Android ViewFlipper and ViewSwitcher with GestureDetector Swipes/Flings

While developing an Android application, most of us will encounter the need to integrate a section in our app where the user can switch between Views. So it should show one view which can be an ImageView or a collection inside LinearLayout, RelativeLayout, etc. at a time that can be swiped/flinged to move to the next or previous item. Think of a slideshow of images or a step-based process like e-commerce checkouts. Basically whenever you want to swipe through a set of related sections but show only one at a time then you can leverage ViewFlipper or ViewSwitcher class widgets that Android provides us. The detection of gestures can be achieved with major use of the MotionEvent class but we’ll make use of GestureDetector for this article.

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Using onTouchEvent() and View.OnTouchListener Interface with MotionEvent to Detect Common Gestures Like Tap and Swipes on Android

Touch gestures like tapping, swiping vertically/horizontally, panning, etc. occurs when a user places one or more fingers on the screen and by the time the last finger looses contact, the entire pattern of finger movements is interpreted as a particular gesture by your android application. First all the relevant data of touch events are gathered and then they’re interpreted to see which gestures they match and the pertaining actions are executed as specified in the code.

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Android Using a Scrollable ViewGroup Like ScrollView, ListView or GridView In a ScrollView With requestDisallowInterceptTouchEvent()

There are times when you want to have a scrollable ViewGroup like a ViewPager or a ListView or a GridView inside another scrollable ViewGroup like a ScrollView. You could have various combinations like a ViewPager in a ListView, a ViewPager and a ListView inside a ScrollView (this is what I had to do in my Android app), etc. in your application.

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