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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Reasonable webpage file size

What sort of file size is currently reasonable for a webpage? Considering a responsive design being served to both a desktop with a high-bandwidth connection and a slow connection mobile device.
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Representing how many you have with how many they want

I have a problem whereby we are asking a user for multiple items. This is in a gaming scenario and the game has lots of items. Each item is manufactured from other items and is only counted once it ...
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How to solve overly deep hierarchy navigation on mobile device?

I’m reading Jakobs Nielsens new mobile usability book. There is an example of a mobile site that suffers from an overly deep hierarchy (5 levels in total) In the example users need to navigate through ...
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Best way to select quantity of items for an eCommerce mobile application?

I'm designing an e-commerce app, and I'm looking for some options for the best way to select the quantity of an item before adding to the cart The first (on the left) is when the user selects the ...
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Can I test different devices when I'll only have a sample of around 10 participants?

I'm going to be testing a way for students at the University of Leicester to print wirelessly to our printers from their own mobile device (could be smartphone, laptop, tablet etc.) There are two ...
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How should hamburger menu open in mobile apps?

I have seen many mobile apps which currently use hamburger menu as sidebar menu as it is very convenient and user friendly. Now, we have started to use it in our mobile apps design and it is very ...
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Are modals usable on smartphones, or is there a better alternative?

I want to make a simple popover (or modal) that allows a user to subscribe to a newsletter (of course only when a user clicks on "subscribe to newsletter", I don't want to be obnoxious). It'll be a ...
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Is Tab Bar based iOS Design for feed driven apps a better UX?

Working on a feed driven iOS application and wondering peoples thoughts on Tab Bar driven iOS design for feed based apps. There is a large amount of evidence that supports the well integrated use of ...
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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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Two panel multi select on mobile

I'm trying to develop a system where users can add financial symbols to activities, almost as you would tags to a blog post. The user should be able to easily add or remove symbols. They can add as ...
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Are there any conventions for mobile behavior when swiping left/right?

I'm working on a new platform for mobile. In this platform, the gesture of swiping left (from right to left) acts differently in different contexts. On an object (a rectangle with details) it opens ...
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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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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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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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When is using haptic feedback for button presses a good idea?

I've noticed that on Android phones only some button presses result in haptic feedback. For example, pressing any of the 3 main buttons (Back, Home, Multitask) will cause the phone to vibrate. So does ...
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What are the conventions for how often a user should be asked to log into a mobile application?

Or put another way - is there a process for deciding how long a user's authenticated session should last?
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Where can I find statistics on the use of mobile app features?

I am looking for academic research that investigates how frequently Set as wallpaper and Delete functions are used in image viewer applications on mobile devices (to defend their inclusion in a list ...
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Mobile Site Footer Location

I am developing a full on RWD with a very small footer. Footer contains only couple links which are orphan pages (FAQs, etc). Our main target users will be accessing the site using iPhones (mostly), ...
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How to visually indicate which pieces of information have changed

I work on a warehouse hand-scanner based GUI. It tells a user where to go, and which item to collect when they get there. When they scan the correct item, the screen changes, and indicates the next ...
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Designing a Checklist with 3 possible results (for mobile)

i´m working on a App for mobile devices (starting from smartphones with 800x480 res. till tablets 1280x800res). The app provides the function for checking tools of technicians in a workshop. The app ...
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How to display a connected boxes with inputs and outputs in a smartphone?

Imagine the concept of a black box, that can have inputs and outputs. A box can connect with other boxes. We have something like this: Now imagine a smartphone. "Ok, this guy is crazy." You ...
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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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Why aren't iPhone text messages at full width?

Why aren't text messages viewed on the iPhone iOS displayed at full width? I can think of several reasons why it would make sense: Short messages won't have unnecessary line breaks, long text ...
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Is there really a content strategy just for mobile?

I've orded a book called 'Content Strategy for Mobile' which should be an interesting read however, surely if your content is good enough for your desktop site should the same not apply for mobile? ...
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Alternative to the tab bar (in iPhone app)

I have a project that has 8 different areas, e.g, travel, weather, etc. The front page is going to have 8 different icons; they will navigate to each section. I will then need something like a tab bar ...
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Is a back button a good idea for mobile?

Is a back button a good idea for mobile? (Disregard breadcrumbs on mobile in the image - those are addressed here Breadcrumbs: OK to use on mobile site?)
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What is best practice for UX surveys of a mobile application?

I developed an Android application and I want to make a survey/questionaire about the usability, user interface, user experience etc. of my application to get some feedback from users. But I don't ...
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What can be an alternative to tabs in an iphone or android application

What type of a design/design philosophy/gesture can be a good alternative to tabs in an iphone or an android application? Tabs are good and tell the user that there is another ...
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Confirmation in rescue system app

we are currently working on alarm system for firefighting groups. Basic action of our app is that you can confirm your contribution in rescue action, or you can deny it. This is basic view of it: I ...
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29 checkbox on a screen of a mobile app

I have a strange challenge of showing 29 multiple select options as part of a question which user needs to answer in a mobile web app for Android and iPhone. Does anyone has had a similar problem ...
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For mobile apps, is it “best” to load data before transitioning screens?

In a mobile application you almost always make some sort of api call to fetch data to populate view elements on a screen. Say I am on a home screen (screen A) and want to transition to a profile ...
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If an iPhone can't use it, is it bad UI?

Question: If an iPhone user has trouble using a website, does that mean the UI is intrinsically bad? Examples of trouble: Here are some examples of where a website can give users trouble when ...
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Having the “Hamburger Menu” to the right, shouldn't menu items be right-aligned as well?

It's clear that the Hamburger Menu should be to the right of a native app and web application. At least our community concluded (through voting) on the question Hamburger menu icons - should they be ...
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Another way of doing multi-select on mobile other than check boxes?

I saw a similar question asked but it wasn't exactly the same. On mobile check boxes feel rather fiddly and to be fair on my search around the web I haven't seen checkboxes commonly used on mobile ...
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Side panel navigation default on or off

I'm designing a web app specifically for all tablet traffic. I'm going with the very popular left side panel navigation like youtube,fb etc. The icon to open/close the navigation is the standard icon ...
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Ipad/Iphone designing in Full-Screen vs Non-Full-Screen?

I've noticed that most games are in full screen mode and some Apps have taken this on in design. Is there any research or argument for having an App in Full-Screen vs Non-Full-Screen? The only ...
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How to display a rotator / carousel in a responsive website when shown on a mobile

I'm working on a responsive wireframe and the desktop version has a feature area rotator. On the desktop site, it just has arrows and I worry that that will make navigating the rotator difficult on ...
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How do left-handed people hold smartphones?

Is it with their left hand, using its thumb to tap UI elements? Or do they use their right hand like right-handed people? Is there any research into this matter with published numbers?
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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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Date input on mobile devices

I am designing a web form optimised for touchscreen mobile browsers, one of those fields is a date of birth entry. On the web form it is currently split into 3 select boxes (one for day, month and ...
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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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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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Phone or Tablet mockups: chicken or the egg?

What form factor should we start with, when the boss asks for "mobile" wireframes? Should we choose phone, full-sized tablet, or "mini" tablet - and why? I am finding the Nexus 7 a good starting ...
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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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Why are alert/confirm dialogs bad for mobile web?

I'm currently working on a mobile web app with external designers, but we (the developers) are allowed some input. They keep wanting to add alert and confirmation dialogs for things like form ...
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How to display 5 plus horizontal tabs on mobile device

This is purely for a mobile website that must have horizontal tabs. The difficulty is that there could potentially be 5-7 tabs, with 5 being more likely. The text for each tab is long, which could ...
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Clear selection in Android

When using standard Android apps (like Gmail) which have multiple items to select, a contextual action bar (CAB) comes up showing a checkmark (tick) and some other information (such as "3 selected"). ...
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How do you know if something was designed mobile first?

Now I read lot of articles about mobile first design, and I understood that it's the way of design for the mobile first. My question is, how do we know a website is designed with a mobile first ...
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Essential input elements of a gui toolkit

I am in a process of designing a new toolkit for mobile devices (as a part of my Master's thesis). I would like to know if there is some theoretical backgroud (researches, books, tutorials, etc...) to ...
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Navigation on a desktop website targeting mobile-friendly users

More and more people are browsing the web primarily from their mobile devices; similarly, most young people use their phone as their main browsing device. I'm part of the generation who grew up with ...