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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What are we calling the 3 lines button in mobile apps?

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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Searching apps on smart phone home screen

I'm interested to know about the effectiveness of the search application on the iPhone home screen. For example, I have 4 screens of apps and it takes me a few seconds to find an application that I ...
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Is there any good reason why I shouldn't make some mobile app parts sticky?

What are the downsides of making that part with column-chart sticky (Always positioned to the top even when bottom part is scrolled down)? Haven't met that kind of solution in any mobile app before. ...
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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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Should viewport rotation be an option rather than a default on mobile devices?

Rotating a mobile device has unpredictable effects: Depending on OS and app rotating the device can have no effect, or it lays out the content to the new screen orientation, potentially showing a very ...
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Why do mobile video apps encourage taking short videos?

Recently there's been a rapid increase in the number of mobile video apps that limit their recording length. These are some popular examples: Vine - 6 seconds Viddy - 15 seconds Keek - 35 seconds ...
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Contact form on mobile vs. mailto: link?

I have decided to put a contact form in the footer for my portfolio site and opening the question up to include any site where the decision was to add a contact form on the desktop version... Would ...
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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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Sending a Search Form on mobile - keypad and / or call to action button

say you have a modal view with a simple form and a cancel-option. as soon as the user selects a field the keypad shows up and usually provides a "Send" or "Search" Button to send the form. is it ok ...
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Responsive vs Full Mobile Solution… with a twist.

Most people see the pros of responsive design being one codebase with a variable visual layer via CSS media queries, and the pros of an adaptive, mobile specific site being able to use a mobile ...
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How well does Google Maps work in a responsive environment?

When a Google map is embedded within a responsive design page, how does it render the map when the page is being viewed as a mobile layout. In other words, when shrunken down to a mobile layout, does ...
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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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Are hover states necessary?

We're having a discussion in the UX department here at work as to whether or not hover states are necessary to a UI. We're kind of divided. Here are the two arguments: Against (started the ...
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Tabbar inside Modal View - iPhone

Is it ok to have TabBar in Modal view in iOS UI (iPhone)? I have a "Select Contact" view in my app and I plan to make it as modal view. But "Select Contact" is a set of views: "Favourites", ...
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Do “extended” batteries really affect user experience?

There're several companies out there that sell "extended" batteries for smartphones. For example, Nokia Lumia 820 standard battery has 1450 mAh capacity and the extended one has 1600 mAh capacity - 9% ...
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Is there any issues with approaching a website re-design from a mobile first perspective?

I've read the book Mobile First and agree with many of the points made. However, I still do not approach a project creating a set of mobile wireframes and then desktop. I still design the other way ...
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Teaching SMS sending procedure in mobile

We are working on an SMS based reporting project where the people with age 30-60 will be sending SMS reports. Apart from the complexity of the SMS structure, one of the major issues I have faced ...
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Should I build camera functionality into a photo sharing app or let the user use the device camera app they would already be familiar with?

I have been working on the idea I have for sort of another photo sharing app. Last few days, as I have been working on the part of it for taking photos in square format (like instagram) I started to ...
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Carousel Menu on Mobile Device [closed]

So, I made this carousel menu as a second menu and using Jquery Mobile framework. This carousel is clickable and when i saw on some reference there's also swipe for touchscreen. Is my carousel ...
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Prefer buttons over text links when designing for mobile?

When designing for mobile, should one prefer buttons over text links whenever possible? I'm guessing buttons are better at encouraging tapping, whereas text links are increasingly becoming associated ...
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Should a form's style be left to the browser?

Instead of using CSS resets, I use Normalize.css, and I usually style an HTML form's containing elements such as input, label, textarea, etc. to the fullest extent. To make sure that the form's design ...
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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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Is there a way to simplify the input of a canadian postal code on a mobile form [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What’s the Best Interface for Entering Canadian Postal Codes on a Smartphone Keyboard? In Canada, postal code are structured that way A1A 1A1 A = Letters 1 = Numbers ...
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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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Why did Google opt-out of hardware buttons for Nexus devices?

Are there any real UX reasons to remove hardware buttons from Android Nexus devices? In above Nexus 4 the bottom part is wasted space - won't adding buttons like menu/back/home make it more ...
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How to best show connectivity

I am writing an app which heavily depends on having a connection to the host. The app works fine with no connection it just doesn't send anything up or down. Because it's a business type app the ...
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Thoughts on mobile 'matrix' style navigation?

What I mean by 'matrix' style is something along the lines of But could potentially be a multi-page menu as well (accessed by swiping left or right). I feel these designs try to mimic the iOS ...
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Is it wrong to use a master-detail on smartphone (mobile) with two scrolls?

I'm wondering whether two scrollable areas which resides one next to the other is a good design? You can see in the following picture. For the sake of argument let say that the location of item 1 is ...
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How to collect feedback from user for non-utility mobile app? Survey or Free-text

What is the best way of collecting feedback from a mobile app user? Application in this context is not a utility app and is expected to be used by user at his convenient time. Free text input box: ...
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What are good online resources for testing designs of an IPhone app? [closed]

I am looking for a tool/website that I can use to test my IPhone designs on my current users, I'd like this tool/website to upload my new designs and have a dedicated link where I can share it with my ...
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Is it bad to post an app update to only show ads?

So, I have made an app and it's getting it's fair share of action on the Play Store. It is free and currently contains no adverts. I am nearing completion of integration with Flurry Ads. I am also ...
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Should actions that leave your app require confirmation?

Our app has a 'Facebook' button that opens another user's facebook profile. Based on the assumptions that: most people who network also have higher facebook privacy settings, and also people who use ...
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Is grid the right layout for mobile web applications?

Suppose you are creating a web application which supposed to work on mobile platforms like Android or iPhone, and one of the features of your app is to give the user an interface for adding, viewing, ...
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UX design solution for app modelling “the act of writing down helps me recall stuff”?

I received this user requirement recently. The user (a designer) male, 50 years old said that the act of physically writing something down (on Post-It, paper, and so on) was a huge aid to recall and ...
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How should we format numbers on a mobile device for a POS app?

We are working on an point of sale app, and need to figure out how to format the numbers on the screen for when a client is entering a credit card number. The two options are: 1) The way a phone ...
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Is it necessary for error messages to have cause and fix in them

We are developing mobile applications, and our screen space is really limited. But our documentation guy is asking us to add long error messages that have cause.fix kinda format. So error messages are ...
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What is the best way to ask/set language preferences without using text?

I'm working on a mobile application for learning foreign languages. In order to use the app the user must provide provide two pieces of information: tell us what language you want to learn tell us ...
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Which way is better to invite your facebook friends via an IOS/Android app?

I am building a social community via an IOS and Android app, both apps are using "Post to friend wall" to invite friends to use with a direct link for the landing page of the app to download it. ...
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UX considerations for interactive mobile maps?

Embedding a mapping service like Google Maps into a website is pretty easy (i.e. using their API, which has recently been updated for mobile performance). What are the most important UX ...
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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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What android UI control fits for selection of number in large range?

I'm working on a application for tracking body mass measurements. I need the user to be able to input a number representing body weight, whose magnitude ranges from 0.00 kg to normally 300.00 kg. The ...
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What's the right UI idiom for seeing content obscured by a search bar keyboard?

I've got a situation where there's a list of items to search and a search bar to enter text. When the search bar has focus, the onscreen keyboard pops up. This looks like so: (Note that the list ...
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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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Has user testing ever revealed that you have to change your app's UI colour?

Dark-themed UI colours have been popular for a while on certain desktop applications (Adobe Lightroom as an example), and seem to be popping up on mobile applications as well. I'm referring to the ...
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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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Do iOS / WP users recognize the Android share icon?

I've been assigned the task to add an icon / CTA to enable users to invite people to our application from their contact list. Due to width restriction, especially with localization, one of the ...
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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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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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Cross-platform HIG. What do you use for html5 apps?

When designing an Andriod or an iOS app, it is clear that you should follow their respective Human Interface Guidelines (HIGs). But what do you do when designing a Html5 app? What cross platform ...
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Coloring Schemes

I am very new to mobile programming...basically just starting to fiddle with it today. :) I remember a project I did back in school that surveyed people (at a mall lol) and I asked them which text ...