Mobile apps: History repeating itself

Mobile apps: History repeating itself

I recently came across an old web article called “Mobile Applications, RIP” by Michael Mace (formerly of Palm). This article proclaimed the death of native mobile applications, based on lack of compatibility and ease of development. The author proclaims the…

Whither the native app?

Earlier this month, over 60 developers attended the inaugural Seattle Android Developer’s Meetup to network, meet fellow developers, and eat free pizza. In addition, the meetup included talks from one of the developers of the lock screen replacement GOTO and…

Android's Dashboard pattern and screen changes

Android’s Dashboard pattern and screen changes

I’m on record here with my appreciation for the Twitter for Android client and the introduction of UX patterns for Android. In particular, the Dashboard pattern — the large grid of icons as the “main menu” of an app —…

Are there Android UX patterns? The answer is "yes."

Are there Android UX patterns? The answer is “yes.”

I am pretty certain that Tim Bray is not reading this blog. But it’s pretty odd that within days of asking the question whether UI/UX patterns exist for Android, and suggesting that Twitter for Android makes for a great template,…

Are there Android UX patterns?

Are there Android UX patterns?

Twitter set the Android community abuzz this week by releasing its promised official Android app. And as long as you were one of the 27.3% of users that could use it, what you got was, in my opinion, one of…