University of Oulu

Available approaches to heuristic evaluation of smart-phone applications

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Author: Lämsä, Tomi1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Information Processing Science
Format: ebook
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.5 MB)
Pages: 30
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Language: English
Published: Oulu : T. Lämsä, 2019
Publish Date: 2019-03-27
Thesis type: Bachelor's thesis


Usability heuristics are a lightweight tool for finding usability problems in a piece of software. These heuristics can be used for any kind of software, from desktop applications to web sites to games and to smart-phone applications. With the rise of smart phones and applications developed for them there has been a need to update the approach of heuristic evaluation to consider the limitations and new possibilities brought by smart-phone applications, when compared to more traditional desk-top applications.

In this bachelor’s thesis different these issues are discussed, and along this several lists of usability heuristics were identified and listed. In addition to listing out the current research on smart-phone application heuristics, these lists were compared against the issues that are specific to smart-phone applications. Research questions in this thesis are as follows:

RQ1: What guidelines / usability heuristics can be found that specifically target mobile device user interfaces?

RQ2: How do these heuristic lists consider the difficulties faced by smart-phone applications?

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