Meanwhile, touch screens have become common on mobile phones and other devices.
- The devices are all small meant to be used anywhere. So any content has to be primarily for online purposes (no one will want to lug a printer on the bus :))
- User attention spans are shorter
- Smaller devices although convenient in terms of access are not great for doing "work"
- Users find it difficult to read when the pages scroll too much or when there are too many pages to jump through
- Users will probably do other things - like attending a call in between tasks
- Users might want to share information and would look to post content to websites and friends
The scenario is even more complicated as each device has its own operating system, user interface, icons, navigations methods, and standards.
Flash and heavy graphics may not work well - so user experience designers had better look at HTML and other technologies.
By design these mobile devices will test anyone's patience. These devices are positioned for those on the go - students, working professionals, and fun lovers. Thus, such users will be impatient when they are seeking information.
More on this coming up...