I first made the clickable text bold and rest all normal

Then the one who tested said he can't make out the clickable text.

I changed the color to blue, so now its much better but he even wanted me to underline it.

Now it looks like a link on web apps.

What is the UI usually used for clickable texts?

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the blue, underlines text is clickable.

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Conventions are your friend (one of the reasons I hate the phrase "think outside the box"... think outside the box when coming up with a product or idea, think inside while attempting to make something usable).

Colored text is a convention for click on the web in general, so that works, but if you want it to continue looking like a mobile app and not a website, think about using a button or "pill" link with a call to action.

Barring that, I'd also look at a slight redesign of your area. I don't know what it looks like with multiple listings, but i'd suggest sectioning out each item and making the entire area clickable with a ">" arrow to suggest clickability.

A few options there.

  • i cant keep the whole list a clickable because, sometimes 2 different clicks might be there on the same list item. like say the 1st blue line and also the discount is clickable. But i didnt get you. What is your final suggestion?? carry on with as it is? i cant use button, i mean i need to use Text only Commented Sep 24, 2012 at 13:29
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    The way it is in the screenshot WORKS, doesn't mean it's optimal. The web convention gets the job done, but at that point it's always going to feel like a webapp shoe-horned onto a mobile device. Usability-wise the blue links will be fine, but your app will lose some of that mobile shine ;) Commented Sep 24, 2012 at 13:58
  • I think show right arrow will feel clickable Commented Feb 14, 2019 at 10:47

If you're not in a browser or other environment that the user feels comfortable clicking links in, you must try even harder to delineate links or clickable elements. Blue with an underline is the standard styling for links and the user will immediate recognise them as such - remember "don't make me think!".

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    But in some android applications if something is implemented in Apple style. people say "This app isn't following Google UI patterns" or "Doesn't look like a native UI". Here it looks more like a Web URL link. Commented Sep 24, 2012 at 8:28
  • I suppose more detail is required to answer this question fully. Can you post a screenshot?
    – Matt
    Commented Sep 24, 2012 at 8:30
  • yes i added it to the question Commented Sep 24, 2012 at 9:19

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