Usability and Design Issues of Smartphone User Interface and Mobile Apps for Older Adults


Wong, Chui Yin and Hamid, Tengku Aizan and Ibrahim, Rahimah and Mansor, Evi Indriasari (2018) Usability and Design Issues of Smartphone User Interface and Mobile Apps for Older Adults. International Conference on User Science and Engineering, 886. pp. 93-104. ISSN 1865-0929

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Smartphones have become essential communication tools for older adults to stay connected with their family and peers. The older adults are generally perceived as techno-phobic, and this poses challenges for them to adopt some advanced features on smartphones. Moreover, smartphones and some mobile apps are not designed to meet the needs and expectations of older adults. This hinders them from fully utilizing their functions and services. A mobile-user interaction study was conducted to examine the usability of smartphone user interface and mobile apps among 80 older adults. The 4 tasks were ‘making and retrieving voice calls’, ‘using phone book’, ‘installing a mobile app from Google Play Store’, and ‘using WhatsApp’. The usability result revealed that the ‘voice call’ task had the highest success task completion rate (83.44%), followed by phonebook (70.16%), mobile app (63.13%) and using WhatsApp (60.42%). To conclude, majority faced problems downloading a mobile app from Play Store. Although WhatsApp is their favourite communication app, it reveals the usability problems of using features such as sending audio recording files. They feared of upgrading their apps as they were not familiar with the notifications. There is still some room to improve issues in smartphone user interface design especially for older adults’ cohort.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mobile apps, usability, smartphone, older adults, design
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering > TK5101-6720 Telecommunication. Including telegraphy, telephone, radio, radar, television
Divisions: Faculty of Creative Multimedia (FCM)
Depositing User: Ms Suzilawati Abu Samah
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2021 21:08
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2021 21:08


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