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The physical mute and volume buttons affect all other apps too. It's better to have a mute button in your app because as a user I may only want to mute the notifications from your app and not others. For example, there's a chance I want to mute Facebook notifications but not those from Twitter. So for that I'd need a mute button in Facebook because the ...


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TL;DR: An app forcing me to use the global mute would be uninstalled in the blink of an eye. So they better have a mute function if they want to use audio at all. EDIT: The previous was a bit too short for an answer, here's an explanation: Audio is in essence quite intrusive, that is, you can hardly block it out. That's different from vision - you can ...


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Just a small extra consideration but I'll make it an answer anyway. I tend to listen to the radio via an app whilst playing casual games so need to be able to choose which app's volume to control. If I had to use the volume control for all apps I wouldn't be able to complete half of my objective (as I want to do both). This goes beyond the other answers that ...


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It's precisely because you only 'changed the layout' of your desktop app that your app seems cluttered and unusable on the tablet. It hasn't been designed for mobile - it was designed for desktop. The fact is you can't just change the layout of a desktop app and expect that to transistion suddenly to different type of device with a different set of ...


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You have lots of questions here; this answer will include my suggestions for some of them. Add item should be an action (in the action bar) on the list. Edit, Delete, Attach Multimedia, and Break down item seem like they should be actions on the item itself, therefore should be shown as actions on the item detail screen. Long-pressing the item in the list ...


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Should i try and fit all this on one page (so people can view all questions on the form and decide whether to complete or not)? Sequencing The key UX principle behind this is often called Sequencing. It stands for the simple concept that: People are likely to be more motivated performing small tasks (rather than big). So you can increase motivation by ...


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I would say a wizard 'stepped' process, with a progress tracker, is perfectly viable on a tablet. The full screen format should lend itself nicely to tapping through a form. Some related points to bear in mind keep amount of steps relatively low but… don't make each step too long clearly indicate on the progress tracker which step the user is on allow '...


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No, it's not always necessary. System-defined screens are not obligatory, and there is no need to reproduce clone pages/elements with minor changes. Alternatives to hi-fi prototypes are lo-fi wireframes, user journey maps, PRDs. Yes, paper sketches/prototypes are legitimate prototypes if they are detailed enough and capture/highlight on all important parts. ...


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download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups Two options I see, is to (A) move the back button up to the top right, where it is traditionally on a browser and iOS devices. This gives you room on the bottom to put the language option. Or (B) the language button could grow onto the logo bar, since it is more of a global setting ...


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Based on your image above, I would suggest something similar to the mockup below. For a pure mobile (smartphone) I personally believe that you need to reduce the number of images that a user might have to download only to help save on their initial bandwidth. For Tablet user I restored some of the images because of the screen size, it really helps to give ...


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Starting your app with the side panel open is generally a bad idea. You will firstly create a poor first experience where you bombard people with all the choices in there rather than providing them with a meaningful first page focused on content. Secondly, if you simply show this, it doesn't let people know how it was opened in the first place. If they ...


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I suggest you should use 'select+drag' approach instead. This is similar to 'double-tap-drag' described by PhonicUK but doesn't require immediate drag. User selects an item first by tapping it once, the item is then highlighted and ready for a drag operation. Other items won't accept drag until they are selected so scrolling is still available. I think I'...


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I recently had a project with a similar challenge. I was charged with rebuilding an application that relied heavily on hover text for help. With the updates focus on tablet and devices I had to figure out a new way to present this information. As a result, I relied on a lot of tap to expand interaction. After looking at your example. I am very glad the ...


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I'm not sure usage heat maps are all that useful, as users tend to interact with the regions where the most important controls are - regardless if they are in the optimum location or not. There are some optimal thumb range heat maps in an article about thumb reachability for different sized iPhones. It might be used with tablets as well by mirroring the ...


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Mobile OSes usually have broad scoped sound controls instead of app specific ones. Android (AOSP) sound volume has three separated controls: one for general effects and notifications, another one for multimedia apps and the last one for alarms. But those are system-wide, so adding sound controls into the app you can control the app specific sound volume ...


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There are few aother things you could do without explicitly providing buttons. LukeW provides a great presentation about some techniques to expose gesture. Here are a few ideas: Expose parts of content Provide a hint Animate to temporarily expose additional content


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Centered design, on top of each other both in landscape and portrait? Looks easy to use, but it really depends on context. I'm assuming the buttons are a group, and that's the basis of my design download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups


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Start with the smallest form factor first (in your case the phone) since the lack of space will give you the opportunity to require you to define the primary focus of the app and what is the primary content that must be provided to allow the user to do his task and not allow you to add too much extraneous stuff. While moving up to higher form factors, ...


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Your interface sounds fairly busy. Are you trying to take a pc interface and put it into a mobile or tablet version? If so, you should consider rethinking the interface by designing it as if there were no pc version.


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Web or Mobile? This sounds like a really useful native mobile application as I'm guessing it will be notification-centric that will alert the user when action is required. Things to consider before diving into native mobile development: Will this be OS-agnostic (i.e. will it run on iOS, Android, and possibly even Windows devices) Will it be a universal ...


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I haven’t seen any stats on the issue but I have a suggestion that might help narrow things down to allow you to conduct testing: Aggregate and prioritise game controls : Start by aggregating controls into logical entities and prioritise them inline of how you think the game should be played. Test and refine design and layout: Test and refine to distil ...


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I think your answer lies in your question, also it may only be 5% of traffic, but who are those users? I would find that out before ignoring them. My employer's main traffic comes from desktops due to the nature of what it publishes online (large documents). However the site is designed to be mobile responsive for ease of use on such a platform. Although ...


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The Opera browser uses this icon for exactly that purpose: And of course with the corresponding one for close:


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"Client explicitly asked for something connected to the world of agriculture" Perhaps you could argue the following simple metaphors: Touch to keep. To touch is akin to identifying with something, to form a bond, or to nurture or care for something. By using the word touch you are suggesting the user wants to keep the item. It's also the simplest gesture ...


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Implementing a wizard, or a stepped process should be no problem for tablets. Apps use this often in walkthroughs, and also registration/sign up processes, purchases and content creation. Walkthroughs These are essentially slides describing your app's functionality with a progress tracker to know what step you're on. Often accompanied with animations. You ...


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My only experience comes from what i have learned at school and experienced myself. So here comes my humble opinion on the topic. First of all there are different types but i don't know if there are better names than these: inception scrolling: if the page can scroll vertical, and a certain field on the page can also scroll vertical OR if the page can ...


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Well, the simplest solution to this would be to have two different login portals, I suppose. However, if that is not an option, you could look in to the following options: Which type of user uses the page the most? If user type A requires it more than type B, you could keep the user A login page as default with a link/button that redirects to type B. You ...


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Designate a specific visual handle for the drag-and-drop functionality. Have the mouse change to a different cursor when over that (usually the cross works well). Design the element in a way that suggests interaction - and some designs can also suggest the dragging possibility itself, like this corner of a WinXP window: or these dots on Gmail (on the ...


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In a banking application other sign up rules don’t apply. You need to know (from a credible source) that user A can identify herself as user A. This can’t be done by e-mail confirmation. You need a digital identity provider. Laws in Sweden, and probably also in the US, make sure that accounts and their transactions are validated over a certain amount. It’s ...


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