Auditory icon and earcon mobile service notifications: Intuitiveness, learnability, memorability and preference

S. Garzonis, S. Jones, T Jay, E. O'Neill

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Abstract

With an ever increasing number of mobile services, meaningful audio notifications could effectively inform users of the incoming services while minimising undesired and intrusive interruptions. Therefore, careful design of mobile service notification is needed. In this paper we evaluate two types of audio (auditory icons and earcons) as mobile service notifications, by comparing them on 4 measures: intuitiveness, learnability, memorability and user preference. A 4-stage longitudinal evaluation involving two lab experiments, a field study and a web-based experiment indicated that auditory icons performed significantly better in all measures. Implications for mobile audio notification design are presented.
Translated title of the contributionAuditory icon and earcon mobile service notifications: Intuitiveness, learnability, memorability and preference
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference Proceedings volume 1 - April 6th papers and notes
Subtitle of host publicationOn Human Factors in Computing Systems, the 27th international conference
EditorsD.R. Olsen, K. Hinckley, M. Ringel Morris, S. Hudson, S Greenberg
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages1513 - 1522
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781605582467
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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