Mobile and Tablet Interfaces

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It appears that touch screen interfaces are getting more popular by the year. This is extremely useful regarding the latest mobile phone and tablet devices which operate functions by touching the icon with your finger.

According to Anthony (2013) from the UX Movement, users “prefer to swipe horizontally through a full screen photo gallery”. This has design implications for interfaces with image-heavy content. Anthony further explains that iPad users swipe horizontally 93% of the time. In portrait, they swiped horizontally 82% of the time. This is statistically significant evidence for a horizontal inclination and that the swipe direction isn’t just a random behavior. Regardless of portrait or landscape orientation, it seems that most users instinctively prefer to swipe image-heavy interfaces horizontally.

As an example, the interface for Google News is specifically formatted and optimised for touchscreen phones and tablet devices. Based on which device you use to view it, you will be automatically directed to the best Google News view for your device. When this happens, the interface settings will have identified the size of the device you are accessing from, and will display content more clearly in a tablet or mobile specific view.