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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Ipad/Iphone designing in Full-Screen vs Non-Full-Screen?

I've noticed that most games are in full screen mode and some Apps have taken this on in design. Is there any research or argument for having an App in Full-Screen vs Non-Full-Screen? The only ...
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Is speed the most important factor in mobile applications?

I've been noticing a trend when using my phone for music at work. Sites like Bandcamp have an excellent mobile site that is simple and intuitive. However, once I find a cool group on Bandcamp I end up ...
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Information Architecture for Widgets - how do I organise my content?

Apologies if this should be a 'Content Strategy' question... anyway, I am involved in a project that is multi-platform and will have both mobile phone and tablet components (not identical). I will ...
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Optimizing the selection process [closed]

I am developing a mobile application in which the user selects the fields that s/he wants to enter information into. At the moment, I have two screens - one for selecting the fields and other for ...
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Two panel multi select on mobile

I'm trying to develop a system where users can add financial symbols to activities, almost as you would tags to a blog post. The user should be able to easily add or remove symbols. They can add as ...
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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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Android: Back Button Only vs. Extra Navigation

General UX question for Android: Assume a simple view (activity or fragment) hierarchy, like so: A --> B. The transition from A to B is added to Android's back stack. On screen B, is it best to ...
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convention for file attaching on mobile

I'm building an app where the user needs to enter input on form fields.One of the inputs is to attach a file, it can be any file or it can a photo from a gallery. I placed inside the form itself a ...
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rectangles Vs rounded corners of text fields on mobile

Do you think there is a difference in perceiving text fields which have round\rectangle corners ? My goal is to establish a convention that round corners are fields which the user can enter input and ...
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iPhone - Hiding/showing a common Carousel view

I have a Carousel view (horizontally aligned images, can be swiped left/right to switch images) above a Table view that displays some information. Assuming I'd like to give the user the option to ...
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screen video capturing (usability test) on mobile

I'm trying to figure out how to conduct a usability test upon a handset device (smartphone). it seems there aren't many methods for screen video capturing of a user making use of an app. Do you know ...
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Advice on BlackBerry Navigation and Layout Design [closed]

I have some problems trying to design layout and navigation structure for BlackBerry app. The basic of our layout is consists of two headers that will be fixed so that when users scroll horizontally ...
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Swipe indicators on a small screen

My Android app has a screen that displays the details of an item selected from a list, as shown above. The screen allows the user to scroll to the next or previous item in the list by swiping ...
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Mobile app UI state restoration in relation to the length of inactivity time

A common guideline for mobile apps is that they should be built to accommodate interruption, and that the app should be restored after interruption to the last state that the user was in. For example, ...
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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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Have controls fade out on scroll?

Background In our application we have a list view of contacts. In addition to the list there is a filter panel at the top of the list which provides contact type filtering through a segment control: ...
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Are there any conventions for mobile behavior when swiping left/right?

I'm working on a new platform for mobile. In this platform, the gesture of swiping left (from right to left) acts differently in different contexts. On an object (a rectangle with details) it opens ...
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Banner Ad placement in a mobile app

Where should you put banner advertising in a mobile app? Specifically take this mockup for example. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A8HcBC7CQAEuQnd.png:large Above title? Below title? Below navbar? ...
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Are Network online/offline indicators necessary for Mobile apps?

I'm beginning work on an app and one of the requirements is that there be some visual indicator for the user that displays their devices' connectivity status. I'm wondering if there is any research on ...
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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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drop down navigation for web/mobile

I'm in the process of a website redesign and I'm not really sure what to do with the navigation. The goals of the redesign are to simplify the site and make it more mobile friendly. The existing site ...
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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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Displaying a large data table in a mobile app

Does anyone have any suggestions for displaying a large data table in a mobile app? Some of the columns (the ones that are underlined) need to be able to be sorted when clicked. ...
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Representing how many you have with how many they want

I have a problem whereby we are asking a user for multiple items. This is in a gaming scenario and the game has lots of items. Each item is manufactured from other items and is only counted once it ...
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How to best enter long digits on a small touch device without using keyboard input

my current task is to create an user interface for a mobile strategy game. stuff can be transported from point a to point b. the user can select an amount of stuff between 1 and 1.000.000. it is ...
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How to solve overly deep hierarchy navigation on mobile device?

I’m reading Jakobs Nielsens new mobile usability book. There is an example of a mobile site that suffers from an overly deep hierarchy (5 levels in total) In the example users need to navigate through ...
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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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How to provide good mobile phone number verification? [closed]

I'd like to know if there is a way to achieve a good user experience when a user's profile contains a mobile number which needs to be verified via SMS. The examples I have explored had the mobile ...
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Can you explain the Up button behaviour in Google Play

According to the official Android design guidelines, the Up button should take the user one level up in the app hierarchy: http://developer.android.com/design/patterns/navigation.html I have a ...
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Best practices for scrolling and navigation on touch interfaces: horizontal vs vertical

It's well known that on traditional (mouse/keyboard) interfaces horizontal scrolling goes against user expectations, however in touch devices the matter is not so clear. Are there any best practices, ...
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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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Horizontal scrolling of a small area on a desktop website

It seems that a new design patterns is becoming more popular in mobile apps. If you look at the latest release of the App Store they use a horizontal swipe pattern in order to navigate through various ...
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What should an Android version of a multi-step modal view look like?

For an iOS app I'm working on, there is an important full-screen multi-step modal view used for certain key actions. The user is looking at a bunch of payees she can pay. She can tap a button to add ...
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Prototyping tool for mobile/tablet [closed]

Is there any interactive prototyping tool for creating low to high fidelity for tablets and mobile where the tool generates html output. I came across this tool(http://www.justinmind.com/) which ...
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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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Combining Settings and About screens in a mobile web app

To have fewer buttons taking up screen space I'm putting "About" information like version number and whether the app is up to date at the bottom of my Settings screen. I've noticed that the Facebook ...
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Swipe direction for read document on iPad

Is there any recommendation about the direction of swipe for an app that allow user to read PDF documents? I mean if I have to chose is better the up/down or the left/right swipe? In my own ...
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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, ...
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Using different calls to action between platforms… Should cross-channel UX always be consistent? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is breaking established web conventions in order to be consistent across multiple devices an unexpected (and therefore harmful) user experience? I’ve always advocated ...
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How do I present on/off indicators without leading users to believe they are buttons?

We are in the process of designing a mobile application for an Android device. It is a requirement that we have indicators for whether a function is turned on or off across the top of the screen (e.g. ...
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What solutions are there for a date picker on a responsive website? [closed]

We're working on a website that is responsive. So my question is: What about datepickers. If we choose normal datepickers Jquery Mobile date pickers don't look good on the full blow template. And ...
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Mobile app considering ecology - is it possible to blend light green into calm scheme?

At workplace I was asked to design the interface for mobile application (for tablets and mobile phones). I'm not a professional designer so I got stuck already with the colour scheme. This ...
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What can be an alternative to tabs in an iphone or android application

What type of a design/design philosophy/gesture can be a good alternative to tabs in an iphone or an android application? Tabs are good and tell the user that there is another ...
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Indicate tappable area on mobile

I am creating a mobile application that can be used as a counter. This app would be implemented in full-touchscreen phones. Here is part of the screen: I want to indicate that users can either tap ...
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How can I indicate that images can be clicked on a mobile site?

I've created a mobile site with a portfolio page. On the desktop version, hovering the mouse over the images changes the mouse pointer to a finger indicating the image is hyperlinked. To try to get ...
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What control flow can replace vertical (or horizontal) scrolling lists?

Assume a list (timeline) like you have in a mobile app like Path, Google+ or Facebook. The list is heterogeneous, the list items may be photos links (expanded snippets) texts (status updates) and ...
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How to display a rotator / carousel in a responsive website when shown on a mobile

I'm working on a responsive wireframe and the desktop version has a feature area rotator. On the desktop site, it just has arrows and I worry that that will make navigating the rotator difficult on ...
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What are the conventions for how often a user should be asked to log into a mobile application?

Or put another way - is there a process for deciding how long a user's authenticated session should last?
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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. ...