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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How do you indicate that a UI element affords sliding, without using an actual slider?

I'm designing an interface for an Android app that would allow the user to control the pitch, tempo, volume, etc. of some music playing in the background. Here's what I've sketched so far: I ...
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Social sign in while using mobile applications

The use of social sign on buttons to get people to log into web based applications is pretty common and has become quite a norm but I am wondering if the same logic could be extended to mobile ...
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Mobile Website: navigation at the bottom of the page with an anchor link at the top

On a mobile site I'll be putting the main navigation at the bottom of the page so that the main content is visible without having to scroll past lots of navigation options. (As per w3c ...
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Detail disclosure button for non-iOS devices

On iOS devices, Apple uses a Detail disclosure button for additional details that are aside from the main list navigation. The image below is taken from the iOS HIG. Another example of this can be ...
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In RTL locales, should mobile application animations be reversed?

In mobile applications, it's common to drill down with the new view animating in from the right. Going back results in the opposing animation (from the left). These are analogous to turning a page. ...
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How to present a feature in an iPhone app that is only available for certain locations

I am working on an iPhone app for a real estate client. We want to use a "look up by MLS number" feature that, due to MLS restrictions, will only be return results from the region in which the client ...
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Need for search button next to a search box on a mobile web site

Do you need a search button next to a search box on a mobile website? On the iPhone for example the Enter button appears next to the standard ios5 ui keyboard.
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Mobile: Suggested Dual-Action for settings

We currently have the problem of having a 'setting' needing to perform 3 different actions. See below: The circled setting needs to perform these 3 actions. (A)The user needs to quickly toggle the ...
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Are “About” views necessary in applications?

I am currently assisting in the development of an app for mobile and the web. Someone recently pointed out that we haven't discussed the "About" view yet. My first reaction was, "Do we need one?" An ...
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Will users scroll the autocomplete results on a mobile device?

I am working on search functionality for a mobile website. We are using a drop down list of smart auto complete suggestions so that the user won't have to type as much. In this case, a travel app, the ...
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Where would you put the 'take' button on a touchscreen phone camera app?

Imagine a simple camera app for a touch screen phone. The app can't use any hardware buttons and needs no other controls than one button to take the picture. Some things to consider/ideas: Phone ...
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How do you convert computer users to mobile users?

How do you convince your computer users to try out your mobile app? The problems I see are: Detection - There's no way to read people's minds and figure out what phone they use based off of what ...
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Tap to hover and double-tap to click?

One of the limitations in mobile design is the lack of any sort of hover state. This is especially problematic when it comes to tooltips. So why isn't the system one where: single tap = hover and ...
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A grid system (Photoshop/Pixelmator) for designing for the iPad

I am designing an iPad app, so I could really use a grid template. I could probably just work with the 960 grid system; however, I'd love to find a solution that is tailor-made for the purpose (that ...
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In mobile website when we use “Back” button then should it be always the titled as “Back”?

If we use Back button in website inner pages should we always use the text Back all the time or we should use the title of the last page. But title of last page can be longer than Back For example ...
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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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Is a fixed footer menu in a web app bad practice?

We are building a (non-native web app) that looks and behaves like a native iPhone app (using jQuery Mobile). Now the client wants a fixed footer menu which reduced the screen estate. Is a footer menu ...
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Alternative to “Hover For More Information” Controls

I don't like modal popups, because they force you to close them before you resume normal input -- and because they tend to dominate the screen. When I made Valence, I had a dilemma: where do I put ...
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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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What are some good resources for mobile form design?

I'm looking for some good resources on mobile form design. There seems to be a lot for web forms, and a lot of that translates well. But a lot translates poorly when you have restricted screen real ...
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How to present heavy data tables on smartphones?

Problem: I've got a table with 10 columns and ~100 rows. What is the best way to present these on small screens? My idea: effective search + data displayed row-by-row. Is there any better solution?
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What's the best terminology for switching from a mobile site to the “full” website?

I've seen links to switch to the "Classic" site or the "Standard" site and I was just wondering if anyone did any testing with this. I like the sound of "full" but I have nothing to back it up. Any ...
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Do you design/develop a site primarily for the laptop/desktop and think about mobile later?

Do you design/develop a site primarily for the laptop/desktop and think about mobile later, or do you design your website to be mobile and unmobile friendly, therefore cutting design/dev time in half? ...
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MeeGo-based Nokia N9 screen dimensions [closed]

What are the Nokia N9 screen dimensions? Is there a reference to human interface guidelines or available gestures?
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how to display long text on mobile website

I trying to display a 2 page long page in a mobile website, i tried text area option but the scroll bars are not getting displayed in iphone mobile web. What are the ways you can think of for ...
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What are some iPhone app examples that successfully use progress indicators [closed]

I am designing a iPhone app and the main function of the app is a 3 step process (steps most likely don't happen all at once (there could be a period of time between steps, unlike a signup flow). I ...
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Are there any survey tools that are optimized to render correctly on mobile devices? [closed]

My company would like to run a NPS survey off of our Mobile experience (app and website), are there any tools that will work well with mobile screens? We use Vovici, cvent and surveymonkey in house ...
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Are QR codes used? Alternatives?

I know that QR codes are used a lot in some cultures (e.g. Japan) but are there any statistics on world wide and/or country specific usage? To be honest, I've never seen anybody use a QR code where I ...
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Do users change settings in mobile apps?

I have just read this article and i am curious if users have this same behavior in mobile applications, i suspect so, but it is only based on intuition. Does anyone know of some public studies or ...
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Back Button Color in iOS

Why exactly is it that I'm not finding very many examples of a Back button being different color from the app background? Is there somekind of a rule in place? I proposed using a black Back button ...
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What are examples of mobile user profiles? [closed]

I'm working on a mobile application which needs a user profile page. I've tried to find mobile apps with user profiles (like the one in this site), but so far all of them have been read only. To ...
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tree-view for mobile devices

Is it a good idea to use tree-view UI structure in iPhone or other Mobile devices? (e.g. for file browsing etc.)
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In a Mobile Website if a Javascript can enhance UX but will make the page little slower to load, is it ok to do that?

In a Mobile Website if a JavaScript can enhance UX but will make the page little slower to load, is it ok to use javascript? Or we should always give preference to speed specially on mobile?
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Setting a giant grid of numbers on a mobile touchscreen device?

I'm trying to figure out a good way to present 96 configurable percentage values to mobile users. These percentages represent percents of a max lift (weightlifting), and they can be broken down by ...
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Ill behaved smartphones or snobby users?

I'm receiving emails and I'm seeing messages on some websites that say something like 'Posted from my [smartphone]'. I don't have a smartphone (yet), so I don't know if the message configuration is ...
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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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Usage of darker shade to show selected/focused button

Consider that I am creating an interface for a mobile app which shows a list of buttons on the main screen. I can move through the buttons using mobile keypad (feature phones) or screen touch (smart ...
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Why would a key icon not a padlock icon be used to indicate a device keypad is locked?

My cell phone when its keypad is locked (so that it ignores keypresses) displays a small picture of a key on the display. I find it rather confusing - IMO it should be a picture of a padlock which is ...
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Should we provide “back” button for mobile website?

In mobile website for all smartphones (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows phone 7), should I provide a "Back" button inside the webpage even when the browser has functionality to go to back? ...
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Is it good or bad for user to give a feel and look of native apps to Website for mobile?

Is it good or bad for user to give a feel and look of native apps to Website for mobile? Transition effects on page change Fixed floating footer or header Hide address bar Native app like UI or ...
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Tell mobile users that there is an app available

Some people come to my website with their phones or tablets. I would like to convert these web users to use my app instead. What would be the best practice to advertise the app? A modal popup. A ...
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A workable tag auto-suggestion design for mobile devices

Over at Stack Exchange we (fairly) recently rolled out a mobile design for all of our sites. This was definitely a 1.0 attempt, and while I think it's a huge improvement over what we had (which was ...
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Is swipe gesture in Mobile Application distracting users with vertical scroling page ?

Normally Vertical scrolling page that used with up-down gesture for Mobile Application to browse data but also have next page to browse too Example of Sitemap Categories (Table List of ...
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What are Windows Phone 7 best practices ? [closed]

What are WP7 best practices ? Here are some sub-questions What are main differences between a good iPhone UI and a good WP7 UI ? For a cross-platform app, should we choose a look-likely UI or ...
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title placement in mobile apps

What's best practice for placing page titles in mobile development? In jquerymobile it looks like header is great placement, however titles can be long (ecommerce products), and because they're ...
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Mobile Help overlays

We are looking at creating some help screens for a mobile application. These will guide novice users through the interactions required. My question is: when required to show some content on the ...
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Customizing iPhone app's navigation bar with custom typeface?

I'm currently designing my first iPhone application, and I've decided to go with a UI using the default UIKit controls, but customized with my own colors and textures. One area where I'm having ...
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Tips & resources for Mobile UX designer coming from Web UX

Mobile UX is a whole new world, specially apps. Over my past experience I got deeper & deeper into how browsers work & finally build an experience around it. I agree some fundamentals would ...
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Is A/B testing a worthwhile use of resources for the end user of a mobile app?

Web sites can enable A/B testing by serving a different page, for example. A mobile app would have to collect data and return it. As a matter of principle, is it okay to have software "phone home" ...
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How to choose colors wisely to work with Low brightness and contrast screens?

In Mobile Phone and Tablets to save battery many people (Including me) keep brightness and contrast low. And sometime it makes harder to read if color scheme is not good. So my question is how to ...