An Emerging Android UI Pattern for Contextual Actions

April 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

Tjerk's Tech Blog

When showing a ListView on Android, there are often more actions associated with a single list item. Providing access to these actions in a simple manner is not easy. This article provides insight into how this problem was solved in the past.

Consequently it explains an emerging UI pattern which provides a much better solution. And last-but-not-least, an open source implementation, which you can use in your Android project.

Important note: I did not invent this pattern, it is already used by some high quality Android apps, such as the new Spotify app. Which initially gave me the idea to implement it myself.

Older Approaches

Some different approaches where used in the history of Android (1).

  • By long-pressing on the list item.
    • This would bring up a context menu, where the user can choose the appropiate action.
  • By swiping the list item left or right
    • After the…

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