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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Collecting user's preference for low- or high-bandwidth version of a web site

In a web application, I wish to present a rich user experience to viewers where available, yet I also wish to respect viewers' reluctance to pay overage fees to their Internet service provider. ...
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Is there any conclusive research about mobile user scrolling habits?

I am interested if anyone has read or knows of user research studies around mobile user scrolling habits? I am hearing some others in my organization stating that "mobile users have a tendency to ...
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Best practice for navigating a detailed image like a map on mobile

We have done a piece of offline activity that is basically a large folded, printed map with some featured elements and content around it relating to the map. I am working on putting this map online. ...
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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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How do you handle panning a map embedded on a scrollable web page for touch devices?

I'm currently developing a dashboard-style web interface with an embedded Bing V7 map and it's working great. On a tablet, usually the map will be shown half above 'the fold' and half below. This ...
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Average price per night VS Total price

The context is a booking/holiday planning platform. A user can select a number of days he wants to book a good (hotel, vacation package ...) and a price for each offer has to be shown. Assuming that ...
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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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Overriding Default Behavior of Mobile Browsers

In desktop web development, a big user experience no-no is to create a behavior that is not native to the browser. Such as: Disabling the right-click mouse button Creating your own context menu Not ...
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Mobile: differentiating device-shake and touch-shake with sensible names

With mobile devices, there are (at least) 2 kinds of user actions that could be called "shake" Shaking the device itself Shaking some draggable item (à la Windows 7 shake-to-minimize-other-windows) ...
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Is it appropriate in a touch-based mobile web app to place the equivalent of “apply” in the header?

I'm creating a mobile web app for modern touch-based browsers, and I'd like to know if it's appropriate to put the equivalent of an apply / search / go / view results / proceed button in a thin ...
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Switching between live/ recorded playback modes

The mobile surveillance app I'm working with has two modes: Live mode and Recorded mode. Live mode streams 4 camera feeds and allows the user to control their PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) functions. ...
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Beyond a one-size-fits-many-Westerners approach: Which mobile apps take localization seriously? [closed]

If you adjust the UI of software to different cultures, user's experience can improve. I am referring to Reinecke & Berstein (2013): "Knowing what a user likes: A design science approach to ...
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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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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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If all pages are linked in a menu, should a back button be provided?

If full navigation is provided for every page of a simple site, should there be a back button among its options? Example Scenario: A mobile website has 4 child pages, all accessible via navigation on ...
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Looking for “hard-to-accidently-press” button conventions

I'm working on a phone/tablet app (a musical instrument) whose play mode is full screen. I need a way to open a menu. I don't mind placing a button in one corner of the screen, but I think a normal ...
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Can I become a mobile ui designer without any IT background?

I am being encouraged to be a mobile UI designer by my hubby. I have 20 yrs of elementary teaching experience. How can I achieve it?
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Ill behaved smartphones or snobby users?

I'm receiving emails and I'm seeing messages on some websites that say something like 'Posted from my [smartphone]'. I don't have a smartphone (yet), so I don't know if the message configuration is ...
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Navigation bar necessary for mobile app with no hiearchy?

In iPhone UI development, we have this design pattern of putting the current location in the UINavigationBar. When you first open the app, it will generally show the company logo. As you navigate, the ...
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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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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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Displaying package comparisons for mobile?

On my desktop website I have 3 packages listing all the features included for each package and their prices with an option to add to basket. All packages are on the same page next to each other so ...
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Matrix question type in mobile

I am working on a tool for conducting surveys through the web. One of the most common question types is represented with a table, where the column and row headers form the question, and the rest of ...
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The calculator app question: preventing users from entering illegal input

I know there are a number of ways to prevent users from entering illegal input: disabling buttons, showing warnings, and other solutions that fit the domain of the problem. However, the usual ...
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Should mobile websites show a dedicated area for scroll bar like on desktop websites?

I often get these complain from my management team when i design long pages for them. I cant cut on information only because i have to fit in it one page. Some really basic users do not know if they ...
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Pinch/Zoom: evidence for bad UX

My company is redesigning its corporate website. the CEO is not entirely sold on the business/UX case for going mobile (and the added bandwidth that entails). Part of his objection is that he believes ...
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Icon position in side menu left or right

Is there any recommendation or best practice when positioning icons in side menu? Most of the side menus put the icon to the left and then the text. Any thoughts? Left or right?
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when designing an app for both Android and iPhone, should the user interface be the same?

When designing a mobile app for use on both iPhone and Android, should you make the UI the same on both platforms? Why or why not? I have thought about this a bit. To some extent, this entails more ...
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How do you convert computer users to mobile users?

How do you convince your computer users to try out your mobile app? The problems I see are: Detection - There's no way to read people's minds and figure out what phone they use based off of what ...
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Tips & resources for Mobile UX designer coming from Web UX

Mobile UX is a whole new world, specially apps. Over my past experience I got deeper & deeper into how browsers work & finally build an experience around it. I agree some fundamentals would ...
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How to avoid a too cluttered UI on mobile devices?

One of the features of my mobile application, is the facility to request a seat on a journey. The user can view details about the journey, and then selects the "x sharing" link to pop down ...
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Is there a standard name for ios-style cross-sliding lists?

I'm looking for a name of iOS-style nested <ul>'s. I'm simply talking about the extremely common navigation where you tap a list item (usually with an arrow next to it) and then the screen ...
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How to best conduct a mobile app features audit?

We're redesigning a pretty heavy app and I've been tasked with creating a list of all of the current available features since they'll all need to be included in the next release. The thing is that ...
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Name of this semi ubiquitous pattern in Google Now search field?

With Android JellyBean, Google introduced Google Now, which is a fantastic addition in itself as far as I'm concerned. One interesting feature usability wise, something that dmh pointed out in a ...
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Should we be aware of bandwidth concerns given recent data-plan pricing changes?

Recently, it's been reported that mobile providers have decided to change the pricing models of their data plans (namely Verizon and AT&T, but perhaps even others; charge per GB of data used). ...
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Should sign up be available from both Mobile and web?

Let's say I have an iPhone application AND a website that works synergetically with the app. For example it might allow the user to manage the iPhone app's data. In this case how should the sign up ...
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What icon for advanced options? [closed]

I am working on a public transit app for Android. Look at the screenshot - the button with a wrench icon opens advanced options. In advanced options you can set which transport mode to use (bus, tram, ...
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Preferred Tab Order - Chronological or Importance?

In an app where you earn credits and then spend those credits, there will be a history screen with two tabs - earning history and spending history. Which tab order makes the most sense? 1) ...
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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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Show special keyboard view when entering a password on mobile devices?

Mobile operating systems typically show different virtual keyboards depending on context. The default keyboard might show A-Z, while a keyboard for entering a telephone number might show 0-9 (so you ...
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Best strategy to gather feedback for beta android app

I am working on a product that will soon release a beta android app, not through google play, but just sending the apk around to a couple of people. I am now looking for ways to gather user feedback ...
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Tablet/kiosk app - showing the keyboard by default

We have an iPad/Android Tablet input form with a single text input box on it. This is a kiosk app used by tourists and business men. We have two options Option 1) Form loads Input box ...
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Best way to ask user for large amount of data input on iPhone?

I have a question about designing the UX that requires a large amount of data to be entered by the user upon signing up for an app - needed as the app cannot function without this data - how can this ...
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Is a “Call Now” button next to a phone number nessessary for mobile users?

We currently have a phone number on a page, set up so that users on smart devices can tap it and call the number from their devices should they want to get in touch. My bosses have suggested that, in ...
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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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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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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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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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Are “beginner/advanced/expert grades user interface” within the same app common for modern iPhone/iPad apps?

One of my favorite PC games of all time is Birthright: The Gorgons alliance. It is a very deep and complicated game that had much more than many single player games at that time. For example, the ...
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Why isn't a keyboard in alphabetic order?

Mobile Phone Keyboard Redesign A normal keyboard way designed to be typed with both hands, ten fingers. A mobile phone Keyboard was just a copy. Using Fitts law, I think the mobile phone keyboard ...