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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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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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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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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How to convey that an indicator is clickable

We made an app that analyzes your driving behavior and generates a score for it: One one of the screens you can see score circles in blue/orange/green/red (click to enlarge): When you click on one ...
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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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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 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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When is it appropriate to split functionality into separate apps?

I'm a designer and my company has a single app that serves two different types of user. One group is the general public, who uses the app to navigate big events (e.g. annual user group meeting ...
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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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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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Universal blog icon? [closed]

How do I tell users I'm referring them to a blog? This is within a mobile app. I realize it could be a Wordpress/Tumblr icon, but that's subject to the company's logo change and I was just wondering ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ergonomic trackpad+button layout for Smart TV remote control

I'm developing a remote control iOS app that will be used to control a web browser running within a smart TV and need some help. I'm interested in how I can place controls in such a way that it is ...
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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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Account activation in mobile app

I'm designing iphone app which allows users to pay bills. To use this app the user should register and activate their account via e-mail. And here is the problem: Which model I have to choose for the ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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What to display in mobile app web view when the URL won't load

I'm creating an app whose UI is simply a web browser that loads a URL. Let's not argue about why I'm implementing it this way (I already tried that with the higher-ups). It can still do the background ...
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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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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 ...