good tips for charts on mobile screens

I created a chart using wijmo5. (Click here to see the actual chart in action) The client wants and I quote, mouse-over / finger-press will show the exact data for that datapoint on the ...
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Should video always play full screen on cell phones?

This is a discussion of how to design a video website's UI based on a cell phone's features. I personally think that the UI should be based solely on the phone's screen size. A co-worker thinks that ...
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What UI design should I use for a smartphone app?

On desktop platforms, using the system's control styling, etc. is a very common practice and changing it ("theming") is usually looked down upon unless the application specifically calls for it (like ...
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Numeric input - alternatives to slider / text field for mobile game?

For our game the player's occasionally required to enter numbers. Sometimes it's the number of units to buy and in that case typically a number between 1 and 10,000, other times it's goods to buy, in ...
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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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Should I ask users to rate my app with pop-up window?

I have recently noticed some "high-profile" apps like facebook and twitter randomly displaying pop-up windows to get me to rate their app. Seems to be a fairly new trend...good idea?
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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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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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On Android, how do you design a very shallow navigation?

I need to create a simple account section in my mobile app with 1-level deep navigation: ___ Register / Account -- \___ Login On iPhone, I'm using a grouped table ...
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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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Forum - Threaded Messaging on Mobile

I need to display a threaded forum on Mobile. It's a fully fledged threaded forum where users can reply on any "reply". Currently I am displaying the forum in threaded order, but as it is a small ...
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Alternative to the tab bar (in iPhone app)

I have a project that has 8 different areas, e.g, travel, weather, etc. The front page is going to have 8 different icons; they will navigate to each section. I will then need something like a tab bar ...
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Should I have one unified design between mobile and desktop?

With a website I'm building, I'm wondering if I should combine the experiences between platforms together. For example, I'm wondering if I should keep this for both mobile and desktop. Here are some ...
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If all pages are linked in a menu, should a back button be provided?

If full navigation is provided for every page of a simple site, should there be a back button among its options? Example Scenario: A mobile website has 4 child pages, all accessible via navigation on ...
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Two buttons next to each other in a mobile navbar

I have a UX issue which would be simpler to solve if I had to buttons next to each other in the navbar for a mobile device. In the images below I'm referring to the buttons marked 1 and 2. 2 Will in ...
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Dealing with a node-edge-node view

I'm coding up a graph db style (neo4j) UI for a tablet and am wondering how best to implement the actions on nodes and edges. Actions: add / remove node link / unlink nodes (edge) other actions on ...
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Fixed/floating button on mobile app

We're developing a new mobile app for premium users. It is basically a content reading app. The content will be updated periodically; we have 3 fixed "topics". These topics are going to be updated ...
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App drawer - does side matter?

I designed an app and would like advice on the side drawer. You almost always see it placed on the left side of the app. Have there been any references or studies on what happens if it's placed on the ...
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What is the best way to ask/set language preferences without using text?

I'm working on a mobile application for learning foreign languages. In order to use the app the user must provide provide two pieces of information: tell us what language you want to learn tell us ...
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How can I represent multiple pins at the same location on a map?

I'm building a very small app that allows my users to post content to a map. The home screen of the app contains a map with all of the posts (as seen below). PROBLEMS 01 - if a user posts a post ...
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How to handle lots of legal text (40k words) on a webpage (also mobile)

I want to redesign the guideline (rulebook) page of my sport association. The problem is that its a legal document which contains a lot of text (around 41.000 words) with a lot of (sub)headlines and ...
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Is using a partialy shaded sandwich icon more effective the solid sandwich icons

After a sudden realization my mobile banking app that I had been using for 2 weeks had a side menu I started to think about how the sandwich icon is used to indicate a side menus existence. At ...
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Same gesture for multiple actions in a mobile app?

Say we are have a TODO list app. Our app has just one view for simplicity: 1. Left swipe shows menu on the right (similar to facebook chat on right) 2. Right swipe shows menu on the left (similar to ...
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Multilingual Mobile Application - How to implement language change

We're building a mobile application that will initially support English and German, perhaps more languages in the future. My question is what is the best way/most common practice to handle language ...