Improving the User Experience of a Mobile Photo Gallery by Supporting Social Interaction

Improving the User Experience of a Mobile Photo Gallery by Supporting Social Interaction

Elina Vartiainen (Nokia Research Center, Finland)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-984-7.ch060
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Abstract

Today, image gallery applications on mobile devices tend to be stand-alone and offline. For people who want to share photos with others, many add-on tools have been developed to connect the gallery applications to Internet services to enable photo-sharing. The authors argue that photocentric social interaction is best supported when the gallery application is fully integrated with an Internet service. In this case, no additional tools are needed and the user’s image content is fully synchronized with the service. They designed and implemented a service-integrated mobile gallery application with a corresponding Internet service. Moreover, they conducted a field study with 10 participants to compare our application with a state-of-the-art gallery application combined with an add-on photo-sharing tool. Their application was preferred by most participants and it was especially appreciated because of the user experience. Above all, the results show that social activity increased amongst the participants while using our application.

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