Mobile.

Ben Logan
26 April 2012

Summary Mobile apps should clearly prioritise key content and provide a ‘Back’ button if the device does not. Mobile apps should also minimise users’ data entry and ensure a consistent user experience across different mobile device orientations. Introduction – mobile app usability According to recent data, approximately 56% of the UK population have an active mobile-broadband subscription [1]. This means that designing for mobile devices has become a critical usability issue for most organisations. Whilst the usability guidelines for designing for mobile devices are still evolving (based on the audience’s developing familiarity with – and our usability knowledge of –…

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Ben Logan
23 April 2012

HTC recently launched the HTC One S smartphone, featuring the new Sense user interface (version 4.0).  Audiences had given mixed feedback on the previous version of the Sense user interface, with some consumers feeling that it was cumbersome and overly complicated.  The new version features numerous features and design touches that – its developers hope – will make it easier to use. At first glance, the interface does not look radically different to previous iterations, but small changes mean that it is much quicker and more convenient to use.  Users are now able, for example, to arrange many screens’ icons…

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Ben Logan
4 April 2012

Many Android smartphone users will be feeling chuffed today as Instagram (the popular photo-sharing app that’s had iPhone owners feeling superior since 2010) is now available on the Google mobile platform. Instagram’s biggest selling point is its use in social networking – it facilitates an excellent online community of photo-lovers of all types, allowing the sharing of a massive library of pictures. This free photo sharing application lets users take pics, apply a filter, and share it on the Instagram service or via a variety of other social networking services such as Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Tumblr, Flickr and Posterous. Following…

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Ben Logan
30 March 2012

Hulu Plus, the subscription service that has gained popularity by delivering TV shows on more devices in HD, has recently received a facelift to its user interface. What’s more, they are now flaunting the new look by making the Hulu Plus app, which can be installed free of cost through Google Play, compatibly available on seven more Android tablets. These include the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Motorola Xoom, Motorola Xyboard 10.1, Toshiba Thrive, Acer Iconia and LG G-Slate. The software display revamp aims to deliver a less cluttered and more appealing interface to keep viewers…

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Ben Logan
28 March 2012

Siri has proven to be very popular with iPhone 4S users – more than half of those polled in a recent survey claim to be very satisfied with Apple’s voice command system. In addition, rumours have already begun to spread about the possibility of Apple launching a TV set with a Siri voice interface. Only a small amount of users said that they were actually dissatisfied with the Siri system, however only 37% would like to see a similar interface made available for television sets. John Barrett, Director of Consumer Analytics at Parks Associates, the company who conducted the survey,…

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Ben Logan
21 March 2012

An enhanced version of MessagEase, which offers an innovative nine-key virtual keypad, has just been announced by its developer Exideas. The application, which is available as a free download for Android devices from the Google Play Store, allows users to input text at speeds as high as 60 words per minute, thereby maximising accuracy and minimising the potential for error. In doing away with the traditional QWERTY keyboard layout, MessagEase sets out to provide a new approach for text input, with a layout that has been scientifically optimised for mobile platforms. Saied Nesbat, President and CEO of Exideas, commented: “The…

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