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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to bring the detail view into a sidebar

I have an sidebar similar to this example Home Objects Management* Foo Bar Baz Objects > Management is basically a list of all objects. Each object has a detail view. Workflow: Navigate to ...
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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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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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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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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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Best way to lay out home page of mobile app

I'm redesigning a mobile trivia app, and on the homepage, there are radio buttons that let the user choose the difficulty, and then there are also 3 buttons that start the game. The current layout ...
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Best UI for an school attendance mobile web app

I have never designed user interface before. And I have very little experience with front end technologies. This is my first opportunity where I have to make an interface for a mobie web app where the ...
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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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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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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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where can I find an app styleguide?

I am creating a mobile styleguide that will make it easier for other departments to design apps similarly - not totally the same as in using the same template. Eg. using standard colors in jewels, ...