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 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, ...
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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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What's the point in electronic devices beeping on keypress?

Many electronic devices, mostly cell phones, by default beep on keypress. What's the point in that? Once a key is pressed their state is changed and that's reflected in the graphic interface anyway. ...
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The calculator app question: preventing users from entering illegal input

I know there are a number of ways to prevent users from entering illegal input: disabling buttons, showing warnings, and other solutions that fit the domain of the problem. However, the usual ...
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What are some articles talking about best practices and trends for mobile touch screen design? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any good resources about designing touch screen interfaces? Can someone direct me to either an article (e.g. Forrester) or texts that talk about touch screen ...
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Is it ok for a mobile site to be a limited subset of the full site?

I'm working on yet another time-tracking web application. This application has, next to the normal site, a mobile version. Now I wonder, is it ok for the mobile version to be a limited subset of the ...
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Bus Ticket Booking Form - Mobile

While designing a Bus booking site - i was thinking on the number of inputs i will require for searching all the buses between two routes. The Web version contains these forms One Way/ Round Trip ...
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How to format UI control screenshots so users don't think they're touchable?

I have a need in a touchscreen mobile app to show users a message that informs them about some system function that they should know might affect my app. As well as describing the issue, I want to use ...
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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 ...