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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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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Is it ok to use drop-down menus in Mobile Website?

Is it ok to use drop-down menus in a Mobile Website which opens on clicking? Like http://ux.stackexchange.com
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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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How does changing method of requesting reviews for mobile apps affect the ratings?

I am looking for statistics on how changing how you ask users to rate your mobile app can drastically change user ratings. Other questions have just asked for ways, pros or cons, but I am ...
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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 ...
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iPhone table view filter with multiple controls

Assume we have a real-estate iPhone app which shows a list of properties in a table view. I would like to offer the user the ability to filter the list according to about 6-7 different criteria. ...
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Separate app for touch devices or one universal?

We have a web mapping application (front end is all Flex) that has been designed with the keyboard and mouse in mind. It is similar to a desktop based app, (think Photoshop) with toolbars, tables, ...
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Best way to handle mobile website terms and conditions?

A form I am optimising for mobile has specific references to terms and conditions in numerous times (not just at the end usual checkbox, for example "We need this detail to sometimes contact you, read ...
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Right amount of padding between buttons in a mobile app

I am designing a mobile app for both ipad and iphone. I have a navigation bar which has several buttons next to each other and an action bar that has several buttons next to each other. Is there a ...
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Should my app close quickly when [x] is pushed or prompt for behaviour before close?

I have developed an Android app which plays an audio stream. There are three ways for the user to make the app go away: Push the back button on their mobile device. Push the close [x] on the top ...
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How could I make a list appear 'clickable/touchable?'

So I've got a nice ol' list that, when you tap on the sections, brings up more information. However, just looking at the list doesn't make it very clear you can expand them. But I'm not sure how I can ...
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UX to speed up Address entry by typing in the zip code first?

The zip code itself has a lot of information in it to speed up and auto-complete address information on the fly. Not to mention it has a nicer number only keyboard on all systems. Are there any ...
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What is the best way for a user to select an item by unique identifier?

My team and I are building a mobile app where the user will need to input a human-readable unique identifier (the serial number) of a single unit of inventory. Our system tracks the serial numbers ...
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How to allow for 'exploration' in your user testing?

In a lot of user testing sessions I've been in a common task is to test the effectiveness of a particular icon or navigation control. The typical scenario: tester: How would you accomplish task ...
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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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Scrolling vs. Pagination for a Mobile Order Form

Ok here is my windows mobile application for ordering system. As client requested i added a next page button (the button after the +). This turns a page with preferences of a product. However most of ...
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Sorting photos in mobile app

We're currently developing an app for posting classified ads where the user is able to upload up to 10 photos per ad (from camera or library). The app will be available for Android and iOS (with ...
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How to choose colors wisely to work with Low brightness and contrast screens?

In Mobile Phone and Tablets to save battery many people (Including me) keep brightness and contrast low. And sometime it makes harder to read if color scheme is not good. So my question is how to ...
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Keyboard Dismissal On Non-Interaction of Input Field

We're having a debate at the office. One of my developers is adamant in having the keyboard dismiss when there is any interaction with anything on screen that is not an input field. In other words ...
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Autocomplete on mobile browsers for username fields

I'm looking for useful advice on whether autocomplete should be disabled or not on mobile browsers specifically for inputs in a username field. I already have: <input type="email" ...
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Mobile App Design: Horizontal Swipe vs Vertical Scroll to browse a social feed

My colleagues and I are working on a mobile app (Android and iPhone) that allows users to browse a social feed. Each post in the feed consists of a mandatory picture, optional text and comments on the ...
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Why don't e-commerce sites use “quick view” on mobile?

I've noticed that e-commerce sites don't use quick view on mobile. Some sites have quick view as a hover treatment, which obviously doesn't work on mobile, but J.Crew has a "quick shop" button always ...
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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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Recommended pixel size for labels for mobile?

In the same way that the minimum tap area for mobile should be 44px according to apples documentation, is there a recommendation for label sizes?
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Is there research that shows that users don't like typing on virtual keyboards?

A widespread assumption among UX professionals says that users are not keen to use the virtual keyboard. Guidelines for mobile UX recommend to minimise text entry, suggest that typing holds back the ...
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Solution when I need small links on mobile optimised site for touch screen devices?

Im designing a mobile optimised site and I have a space issue. I need to have a bar graph showing availability by month. If I have this laid out horizontally as in my image I think its clear on a ...
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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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Merits of smaller less verbose keyboards for phones/mobile devices

Are there any merits to using a smaller and or possibly less verbose keyboard on mobile devices in certain scenarios? I was thinking possibly changing keyboards for logins or other areas where you ...
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What are some of the best wire framing pracitices/guidelines for mobile first approach for an ecommerce website?

I'm working on redesigning a 90's ecom website - the goal is to make it mobile phone/tablet friendly and we have decided to go the mobile first way because the website has more mobile visitors. My ...
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What is a good method for organizing internal team tools and public comments?

I'm creating a mobile web application for debates. There is a public discussion between two people displayed on a "card", with buttons to tell the other person they made a good point, and to add a new ...
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Line breaks in form selections for mobile

I'm laying out a mobile site that has an awkward screen for security questions. There are 5 questions, each with an input field for answers, however the questions are all too long to be displayed in ...
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RWD - Drag to background

I have the following setup for a responsive website. download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups The problem I'm running into is that on mobile devices, when the ...
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Mobile Multi level navigation with “split” button (access to sub-levels)

I was wondering how you would handle a multi level off-canvas navigation menu with split buttons. By split button I mean that the user needs to be able to click on the text (level 1) to access level ...
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Mobile interface - how to non-obtrusively ask user to do an optional action (alert equivalent)?

Modern mobile users have been conditioned to very quickly find the X, close or cancel buttons to dismiss all kinds of modal dialogs and ads in mobile apps. The typical scenario is - a user returns to ...
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Attaching files other than pictures to a mobile form

Client has a desktop-only website that is migrating to be responsive. Contact us form has a button to attach a file (not necessary a picture). My thought is: attaching a file with a phone is arduous. ...
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Forum - Threaded Messaging on Mobile

I need to display a threaded forum on Mobile. It's a fully fledged threaded forum where users can reply on any "reply". Currently I am displaying the forum in threaded order, but as it is a small ...
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How to recruit participants for usability study of a mobile app?

I'm currently designing an Android app and would like to do a usability study to test how the app works with the target audience. I have a question regarding recruiting participants. Since there are ...
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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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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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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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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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Do you design/develop a site primarily for the laptop/desktop and think about mobile later?

Do you design/develop a site primarily for the laptop/desktop and think about mobile later, or do you design your website to be mobile and unmobile friendly, therefore cutting design/dev time in half? ...
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What are the most important scientific papers about “Adaptive User Interface for mobile devices”?

What are the most important scientific papers about "Adaptive User Interface for mobile devices" ? Shortly, I need to do a research about how to generate AUIs for mobile device depending on user ...
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What is the best experience for long mobile questionnaires?

I am designing an app where the user is allowed to select multiple services which lead to a questionnaire around each service. If the user selects all the services this potentially could be a very ...
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Easy and intuitive way to prompt the user for data entry throughout the day? (iOS app)

What are some easy, seamless ways to prompt an iOS/mobile user to input data throughout the day (e.g. for a food diary), from both the notification and the data entry perspective? So far the best ...
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Are there any statistics or research on location approval by users on mobile and desktop browsers?

I'm looking for statistics or research about users that permit browsers to use their location, drilled down to the type of browser, platform, vs. native apps, etc. Also, general recommendations about ...
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On mobile, when should I use which dropdown list equivalent?

Everytime I start designing for an App project I get stuck on user's list of options which my brain instantly associate with a desktop dropdown list like this: From what I could gather Android have ...