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Side Drawer Navigation Could Cost Half Your User Engagement

Side Drawer Navigation Could Cost Half Your User Engagement
Anthony Rose is co-founder and CTO of zeebox, the social network for TV. So, you have a mobile app where there are more pages or sections than can fit on a mobile screen at once. Your first thought might be to create a tabbed design, with a row of tabs along the top or buttons along the bottom. But wait… that extra row of tabs or buttons wastes a lot of valuable real estate on a small mobile display, so let’s not do that. Instead, let’s move the options into a side menu, or side drawer, as our Android team keep reminding me it’s called. If your mobile app has multiple views then I would be surprised if this subject has not been vigorously debated by your team: Persist all the navigation options on screen at all times so your users have clear visibility of all the main app views and single-click access to them.Or, free up screen real estate by moving the options into a side menu. I thought it worth sharing our experience. Side navigation or Top navigation drawer: Usability vs. clean design

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