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2013 (Vol. 5, Issue: 06)
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Usability Dimensions for Mobile Applications-A Review

Rosnita Baharuddin, Dalbir Singh and Rozilawati Razali
Corresponding Author:  Rosnita Baharuddin 

Key words:  Empirical studies, evaluation, mobile applications, usability, , ,
Vol. 5 , (06): 2225-2231
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August 16, 2012 September 08, 2012 February 21, 2013

Usability has been increasingly recognized as a significant quality dimension to determine the success of mobile applications. Due to its importance, a number of usability guidelines have been proposed to direct the design of usable applications. The guidelines are intended particularly for desktop and web-based applications. Mobile applications on the other hand are different in many ways from those applications due to the mobility nature of mobile devices. To date, the usability guidelines for mobile applications are very limited. They in fact are isolated, which makes usability evaluation for mobile devices more difficult. This study aims to address this issue by proposing a set of usability dimensions that should be considered for designing and evaluating mobile applications. The dimensions are illustrated as a model that considers four contextual factors: user, environment, technology and task/activity. The model was proposed based on the reviews of previous related studies, which were analyzed by using content analysis approach. Twenty-five dimensions were found from the analysis. The dimensions however were synthesized and prioritized based on their importance towards designing usable mobile applications. As a result, ten most important dimensions were outlined in the model. The model can be used by practitioners and researchers as a guideline to design usable mobile applications and further research can be conducted in the near future.
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Rosnita Baharuddin, Dalbir Singh and Rozilawati Razali, 2013. Usability Dimensions for Mobile Applications-A Review.  Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology, 5(06): 2225-2231.
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