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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rectangles Vs rounded corners of text fields on mobile

Do you think there is a difference in perceiving text fields which have round\rectangle corners ? My goal is to establish a convention that round corners are fields which the user can enter input and ...
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How do I present on/off indicators without leading users to believe they are buttons?

We are in the process of designing a mobile application for an Android device. It is a requirement that we have indicators for whether a function is turned on or off across the top of the screen (e.g. ...
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Why do we need a friend/follower count?

I am working on a mobile app that will have a friends and follower feature. Should a user's profile page display how many friends they have and how many people are following them? What advantages ...
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Long select dropdowns

I'm working on a responsive landing page where users arrive after clicking on online ad. On the form, users need to select a location (105 possible) at which they would like their service. ...
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How do I link people back to the mobile site from the full site?

I have a full site and the mobile site is set to launch pretty soon. I am autodetecting if the user is on a mobile and redirecting them to the mobile site automatically. I will have a link in the ...
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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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File manager on a mobile device

I've termed the question "File manager" because it most closely relates to what I am looking for. This question is for a mobile web application but as it is a UX/UI design question any native app ...
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How to do a mobile field test?

The Smartphone have become a part of our daily life. Users are always online and use their Smartphone in very different environments. Smartphones are sometimes used in a calm, not distracting ...
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What is the optimal load time for a website before users abandon a mobile application or website?

Obviously the goal is for an application to load almost instantly but I am curious as to what the average time would be before users perceive an application or website as "too slow". So, I'm curious ...
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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 would you display hundreds of sports teams for a user to choose from?

I have been wrestling with this problem for a couple of days. I have hundreds of sports teams broken down by leagues and geographic locations. For example: English Premier League: Manchester ...
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What's the best way to ask a user if they want to visit the Mobile site?

We currently have a very content heavy desktop site, and a mobile version of the site that only contains about 20% of all the content. Currently we have a server rule that redirects ALL mobile traffic ...
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What is the standard on displaying wide tables on mobile devices?

We need to display wide tables (10+ columns) on our new mobile website. Is the standard to: Scroll Horizontally without any indication that the visitor can scroll to the right (like Google Docs) ...
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On Android, how do you design a very shallow navigation?

I need to create a simple account section in my mobile app with 1-level deep navigation: ___ Register / Account -- \___ Login On iPhone, I'm using a grouped table ...
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What should I use as an alternative to overlays for exposing inline information on a mobile website?

In my opinion overlays are not a good experience on mobile. But let's say you have a form, and certain fields might need clarification, how can I go about presenting this without using an overlay? I ...
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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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Integrate a QR code scanner in my Android app or call one via Intents?

For my current project I need to integratie QR code scanning in my app (which will be available for both Android and iOS). The QR code contains info that sets up the app for the rest of use case. For ...
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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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Indicate tappable area on mobile

I am creating a mobile application that can be used as a counter. This app would be implemented in full-touchscreen phones. Here is part of the screen: I want to indicate that users can either tap ...
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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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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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Documented guidelines for one-handed mobile phone interfaces

I'm trying to come up with user interface ideas for a mobile app that can be entirely used with your thumb while holding the phone with one hand. While I've looked at Apple's guidelines it doesn't ...
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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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Is there a better way to represent a hierarchical user selector for mobile?

We have a hierarchical user tree that allows users to drill down to each level below them and at any point switch any branch in the tree. This doesn't exactly translate so well to mobile devices. ...
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How do you share app specific content?

I'm looking to find out how best to share app specific content. I'm creating a news app which includes polls at the bottom of the article. I'd like the ability to share the poll but I'm wondering ...
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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 we calling the 3 lines button in mobile apps? [duplicate]

This button is appearing in many mobile apps and has the function of displaying off-screen menus, whether from the top of the screen or the side. When writing tutorials for example, what is a ...
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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 Input: Numbers and Letters

First some context, I'm building an application that will be used by professionals working on cars. Each time they do this they are required to fill out a form, the goal of our mobile app is do to ...
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Compare engagement of different push mediums

We're wondering if there's research on the engagement levels of different push mediums, i.e. CTR's of email vs. iOS notifications vs. android notifications vs. etc. Had a google, and a search here, ...
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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 any underlying rule/paradigm for UI that prefers LACK of animation, as in a game?

There are plenty of questions/answers discussing when/where to optionally include animation in an app. Now it comes to the point, there is almost ubiquitous animation all over media. Even a few ...
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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 ...