Generally speaking, people have less and less time at their disposal these days. A direct result of this development is the fact that people access information over the most popular medium of information broadcast, which is Internet, by using devices other than their stationary PCs and limited mobility laptops.
The marvels of mobile computing in smartphones and tablets have simplified the way we connect and interact with the world of Internet. Even otherwise, mobiles are a lot more than communication devices. Naturally, the designing community is both concerned and excited about the developments in the world of designing user experiences on mobile devices. Here are some of the more ingenious ideas doing the rounds of the cyber sphere.
ConvertBot’s Circular Menus
Converting basic units becomes a whole new pleasure with the circular menu brought to you by this cool iPhone app. Of course, there are several apps that will do the same functions for you in much simpler ways, routine is not always what the users want from simple apps, and Convertbot cashes on exactly that principle. The user interface of this app has some super cool animations, colors and textures with smooth transitions that make it a definite pleasure to use. The lesson to be learnt here – do not hesitate from treading the risky path.
Pull Down to Refresh with iPhone Apps like Foursquare, Gowalla and Tweetie
Here’s a worthy lesson to learn in terms of designing user experiences – never interrupt the flow of content. However, only a few apps have such direct and continuous methods of updating the content. This way, you are not disconnected from the current screen views while trying to refresh it. The vital lesson – stay away from disrupting content flow.
Increasingly, the power of integration is being acknowledged in the designing and delivering of user experiences for mobiles. This app integrates social networking, gaming, and the marvels of location based applications into one neat and classy package where users get to do a lot courtesy the app. Naturally, this one selects itself for this list of great mobile user experience designs.
The Guardian App
It is a lot more than a newspaper’s online delivery model translated into a mobile version. There is a lot of scope for customization of the home screen. Users can also specify sections of the newspaper that they want to view offline. Podcasts enhance the multimedia quotient of the app.
Acting as the interface between the real and the virtual world definitely helps, and ShopSavvy lets you do that. After the success of ShopSavvy, several other bar code scanning applications entered the phase of development.
Here’s another lesson that will help user experience design students in coming up with great designs – updates and episodic contents! Pocket God struck up the chords with gaming enthusiasts by delivering weekly features and updates to the simple looking game set on an island.
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