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 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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Default Android input field styling

I have been showing a prototype of my app to a few people and am surprised by how many of them don't know where to type. The main screen has three input fields and a search button. I'm talking about ...
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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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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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Should mobile navigation be aligned to the left or right?

I apologise if this question is a duplicate. On a quick browse I couldn't see anything referring to this. I've always aligned my navigation icon on mobile to the right. Mainly because I just assumed ...
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Should a mobile media app lower volume or pause?

When designing mobile media apps (specifically audio-only ones), what should they do when a notification comes in and phone volume is on? I noticed two different behaviors on my phone - Spotify will ...
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Four different types of actions need to be applied to elements in a list on a mobile phone. How do I organize these actions?

I have a bunch of user created items in a list on a mobile phone. I've broken the possible actions applied to each into four types, listed below in order of most often used: reply to internal ...
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Consistency in Mobile App [duplicate]

Should we maintain same design for all different native app platform? Or can we change depends on mobile design flow? Please clarify my comfussion. Ex: 1. facebook same in both android and iphone 2. ...
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Mobile pattern library with animated IxD examples? [duplicate]

Can anyone suggest a blog or pattern library that demonstrates interaction design examples? Everything I've seen to date uses static screenshots, but nothing that actually animates the interactions or ...
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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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How do you nudge users to download your native app?

I was reading an ACM research paper recently that considered users' revisitation patterns. The authors found that users tend to revisit native apps far more often than they revisit pages in browsers. ...
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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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Should I put the map on the first page?

I want to make an application to find parking and my question is if I should place the map on the first page. On the one hand the map shows you where you are; if you're in a city that is not yours it ...
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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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Handling bad network connections in a mobile app [closed]

I'm currently writing my bachelor thesis about loading data in mobile applications (native/web based). I already searched for UX studies how to handle disconnects and slow loading of data but ...
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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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Should I follow the Android guideline or keep my app's own style when porting it from iOS?

My new project is to port an iOS app to Android platform. Before get started, I'm quite confused on whether I should follow google's guideline since some big titles on Android platform still keep the ...
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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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Best iPhone app design process

What is the best way to design an iPhone app? What do I do first. Is it best to do the following?... Do a paper wireframe? Do a digital wireframe (Adobe Illustrator)? Design the real thing (Adobe ...
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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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Navigating to details of an item from the list

I'm working on a Windows Phone 7 app that has a screen of some abstract items that we load from the server. If the user clicks on an item they are navigated to a "details page". Currently the ...
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Can we assume users know the devices they're working on?

I'm developing an iPhone app that uses pretty standard UI, follows Apple's human-interface guidelines, and in some cases imitates behavior as seen in stock iPhone apps. For example, a table view from ...
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Mobile Augmented Reality App. What pattern for AR visualization and navigation?

I am designing a mobile app with an AR functionality that allows users to detect a product label and get a bunch of information about it. We want to display this content over the captured image. ...
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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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Action buttons for mobile — ok to go full width?

Is it acceptable to use full width mobile action buttons, say in the footer, like in the 1st example? It's nice and simple but I'm afraid users might mistake it for a regular footer. The 2nd example ...
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Are two separate websites useful when discussing mobile and desktop [duplicate]

I am doing an ecommerce web design that will be using a lot of images of realistic items than cant be created in CSS. One big goal I would like to do is have this site accessible through mobile ...
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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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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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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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What is the generally accepted resolution for mobile design?

So, I am a week and a half into a new project, and I've been designing for a resolution of 320px * 480px. I am new to the game and I've just found out that that resolution is too small considering the ...
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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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Best practice for a desktop version dropdown hover menu to work on mobile?

I'll give my example as it explains exactly what I mean. We have a store that on the main menu has a "Shop" link that when hovered over, will display a dropdown menu of categories and subcategories. ...
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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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Should you optimize mobile experiences based on individual handedness?

In abbood's question "How to implement a stack exchange style voting for mobile?" he answers his own question with the following mock-up: My immediate thought was that the up-vote control was on ...
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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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Eye Travel vs. Touchability on Mobile

If we want a user to perform a certain action, we make it easiest for them to select that option compared to any other available option. For example, think of a pop-up ad, "Do you want to ...
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UI Options for Displaying Connected Apps / Managing App Connections

I am searching hard to find a nice way to show connections/interactions between various individual apps within an app store. This is important for two reasons: Certain apps exist mainly to ...
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What are the best practices for tooltips on mobile websites?

What are the best practices for tooltips on mobile websites? I'm designing the mobile version of a website for customers' accounts (where they can see their latest bill and settings for their ...
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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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Trying to build intuitive simple user interface for an iphone app

** UPDATED with picture Below is a simple mockup for a spending tracker mobile app (for frequent travelers) that i built. Each of the 3 gray boxes are inputs (name, amount, currency). A sample input ...
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The myth of mobile context

I've touched on this in a couple of my other questions. I'd like to have a more direct question addressing this issue. Am I right in thinking "Desktop context" & "mobile context" no longer exists. ...
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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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What does “mobile-first” mean?

So I've been trying to find a legitimate answer to this question for a couple days. I read an interview in Awwwards recent publication Trends Web and Mobile 2013 with the following answer in regards ...
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How to deal with recursive hierarchical tableviews?

There's a great function from the web that I want to reproduce in iOS and Android. I'm calling it a recursive tableview because I can't think of any other descriptive name. For example, in a shopping ...
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Mobile website text link

When developing a mobile or responsive website (for touch screens) making navigation links and other buttons larger to be easier to tap and avoid 'fat fingers' is a good idea. My question is what ...
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Heuristic evaluation by single reviewer - system complexity

I am performing a heuristic evaluation of mobile apps. My worry is, as a single reviewer I am not able to find more than ~35% of the problems - as Nielsen suggests. I am reviewing mobile apps. Does ...
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When to show a lock screen (iOS mobile app)

I'm part of a team working for a client on a business iPhone app that has an optional 'passcode lock' feature. One of the screens shows a list of saved items that may contain sensitive information. ...
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Sort lists on mobile

What's the best way to sort lists on mobile interfaces? I'm not talking about filtering (I read another conversation about that). I am talking about sorting in ascending and descending order. My ...
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Usability assesment methods for cross-platform mobile applications

I am new to usability testing. I want to do a usability study comparing multiple mobile applications that are made using different technologies - for example native, phonegap, appcelerator, etc. ...