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Android Gestures

Android provides special types of touch screen events such as pinch , double tap, scrolls , long presses and flinch. These are all known as gestures.

Android provides GestureDetector class to receive motion events and tell us that these events correspond to gestures or not. To use it, you need to create an object of GestureDetector and then extend another class with GestureDetector.SimpleOnGestureListener to act as a listener and override some methods.
Its syntax is given below –

GestureDetector myG;
myG = new GestureDetector(this,new Gesture());
   class Gesture extends GestureDetector.SimpleOnGestureListener{
      public boolean onSingleTapUp(MotionEvent ev) {
   public void onLongPress(MotionEvent ev) {
   public boolean onScroll(MotionEvent e1, MotionEvent e2, float distanceX,
   float distanceY) {
   public boolean onFling(MotionEvent e1, MotionEvent e2, float velocityX,
   float velocityY) {

Handling Pinch Gesture

Android provides ScaleGestureDetector class to handle gestures like pinch e.t.c. In order to use it, you need to instantiate an object of this class. Its syntax is as follow –

ScaleGestureDetector SGD;
SGD = new ScaleGestureDetector(this,new ScaleListener());
//The first parameter is the context and the second parameter is the event listener. We have to define the event listener and override
// a function OnTouchEvent to make it work. Its syntax is given below-
public boolean onTouchEvent(MotionEvent ev) {
   return true;
private class ScaleListener extends ScaleGestureDetector.SimpleOnScaleGestureListener {
   public boolean onScale(ScaleGestureDetector detector) {
      float scale = detector.getScaleFactor();
      return true;