Questions tagged [smartphone]

A mobile phone with an advanced mobile operating system which combines features of a personal computer operating system with other features useful for mobile or handheld use.

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Why do most smartphones not have a physical keyboard?

The vast majority of smartphones sold today use a 'bar' or 'slate' form-factor, with a large screen which uses an on-screen keyboard. Blackberry are the one obvious manufacturer who still produce ...
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Do touch screens have a harmful psychological effect on people? [closed]

The touch screen is a radical change in the control of machines. For centuries, machines were operated by physical buttons. Perhaps the most important aspect of user experience for a physical device ...
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Multiple notifications for the same thing

I am not a UX expert but since I work in internet space I have some interest in it. I am slightly bothered by multiple notifications for the same thing I receive on my mobile phone (I use android). ...
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What are the reasons why the mobile apps market is more developed and active than the desktop one?

What are the reasons why the mobile apps market is more developed and active than the desktop one?
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Should I provide the option to change the language in an app?

Smartphones settings allow you to choose a default language thereby ensuring your application displays in that language. Is it useful to provide an option to change this language within my application ...
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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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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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Why do many/most (Android) phones have the power button opposite the volume buttons?

I have just bought a Nexus 5 phone. I love the phone, but like my previous two phones it gives me grief when turning the thing on or off. The problem is that the power button is almost directly ...
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What is the best mobile number authorization strategy?

In recent years, mobile number has become an important factor for authentication and hence more and more enterprises employ methods to capture their users' mobile numbers using SMS. In a typical ...
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Lateral Navigation with swipe views and tabs together with mapview

I've recently designed a new Android Application for a theme park. According to Android Design Guidelines: If your app uses action bar tabs, use swipe to navigate between the different views. ...
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Why do manufacturers allow Android's 'takeover'?

This is a question that I was wondering for quite some time. To provide some background, I bought a few physical devices with different screens and operative systems so we could test apps at the ...
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What color smartphone provides the best viewing experience?

This question is not as subjective as it sounds. Some background... Smartphones are commonly sold in black, white, silver, gold, and occasionally other colors. This is slightely dated (2013), but I'...
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How usable is it to present user with map rather than a list of places, on mobile phones?

I'm interested in seeing a tested study, or at least something more valid than personal opinions, if smartphone users find it usable or not usable to be taken onto map view rather than to a list of ...
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Overriding the default input method on smartphones

I am currently working on a project on which I'm asked to design a virtual keyboard that would replace the default one when a user needs to fill a form on the mobile version of all our websites and ...
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Do users care about notification settings?

Setting the stage: We have a mobile-app with multiple services from different domains. Each with their own alerts. We are only talking about PUSH NOTIFICATIONS Problem We send alerts from those ...
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In landscape mode on a smartphone, should the positioning of control elements be based on whether the phone points to the right or left?

Imagine a smartphone application, which has a number of control elements in its top row: Now, if the user rotates the phone to landscape view, it makes sense to rotate the control elements to make ...
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Phone or Tablet mockups: chicken or the egg?

What form factor should we start with, when the boss asks for "mobile" wireframes? Should we choose phone, full-sized tablet, or "mini" tablet - and why? I am finding the Nexus 7 a good starting ...
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Why colors are set to high saturated in most smarphones?

From the very first time of buying android smartphones, we see those colors which are less realistic. Only few percentage of people change it by going deep level down inside settings. Why it is set ...
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Advanced search query builder on smart phone

I'm developing a Windows Phone 8 app where all the pages are in portrait orientation. I have the problem of designing/porting this kind of a GUI to smart phones: download bmml source – ...
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Why don't most smartphones have front facing speakers?

It would seem to be most practical to have front facing speakers (other then for calls). I can think of at least one model that has this, and I know the iphone has "bottom" facing speakers, but why ...
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new type of hours input

I'm building an app for Smartphone devices where the user needs to input his hours per task (a.k.a timesheet) Unlike traditional keyboard, I designed an input for hours and minutes as the following ...
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Touchscreen: Select small zones from a huge scrollable image

My app lets the user take a picture of a sheet of paper, then select a block of 2-3 words, then another block. The user must be able to clearly read the (potentially tiny) written words, so she will ...
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Why aren't dynamic phone ringtones more mainstream?

Considering that we are being yelled at by electronic devices at a high rate, why don't we have dynamic, synthesized notification sounds in our electronic devices? Our brains can pick up nuanced ...
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What is the difference between Mobile Banking and Tablet Banking in terms of Design and User Experience?

I am a researcher in a team that has developed a Mobile Banking app for Smartphones (iOS, Android and Windows Phone) and now there is a request to develop that same app for Tablets. I think smart ...
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Dealing With The Lack of “HOVER” on Smart Phone Web Apps

I made this CardTrick back in 2006, at a time when it would have been predominantly accessed via a desktop computer (and not a smart phone). On a desktop computer, as the mouse hovers over any card, ...
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Smartphone indicator light colors - conventional meaning?

This is something I noticed on my Android device. When you have a notification, there's a slowly pulsing notification light when your phone is sleeping. e.g. This light comes in different colors, I'...
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Has there been any research on one-handed Dvorak layout and smartphone (swipe) keyboard travel distance?

The Dvorak simplified keyboard is optimised for low finger travel distance, leading to faster typing and less wrist pain compared to the Qwerty layout. On a smartphone, most people effectively only ...
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Multilayered form with multiple options in smartphone

I want to ask about multilayered options from the view of UI and UX. I need to make a form in Android about coverage area in which contains states, city and districts. User can choose multiple states ...
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Do smartphone users understand the term 'Push Notifications'?

We're including opt-in (on/off) for push notifications in an app, and I've heard feedback from project managers that some of the language might be too technical for the average shopper, like 'Push ...
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Determining app compatibility and iPhones?

I’m working on an app for iPhones and android devices. I’m trying to figure which smartphones the app will run in. In the case of the iPhone, I’ve seen that developers tend to develop the app so that ...
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Will users tolerate starting over when their key identification is changed?

The main function of my app: Two users select each other by phone number Neither of them is aware of the other at the beginning Based on certain activities over time, an event happens for both Due ...
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How to display products from various menu's in a smart way?

for an application in the restaurant business I am thinking of a smart way to display ALL menu items, both foods and drinks, from various menus. Now a restaurant may have several menu cards, so a ...
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Choosing which mobile devices to use for usability testing

When performing usability tests on mobile devices the results are influenced by the devices tested on. For example different sizes, OS-versions, resolution etc. To conduct a thorough test it is ...
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Why do most smartphones need to hold the power button in order to startup?

All of the smartphones I've owned required to hold down the power button for several seconds (ranging from 3 to 8 in some cases) in order to startup from a shutdown state. I've wondered why was such a ...
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2D action shooter “left-to-right” VS “bottom-to-top” experience

Which type of games is more suited for users on mobile platforms (phones, tablets) considering their thumbs movement? LEFT TO RIGHT like in R-Type? or BOTTOM TO TOP like in Xenon?
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Chinese Smart phone keyboard

Do the Chinese Smart phone keyboard need a lot of keys on their keyboard compared to the simple generic iOS keyboard that we see currently? (iOS has less keys and its simple to look at. Compare it to ...
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Keyboard layout for (learning to / switching) hands

I would like to know, if keyboards had songs for flipping the keyboard along the vertical axis of the phone's display, than would that happen someone who wanted to learn how to key in or swipe keys ...
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What percent of non-English-native people use English system language on their phone?

tl;dr: "What proportion of Spanish (or some other non-English native) people use English as their phone language?" I am writing an Android app. I plan to publish it primarily in a specific country. ...
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Best way to have volume buttons on phone?

I've been curious about how the volume buttons for phones could be improved and how they currently work. There are a couple different things that can be changed: Ringer volume Playback volume (...
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How to transform desktop UI to smartphone UI?

I have a live demo here, based on HTML, CSS, JS and Metronic. It's currently planned to be displayed on desktops, yet it's quite responsive (a little bit...) and I'd like to convert it to be displayed ...
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Side-by-side examples of skeuomorphic vs flat design? [closed]

Googling for what's news in Android Lollipop, I came across the concept of skeuomorphic design for the first time. I understand that this term means a digital design that retains aesthetic features ...
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Why are smartphones getting so big? [closed]

It seems there is now a global trend among smartphone manufacturers, which is to make them bigger, over and over. It reached a point where they have to make "mini" phones which often are low-end knock-...
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What is a small screen alternative for drag and drop?

I have a drag and drop question that looks good on full-screen but I can't shrink it down for phone screens so well. The page is navigating from top to bottom and has various knowledge checks as you ...
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Options for manual camera controls on a phone app

I am making an advanced camera app for Android. Right now, I have come up with 2 ideas for implementing 3 manual controls (focus distance, sensor sensitivity, and exposure time) on a touch screen: ...
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Image size high-fidelity prototype

What is the resolution and image size to use for high-fidelity UX prototypes? I am supply images to someone doing a UX design for smartphones-iphone and android, tablets and desktop--I am wondering if ...
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Landscape vs. Portrait on devices with disabled auto-rotation

We have an app which consists of screens ("Activity" in Android) which mostly enforce landscape mode, because they deal with camera viewing, camera recording, ... Because there are so many of them, ...
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Separate list for call history and messages or all in one list for messenger app UI

I am currently developing the prototype for a call and text messaging client for iOS. I would like to know what's the best way to display the call history. Currently my idea is that calls are just ...
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Patterns for a wizard inside an Android tablet/phone app

We are rebuilding a banking application for Android tablet and phone. With this banking application you are able to create a savings account. The creation process for phone currently exists out of a ...
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Deliverables to development Team - Mobile project (iOs and Android)

Do yo know how many mockups and what kind and type of deliverable a Visual designer should deliver to development team? For example, let me know if this is correct. For each page we should deliver: ...
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Should we bring back the user to the ABC mode on the SmartPhone keyboard automatically after they have entered some symbols/numbers/punctuation?

Should we bring back the user to the ABC mode on the SmartPhone keyboard automatically after they have entered some symbols/numbers/punctuation marks?