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 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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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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Designing for mobile web browsers

What is the best approach for designing a web site to run across most all modern mobile web browsers? Is targeting WebKit based browsers enough?
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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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What is considered to be the best practice regarding making PDF files easily browse-able for mobile users?

What is considered to be the best practice regarding making PDF files easily browse-able for mobile users? Should PDFs be converted to responsive web pages whenever possible?
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Icons vs. Dropdown for primary mobile navigation

I am working on a responsive design in which there are 5 selections in the primary navigation. I'm thinking because there are only 5 I could use icons instead of a dropdown for the primary navigation. ...
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Swipe indicators on a small screen

My Android app has a screen that displays the details of an item selected from a list, as shown above. The screen allows the user to scroll to the next or previous item in the list by swiping ...
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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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Has user testing ever revealed that you have to change your app's UI colour?

Dark-themed UI colours have been popular for a while on certain desktop applications (Adobe Lightroom as an example), and seem to be popping up on mobile applications as well. I'm referring to the ...
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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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Spinner is to Android, as “____” is to iOS?

In Android, to make a selection from a list of predefined options, we'd use the Spinner element seen below. What is the best approach to replicating this on iOS? The iOS SDK offers pickers, segmented ...
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On Mobile Web, what's the best way to present Date of Birth form fields?

I am building a form for Mobile Web that requires users to enter in their DOB. What is the best way to present the date input field(s)? Some of the following options were identified in this question ...
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Is there any issues with approaching a website re-design from a mobile first perspective?

I've read the book Mobile First and agree with many of the points made. However, I still do not approach a project creating a set of mobile wireframes and then desktop. I still design the other way ...
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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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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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Checklist App (Process Documentation) Interface For Android Mobile Tablet & Phone

I'd like some help figuring out a good interface design for my app. It will be a checklist application, I guess somewhat similar to a todo list but instead of for things todo it is for documenting a ...
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Is “search” really used on blogs?

I'm working on a a blog (which includes a mobile version), and I am not sure how useful a "search" button / box would be - especially on the mobile version. I can think of how it could be useful, but ...
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Should I display timezone if the user is not in the same location as the event?

In a number of the apps I design, the relative time from now is the preferred time reference. E.g. 'last updated 10 mins ago'. When it comes to events or broadcast from a location this becomes less ...
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screen video capturing (usability test) on mobile

I'm trying to figure out how to conduct a usability test upon a handset device (smartphone). it seems there aren't many methods for screen video capturing of a user making use of an app. Do you know ...
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Are fixed mobile headers and footers that disappear and reappear on tap really useful?

These fixed mobile headers and footers disappear and reappear on click / tap using jQuery Mobile's data-tap-toggle which is on by default. How useful are they? Pro: More content is available when ...
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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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Changing the language of a website

While travelling abroad, I often get pages on websites that are normally in English for me (e.g. images.google.com) served instead in whatever the local language is. The problem is that I can't read ...
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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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Is switching to a selectbox navigation for mobile devices a good solution for complex menus?

An example of this functionality can be found in this site (shrink the browser viewport to see the selectbox navigation take over.) Is this a good practice? Wondering if anyone has any experience to ...
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Text entry methods for mobile devices

There are many ways to input text on different mobile devices: numeric keyboard (ordinary mobile phone) handwriting recognition (with stylus, e.g. MS Courier) physical qwerty keyboard (e.g. ...
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Nested tabs on landscape mobile. Best Practice

I have a problem organizing tabs on landscape mobile screen. Input: It's a game. Screen named "Inventory". User can own hundreds of items. All items can be grouped into 4 categories. There should ...
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Best practices for rollovers on mobile?

I noticed that most mobile browsers transform rollovers into touch/tap actions. This is good, but of course there's no indicator that the action is available to the user. So I was wondering what ...
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What a user friendly indoor navigation map should look like on mobile devices?

In 2014, Apple has undertaken an initiative to bring indoor navigation to iOS devices. It is expected that major venues, like airports,hospitals and museums will have indoor navigation at some point ...
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Why are icons on mobile phone menu screens square or rectangular but not circular?

If you take a look at the app page of any mobile OS, for example iOS, Android, Ubuntu, Win8, BADA, etc., they all have square icons, either with rounded corner or sharp corners (shown in the first ...
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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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Where can I find a list of names for mobile ui components?

Long ago when I was just a lad, I sat in my Votech computer programming class and learned Visual Basic. Visual Basic proved a wonderful primer for learning about UI components and their names. I ...
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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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What is a good color combination, visibility for outside use

I am designing the layout for a touchscreen for outside use, What are some good color combination to use that will be visible under the sun light for outside use? Maybe bright neon colors?
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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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Is there any good reason why I shouldn't make some mobile app parts sticky?

What are the downsides of making that part with column-chart sticky (Always positioned to the top even when bottom part is scrolled down)? Haven't met that kind of solution in any mobile app before. ...
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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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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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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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Tabbar inside Modal View - iPhone

Is it ok to have TabBar in Modal view in iOS UI (iPhone)? I have a "Select Contact" view in my app and I plan to make it as modal view. But "Select Contact" is a set of views: "Favourites", ...
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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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Suggested mobile approach to dual actions

Let's say that you have a list of books that you want to show in a mobile application. From that list you want someone to be able to either drill down to a chapter list, or go to a page showing book ...
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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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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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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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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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Is hiding the sidebar menu of a responsive site into a “page title accordion” a good idea?

I was looking for some elegant solutions to display a sidebar menu, and I found a few sites that use the same pattern: instead of moving the whole sidebar menu under the main content on smaller ...
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How to fit tiered comments on a small mobile screen?

Websites such as Reddit have tiered comments. In tiered comments, a response is indented one step past its parent comment. How can tiered comments be adapted for the mobile screen? I forsee the ...
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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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Should a self-guided tour app show the path taken by a user or just a pin for each visited place?

I'm in charge of development of a cross-platform, mobile device self-guided tour app using Google Maps. We have three options for showing users visited vs. unvisited locations: 1) Just show the ...
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User accessibility for mobile applications [closed]

I want to make my mobile web app, iPhone app, and Android app more accessible. What should I read first to learn about best practices for mobile accessibility? Are there any summaries of the ...