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Select and apply: understanding how users act upon objects across devices

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>08/2015
<mark>Journal</mark>Personal and Ubiquitous Computing
Issue number5-6
Number of pages16
Pages (from-to)881-896
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date12/02/15
<mark>Original language</mark>English


As our interactions increasingly cut across diverse devices, we often encounter situations where we find information on one device but wish to use it on another device, for instance, a phone number spotted on a public display but wanted on a mobile. We conceptualize this problem as Select & Apply and contribute two user studies where we presented participants with eight different scenarios involving different device combinations, applications and data types. In the first, we used a think-aloud methodology to gain insights on how users currently accomplish such tasks and how they ideally would like to accomplish them. In the second, we conducted a focus group study to investigate which factors influence their actions. Results indicate shortcomings in present support for Select & Apply and contribute a better understanding of which factors affect cross-device interaction.