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Android Browsers and mouse over

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by LeoBloom, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. LeoBloom

    LeoBloom Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Would anyone tell me why this is a problem? We're on the 4th iteration of this operating system and it doesn't seem that any browser on android is capable of doing proper mouse-over functionality.

    For instance, go to the fullsite version of verizonwireless.com and focus on the "explore, shop, my verizon, support" buttons.

    On the computer, mousing-over produces a submenu that allows you to narrow down your choice; clicking on the button will take you to another webpage.

    On iOS, touching the button will produce the mouse-over submenu, and touching the button again will take you to the other webpage

    On Android, touching will take you straight to the other webpage, bypassing the submenu all together. Getting to that submenu, requires holding your finger down just long enough so that Android realizes you aren't trying to move the frame, and just short enough (achieved by moving your finger to a different direction) so that the browser menu doesn't pop up.

    It's clumsy, and these type of submenus are common on the internet. The iOS does it, why not Android?

    I'm not trying to start a flame war, I do not like iOS for other reasons. I just want to hear your opinions.

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  2. John Redcorn

    John Redcorn Android Enthusiast

    No mouse over animated previews on the tube sites leads to some interesting but oftentimes horrible results.
  3. Saltine713

    Saltine713 Android Enthusiast

    You can get the mouseover effect by holding down the object for a second then swiping it away.
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  4. LeoBloom

    LeoBloom Newbie
    Thread Starter

    But that's exactly what I'm talking about. I know it's possible but the whole procedure is a bit awkward especially when explaining it to someone borrowing my android phone or tablet.
  5. Stuntman

    Stuntman Android Expert

    So that's how you do it. I had my tablet for 4 month now and couldn't figure it out.

    I find that the mouse over equivalent in Android is unintuitive. In comparison the iPad just requires you to tap on the spot to get the mouse over effect. I found the iPad more intuitive in some aspects of the UI.
  6. UssjTrunks

    UssjTrunks Android Enthusiast

    The iPhone is on the 5th iteration of its operating system and it still can't interact with Flash content or play videos. You can't have everything. Be happy that the feature actually exists, and even if it didn't, it would hardly matter as clicking the link achieves the same result (oh no, you have to navigate an extra page!).
  7. LeoBloom

    LeoBloom Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Trunks, the point here is not that I can't get used to Android's idiosyncrasies but that when I lend my android tablet to someone, I feel uneasy about them using it because of these unintuitive quirks. These little things make the average person dismiss my tablet in place of an iPad.

    Occasionally, I myself miss my old iPad's polish and intuitiveness especially when navigating non-mobile website becomes a frustrating experience (especially if I know my old iPad handled it quite well)

    And sure, we have flash, but handling a webpage was always a bit awkward when there was flash content. (Think about those little flash advertisements that would be placed smack in the middle of a webpage which would literally cut into your browser UI while scrolling. Or the fact that you can't pinch-zoom or scroll the page if you are touching a flash element.)
  8. Stuntman

    Stuntman Android Expert

    I find that as an Android user, I do get lost sometimes when using an iPhone. I find the UI and general UI conventions to be a little foreign to me on iOS. The mouse over is one aspect that I do feel iOS is better than Android. However, it doesn't necessarily mean Android is necessarily unintuitive to the average person who has used neither the iPad nor an Android tablet.

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