The mobile version of the webLyzard dashboard provides a user experience that is specifically tailored to the requirements of tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices. Ubiquitous access to digital content from different sources has never been easier. Fully compliant with HTML5 and other Web standards, the dashboard behaves like a native app on iPhone/iPad and Android devices. For desktop users, the mobile version provides a simple yet powerful alternative to the multiple coordinated views of the regular dashboard.
The icons at the bottom of the screen allow users to switch between eight different representations: (i) Document View, (ii) Quote View, (iii) Trend Chart, (iv) Pie Chart, (v) Tag Cloud, (vi) Keyword Graph, (vii) Cluster Map, and (viii) Geographic Map. Two additional icons let users define their search queries:
- Search. The magnifying glass icon in the upper left corner opens a sidebar with a search box. The auto-complete function is particularly useful for mobile devices by minimizing the required input. Its suggestions include keywords and identified entities (people, organizations and locations). The clickable terms underneath the text box allow users to quickly access previously defined topics.
- Source and Date Selection. The settings icon in the upper right corner opens a sidebar to select and deselect the available sources (news, social media, etc.), and to limit the search results to a specific time interval.
While preserving the fundamental design principles of the webLyzard dashboard, the mobile version aims to simplify the interaction and focus the user’s attention on one particular data representation. The dashboard is responsive and adjusts the layout to the size of the browser window, and to its aspect ratio when switching between portrait and landscape mode on mobile devices. This flexibility ensures instant access to Web intelligence in a wide range of usage scenarios – checking the latest market developments while traveling, for example, accessing the platform with limited bandwidth, or showing a secondary window while working on other tasks.
Following best practices of mobile application design, the mobile dashboard supports direct manipulation using touch inputs that loosely correspond to real-world actions. Examples include swiping to switch between the above-mentioned representations, pinching and reverse pinching to zoom in and out on the geographic map, and tapping to trigger searches or to interact with visual elements. Highly optimized rendering algorithms enable immediate processing of user input and provide users with a fluid multi-touch interface experience.