Questions tagged [mobile-application]

A software application designed to run on smartphones, tablet computers and other mobile devices.

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How to make a map obviously clickable?

Location based Q&A I am developing a location-based Q&A app. The main screen of the app features a map with a search box above it. When the user chooses a location, the "ask" button at the ...
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Where did the 3 dot 'user is typing' feedback you see on messenger apps originate?

I've noticed a lot of messenger apps such as HipChat and Facebook Messenger have implemented a horizontal 3 dot icon which signifies a user is typing. I'm curious to know how this icon came about ...
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Should iOS native app be distinctly different than the responsive website's mobile version?

I was in a training session, where a room full of designers were learning iOS prototyping in Xcode, and there was an individual there who came from Apple to make sure everything in the course was done ...
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New users choose sign in over app try-out in first use screen

We have an mobile application that allows new users to try the application as "ghost" users before signing up to become certified users. The application has a first use screen that tells users that it ...
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Should I empty the wrongly filled fields or leave as user has filled after validation message?

In our mobile applications (intended for Android and iOS platforms), we have fields that should be filled by users. If the user fills the field not in required format what should I do show the ...
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Should I force the user to enter an email before actually using a paid app?

I am working on an iPad app. It's in the medical field and the app will be sold for $99, which is kind of expensive! The client and the developer want to force the user to give his/her email address ...
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What cues can I use to nudge users away from setting extreme values on a slider?

I have a mobile photo app that allows users to adjust things like brightness, contrast and saturation via sliders. The default value for all sliders is the center position between two extremes. While ...
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Monthly budget screen - need to take into account whether it's early/late in the month

I’m currently working on a budget management mobile app. The app has a screen which shows a list of categories, and for each one the following information is displayed: How much spending money the ...
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Designing App Interface for Parkinson's Patients?

I am currently in the process of designing a UI for an app to be utilized by Parkinson's patients. I am struggling to make the interface as intuitive as possible, as of now I have minimized visual ...
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Will users know a CardView is clickable?

I am working on a personal project to sharpen my mobile development and UX skills and ran into a small UX dilemma. Each CardView contains some data and a start button that, when pressed, will take ...
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How to make horizontal scroll obvious?

The current project I am currently working on has one screen we display a list of contents which you can scroll vertically and when user taps on the share button on content it loads a list of people ...
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Recommended value for connection timeout on mobile devices

How long would you prompt the user with an indicator before showing a connection error? On the one hand a mobile user doesn't like waiting forever until the indicator disappears. On the other hand a ...
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Use of TWO hamburger menus in mobile app

I have a client who INSISTS on using TWO hamburger menus in their app: one in the top left, one in the top right. This is to basically mirror functionality from two related websites: one uses the left ...
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Is there any evidence to back up the theory elderly people won't know how to use a smartphone?

I was discussing with my boss earlier and he mentioned that the app I am currently designing for iOS and Android will be used by elderly people. We then began to plan around the same old theory that ...
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Is it better to start app UI design for iPhone 5 or 6?

This question drives me crazy, as well as my dev colleagues. For which iPhone screen resolution I should begin designing so during development it easier adapts on other devices? Usually, I start ...
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Mobile app navigation: Back vs. cancel

I am designing a mobile app in which there is at least one multi-step process. Throughout the app, I want the back button to mean back one step, but not up a level in information hierarchy. During ...
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Should I be more worried about creating a consistent UI among platforms or creating native experiences? [duplicate]

I am starting to develop for all three major mobile platforms (Android, iOS, and Windows UWP), and have run into a UX issue a few times. Each platform has it's own design guide. Android has Material, ...
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Is showing a loader inside a button on mobile a good practice?

On many apps the "loading" state is displayed inside a blank screen. I was considering having it directly inside the touched button but I wanted to know if it's something common. I don't have example ...
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Placeholder text vs. disabled text

I currently develop some forms in a desktop application. There is the idea to use placeholder texts in some input fields (edits) as known from HTML forms or touch systems like smartphones. But ...
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Circular navigation on a mobile app

I am developing a whisky app. As you can see in the schema below, the app navigation contains circular loops. During navigation the user can swipe for the sidemenu to go directly back to timeline, ...
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What's the best location for a Continue button on multi stage Mobile App?

My app has multiple pages, each page the user adds info and continues to the next page. Where is the best place for the Continue control? Bottom & Centered for hierarchy or top right for ...
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If guessing a display name, what kind of confirmation is needed?

In an iPhone app of mine, the user needs a display name, that appears for other users. I found out that I can guess a user's display name. In the mockup below I have guessed that it should be "Sanna"....
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Best way to show payment sites for in-app purchases in mobile phone apps

The other day I made a few purchases using a mobile phone app (Android). I used Paypal, but this could be applied to any payment gateway actually. Thing is, the application was just opening a "Window"...
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Customization of UI for single hand use

Looking at some articles written about Apples's new patent on specialised detection circuitry to whether the user is using the phone with their left or right hand, it leads to potential applications ...
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Is culture or language a stronger influence on UI design differences?

I read the article by Dan Grover on Chinese Mobile app UI trends and the differences compared to English or western mobile apps. The main list is provided below: Input is Hard Indeterminate Badges ...
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Notify in-app or device-level in an enterprise mobile app

User is suppose to use this app all day in the field while taking orders. Order could be saved offline (when network is not available) and saved on server when network is available again. If the data ...
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Design for Application consistency or follow OS convention?

When we design applications to be used in the new world of cross channeling, we need to take into account a lot of different factors. Not only do we need to address in which environment the app is ...
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Why have a splash screen and best practices for native app

I am designing a splash screen for a native mobile app. I am wondering if expect for the brand identity there are any reasons from a UX perspective to include a splash screen in the app and if there ...
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Expressing brand personality in the UI with animation

Working on giving some character to the APP UI by coming up with some animation presets. These could be used on various elements of the app and will be included in a style guide. Hope to follow a ...
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Are click-to-edit fields appropriate for mobile UX?

I have used click to edit fields for a html5 application which makes it slick to use on a desktop but I am not sure how the click-to-edit fields would be perceived by mobile users. Would it be ...
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UX strategies and its implementation aimed at preventing RSI in mobile apps?

I have seen many desktop software for office workers like Workrave, Guardian-EOS and RSI Guard (Remedy Interactive is apparently same company behind Guardian-EOS) out there to prevent repetitive ...
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“Your app is empty man!” / How to modify UI/UX to stop this kind of feedback?

I own an application aiming to make people meet each other around activities/outs. There are two ways of suggesting an activity/out to other members: Inviting anybody at once. All members would then ...
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Having the “Hamburger Menu” to the right, shouldn't menu items be right-aligned as well?

It's clear that the Hamburger Menu should be to the right of a native app and web application. At least our community concluded (through voting) on the question Hamburger menu icons - should they be ...
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Location based screen, location unavailable

I am working on a section of my app that requires the users location to pull data from an API. Given a scenario where the location is unavailable to the app, what would you guys suggest? A couple of ...
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Should apps' design evolve according to the OS version?

In iOS 7, Apple revamped the whole OS's look and feel. Removing a lot of gloss and 3D stylistic elements. Does this mean that the apps built for iOS 7 must change as well to match this new style? ...
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How would you display hundreds of sports teams for a user to choose from?

I have been wrestling with this problem for a couple of days. I have hundreds of sports teams broken down by leagues and geographic locations. For example: English Premier League: Manchester ...
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Why does a personal identification number (PIN) code only contain 4 digits?

I'm in the process of designing an app that allows users to sign in via a personal identification number (PIN) code. I'm curious to know why a typical pin code usually contains four numbers, and why ...
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Are there guidelines on the timing and frequency of notifications?

I'm noticing an increase in the number of app notifications that seek a more continuous engagement threshold. Then, I get notifications about almost anything, at least once per hour. The extreme ...
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How to make user understand differences in swipe actions

In an iOS application the user can swipe a card left or right and each has a different meaning. Swipe left skips the card and presents the next one. Swipe right spreads the content to other users. ...
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Which accessibility standard for mobile app?

The W3C has created accessibility guidelines for websites. A is the least accessible, and puts the least constraints on the design, AAA is the most accessible, and puts the biggest constraints on the ...
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What is the way to show sections (chapters, bookmarks…) in videoplayer for mobile?

We have text descriptions of video content with corresponding links to the timeline. Is there a proper way to show such sections to the user, so one could see all the sections and navigate with them? ...
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Importance of colors in a mobile application?

I am software + hardware engineer who possibly does a same common job as others with a similar qualification. I am under the process of designing, developing and publishing a mobile application where ...
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Visually distinguish between build environments (dev, qa and production)

During the development of our mobile applications, they go through a development phase, a QA phase and are finally released into production. We create separate builds of the applications for each ...
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Alternative to signin without account

I have a login screen, the user has two options: 'Signin with Facebook' 'Continue without signin' (no account registration required) The button text for the second option I have chosen is: '...
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How to display results from a search that searches across two entities

I am working on a lyrics site. The site is very much a work in progress. This is a re-write of the site. On the old site, Google Analytics informed me that 90% of my users were mobile users. So that ...
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Why there is <- Back button on top of tool bar in Android

Recently i have noticed there an <-(Back Arrow Button) on top of the tool bar in new material design themes.We have an back button in android then why do we need The top back button arrow. Not ...
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What is the best place to put form submission buttons in a mobile application?

It's the first time that i came across the design of a mobile-only UI app. I'm not experienced with it and i would like to know what is the best place to put form submission buttons in a mobile ...
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In a mobile app should input fields have a placeholder prompt or a label?

I'm designing an app that is crowd sourced and therefore needs to be as simple as possible to use. One of the big things about the app is that users can upload things themselves using an input form ...
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Why is it ok that apps don't respond to device orientation but webpages are expected to?

There are plenty of mobile apps that only work in a single orientation. Landscape (Garageband, lots of games), Portrait (Settings, Phone, Remote, App Store, Twitter, Facebook, lots of games) What ...
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In what instances should a bottom navigation be hidden (mobile app)?

Many mobile apps have bottom navigation (think Instagram, Twitter, etc.). However, for some of the pages / processes, the bottom navigation disappears. E.g. On Instagram, once you do the process of ...

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