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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What's the best way to show you can scroll on mobile devices?

I'm trying to find the best method of showing users on mobile devices that they can scroll in a <div>. As iPhones/iPads don't have scrollbars, I will need an indicator to show that you can ...
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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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Why did Google opt-out of hardware buttons for Nexus devices?

Are there any real UX reasons to remove hardware buttons from Android Nexus devices? In above Nexus 4 the bottom part is wasted space - won't adding buttons like menu/back/home make it more ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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How do you show non-affordance?

There is a tendency to use badges or status images to show information, but very often these badges look like other items which you interact with, such as buttons. There is a lot of information on ...
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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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Any studies (or experience) regarding mobile device use and purchasing behavior?

I am presently trying to determine whether the creation of a mobile-friendly interface to an established retail site is worth prioritizing over other improvements; given that the present ...
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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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Why do mobile users give up on the mobile site and switch back to the full site instead?

Luke Wroblewski, in his book "Mobile First" second chapter "Constraints", talks about how users look for the mobile site to do everything that the desktop version does. It reminds me of my colleague ...
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Is it good to hide url bar from Mobile websites?

Is it good to hide url bar from Mobile websites? By default it shows. but there are some JavaScript tricks which can hide the bar on page load. but user can get back by dragging from top. For a ...
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Suggestions for a touch UI used to book seats on a bus

I am trying to design the layout for a Bus Ticket Booking App. User is allowed to choose the seats he wishes to book. Below is the layout provided to us. I am looking for some inspiration and ...
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Social network login or not?

I am developing a niche social networking iPhone app of my own. I was wondering if it would be best to allow the user to connect to social networks such as Facebook and Twitter to login to my app ...
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Uppercase for a mobile app

I'm designing a mobile application (android) that should be very simple and easy to use because the users are in motion and quick maneuvers that require concentration and have to record some data on ...
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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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Multi Select hierarchy for Mobile Design

I am working on a native application which will user to select multiple level of a hierarchy and perform some filtering. So for example we have multiple level of category of products like Home Care > ...
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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 ...
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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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One website for multiple client resolutions

I keep thinking that although creating a single website for multiple client resolutions or screen sizes might be hard work, it's far more maintainable than creating a separate website for each device ...
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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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Thoughts on mobile 'matrix' style navigation?

What I mean by 'matrix' style is something along the lines of But could potentially be a multi-page menu as well (accessed by swiping left or right). I feel these designs try to mimic the iOS ...
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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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Modifying images for mobile sites: scale them or cut them?

This is the first time I design a website that has a mobile version. This is the original size of the images (well, they are a little bit bigger): This is the size when they are displayed in ...
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Mobile navigation

A responsive approach has been taken to the current project I am working on. It is a corporate website with 3 levels of navigation. Attached is an example of the solution I have come up with for drop ...
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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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What do you call the screens/pages/interfaces within software?

Websites have pages. Does software? I'm mainly thinking of smartphone apps. 'Interface's is probably technically correct, but 'interface' could equally refer to sub-menu that appear within a given ...
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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'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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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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Should I build camera functionality into a photo sharing app or let the user use the device camera app they would already be familiar with?

I have been working on the idea I have for sort of another photo sharing app. Last few days, as I have been working on the part of it for taking photos in square format (like instagram) I started to ...
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What android UI control fits for selection of number in large range?

I'm working on a application for tracking body mass measurements. I need the user to be able to input a number representing body weight, whose magnitude ranges from 0.00 kg to normally 300.00 kg. The ...
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Coloring Schemes

I am very new to mobile programming...basically just starting to fiddle with it today. :) I remember a project I did back in school that surveyed people (at a mall lol) and I asked them which text ...
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Back button logic

The app works with some abstract items. Those can be shown in list or on map Bordered button in list leads to map view and vice versa, bordered button on map leads to list view. Everything ...
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Automatically redirecting to mobile app from home page?

We have an iPhone app that is our main focus. We have an informational website (3 pages). And we just created a mobile web version of the iPhone app for Android and other smartphone users. Our debate ...
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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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What's the standard interaction pattern for bulk edit / delete actions on windows phones?

I'm looking for the standard pattern for windows phone for bulk actions like delete, archive or move. I mean, for example: How is the user supposed to delete multiple items at once. I couldn't find ...
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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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How to simplify an iPhone share screen?

After a user successfully performs an action - let's call it "Ramble" - I want to: Prompt them to help their friends in the system do the same action Encourage them to share (FB wall, Tweet, etc.) ...
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Are click-to-edit fields appropriate for mobile UX?

I have used click to edit fields for a html5 application which makes it slick to use on a desktop but I am not sure how the click-to-edit fields would be perceived by mobile users. Would it be ...
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Menu tray + Back button on mobile: any reason why this shouldn't work?

I am trying to understand if there is any issue linked to the presence on the same interface of a menu-tray icon (top nav-bar) and a back button. This design will affect both iPad and iPhone. Is ...
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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?