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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Why do many/most (Android) phones have the power button opposite the volume buttons?

I have just bought a Nexus 5 phone. I love the phone, but like my previous two phones it gives me grief when turning the thing on or off. The problem is that the power button is almost directly ...
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iPhone - User interaction flow ideas

I am trying to determine would the best user experience would be for a particular flow, and I though maybe getting a fresh perspective on it would be helpful. I have three screens that I am currently ...
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Why do mobile apps use animated transitions?

So many mobile apps are using animated transitions (much like the web was using flash animations in the early 2000s). In a desktop internet browser, clicking a link on a web page takes you to the the ...
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When is tapping back out of a deep hierarchy in mobile apps too much?

Are there any studies to measure frustration when tapping back multiple times to get out of a hierarchy? I ask because I am evaluating the most appropriate way to navigate a complex menu application. ...
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Grouped Multiple checkboxes solution for mobile

have an app that needs to select multiple checkboxses. These checkboxes are grouped by category. Something like this: . For touch devices (iPad, iPhone,etc) this is not so nice. Hard to tap on ...
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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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Best Way to Display/Navigate Hierarchical Data on iPad

On mobile phones there is a straightforward pattern how to display hierarchical data (for example coming from a relational database): How would I transform this pattern to a tablet and make use of ...
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Pros and alternatives of swipe side menu in mobile app

I am developing a mobile app, which has a left side menu that can be opened by swiping from left to right in the screen. However, sometimes, when I try to scroll down the content in the main panel, ...
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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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Handle Push Notification when app is in foreground

Let's imagine i'm building a football gamblers app. In my app the user can "follow" the game that is currently "active" (The closest game that the user has gambled on). The main screen will show the ...
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Mobile search screen button layout (Search|Reset)

I am contemplating the layout of search page buttons for a mobile app (iOS). The buttons are located at the bottom of a scrollable table view. Here is my current layout: I have been noticing ...
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What is the convention for order of fields on a mobile payment page?

I'm currently redesigning a mobile checkout, and I've run into a problem when building the "payment details page." Every checkout in the world needs one of these, and they all basically need to have ...
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Safe to assume majority of mobile visitors will have double density display?

Im designing a mobile website. Some of my styling is not absolutely necessary for understanding the content but does help. It looks fine on a double density display but not on a normal display. So ...
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what's the proper name for the UI widget used on mobiles for message histories

Opening SMS or whatsapp or any other short message system on a mobile usually opens a scrollable, chronological history of messages, with my own messages appearing in right aligned boxes and the ...
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Hamburger menu icons - should they be on the left or right?

Hamburger menus (the three small horizontal bars: the new menu icon). Should they be on the right or left? I'm only thinking of mobile and tablet applications. The pattern I see the most is on the ...
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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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App drawer - does side matter?

I designed an app and would like advice on the side drawer. You almost always see it placed on the left side of the app. Have there been any references or studies on what happens if it's placed on the ...
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Is this “safe scrolling area” for a mobile menu, so users don't accidentally click an option while scrolling, a good idea/user experience?

I've never seen this anywhere else, but it seems like a good way to prevent the frustrating occurrence of accidental clicks while scrolling. What do you think?
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How to get started with UX design when hiring freelance experts?

I am a business operator who own number of blogs. I am looking to hire a freelance UX consultant to get started creating amazing design. I would like to understand the process behind this. Many say ...
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How to best indicate navigation menu on mobile

What's the best way to indicate the navigation menu on mobile devices? I see this three-bar icon being used a lot, but do users really understand what it means? Wouldn't a button simply saying ...
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What is the best way to handle mobile notifications with desktop clients?

I don't have an application that I'm currently working on, but issues I have both heard from others and experienced myself got me thinking. Some messengers (I have Hangouts in mind) have ...
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Multiselect treeview of checkboxes on a mobile device?

What is the best way of implementing something like this on a mobile device? Which is an example of a multiselect dropdown box with a hierachy implemented in JQuery UI: ...
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Should I have “read more” links in a responsive design?

I'm currently in the middle of a re-design for a mid-market newspaper's website, and for each article there's a "Continue reading story >>" link after the lede paragraph on topic pages and the home ...
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When displaying several lists in a mobile app is it better to use an accordion or tabs?

I'm designing a mobile app and need to choose the right strategy to display data that's is listed in several different categories on a mobile app. Specially if you have more than 3 categories of ...
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How could one prevent drunk users from using a mobile application?

Consider a mobile application which for some reason needs to prevent drunk users from using it (e.g. to avoid dreaded "drunk dials" or "drunk texts"). How could "sober authentication" be executed from ...
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What's wrong with this picture?

Context I'm a developer (not a designer) working on a drawing app, and I'm a little clueless about ui / ux design. The functionality is there, but something is really wrong with the look of the menu ...
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Denote different color schemes in a list setting iOS

In my app, a person can have a variable amount of lists they've created. Each of these lists can have their very own color scheme. In the view where all the lists are shown that the user has created, ...
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Should I show or hide social media feed widgets for mobile devices on a responsive website?

I have a one-page site in which the users are scrolling down the site reading more info as they go. The first section is a kind of introduction section with a nice big background and a big title. Then ...
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Should I resume a scroll view to last viewed location or last intended location?

As with many apps, I have a scroll view for data. This data can be scrolled normally, and as with almost all scroll views like this, it has the ability for inertia scrolling — to keep scrolling once a ...
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Web App: Table in phones? [duplicate]

Now I'm designing a web app target at phones. The problem is that the table is too big. Here the idea is to show the following appoinments in next days. So I choose to display information using ...
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User profile design for mobile appliation

Above is a sample user profile summary section for a taxi booking app that I've been working on. It seemed flawed conceptually for several reasons. The icon on the left is meant to represent the ...
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Which UI options are suitable for a mobile search result page?

In our information dense digital world, search is crucial. So is the search result where there are a lot of help for users. But on mobile devices, the screen is very limited, which makes the use of ...
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Displaying data with responsive design

I'm displaying details of a product. My current responsive design works well for desktop, tablet and mobile. I'm happy with the clean look on the mobile version but I'm feeling the desktop version is ...
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Expected result: Is alert required when changing settings?

Currently I am testing a Windows Phone application. It is a calendar application. It has a settings page using where we can switch between two types of calendar. After I change the option, is it ...
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Positioning Enter/Backspace Keys on a Numpad

I'm currently designing a custom numpad for an app but am somewhat uncertain of positioning between the backspace and return button. Taking into consideration user behavior and overall accessibility, ...
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Dealing with a node-edge-node view

I'm coding up a graph db style (neo4j) UI for a tablet and am wondering how best to implement the actions on nodes and edges. Actions: add / remove node link / unlink nodes (edge) other actions on ...
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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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Popup menu or buttons for each item in a list?

I am designing an app where there is a list of users, the list covers the whole screen. For each item in the list there are 4 actions that can be performed. So what would be a good, standard way of ...
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Display Items in 2-Dimensional Grid by Row or by Column?

I need to display a number of Contacts in a grid and they sorted by name. Should they flow from left to right in rows? Or from top to bottom in columns? Although my examples don't illustrate it, ...
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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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Ask for geolocation at startup in a mobile app

I have a question about asking for location service's authorization. I'm working on app which allows to browse for restaurants in a certain place. I want to allow to users to search by specific ...
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Which is the best mobile pattern to use for a form's select box?

I need to design a responsive website with many widgets and forms. I want to provide the best UX to mobile users also when they interact with forms, which is often a nightmare on mobile. You can ...
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How to design a multi-step form for mobile

So I am having a problem designing a usable and clear multi-step form for mobile (iPhone for now). Here are the steps: Step 1: Search for a restaurant - This field will have fields like name, city, ...
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Selecting quite a lot of Size and Quantity

This UI is for a B2B web ecommerce page, where a buyer can enter quantities for multiple sizes of a product. They first click a size in the top row which reveals up/down arrows on the qty, which the ...
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Recommended value for connection timeout on mobile devices

How long would you prompt the user with an indicator before showing a connection error? On the one hand a mobile user doesn't like waiting forever until the indicator disappears. On the other hand a ...
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Responsive Nav: How to show user login status on mobile phone width?

I building a responsive navigation, and I'm trying to get a nice clean simple mobile portrait menu. In the enclosed illustration, we have a standard nav. The business requirements state that the ...
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Design pattern for handling network connection errors

In case you didn't know, people are increasingly using smartphones. One problem that comes with smartphones is a shaky and unreliable internet connection. For "static" websites that primarily serving ...
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mobile input feedback design pattern

I am creating email verification in IOS and want to assist the user with verifying they have entered the correct email address before sending confirmation. Some app use an instant input feedback with ...
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What factors are the most influential in the usability and UX of a mobile app, that utilizes crowd sourced information? [closed]

When creating a mobile application that uses crowd sourced information, what factors influence the usability and UX. So in my case the information has already been crowd sourced by users of the ...
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Should text be bigger on mobile?

Should text be bigger on mobile despite the fact that we're dealing with smaller screen real-estate? Pros: Easier to read while in motion Easier to read under difficult lighting Cons: Requires ...