Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Spotted: A study on icon arrangement by smartphone users

How folks organize the many icons on their cell phones. 

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// published on Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems-Latest Proceeding Volume // visit site

A study on icon arrangement by smartphone users
Matthias Böhmer, Antonio Krüger

The number of available mobile applications is steadily increasing. People have rapidly adopted application stores as means to customize their devices with various functionalities that go beyond communication. Understanding the principles of mobile application usage is crucial for supporting users within this new ecosystem. In this paper, we investigate how people organize applications they have installed on their devices. We asked more than 130 participants for their habits for icon arrangement and collected more than 1,400 screenshots of their devices' menus to further ground our findings. Based on this data we can distinguish five different concepts for arranging icons on smartphone menus, e.g.

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