Detecting Click vs Hold

Nathan Sokalski 4,116 Reputation points

I have several View(s) in which I want the user to be able to click and/or hold. The Click event is obviously used for clicking, and the Touch event for holding. However, I only want ONE of the events to occur (I know they will both always happen, but hopefully you know what I mean by clicking vs holding) based on whether the user keeps their finger pressed or releases it immediately. The best way I could come up with to solve this scenario is to use a timer to determine how long the View has been pressed, although this seems very inefficient. Is there any good or standard way to detect whether the user is clicking or holding?

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  1. Yonglun Liu (Shanghai Wicresoft Co,.Ltd.) 24,356 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor


    There is no API for long press in touch events, so you could only use a timer to distinguish click from long press.

    In addition, it is more recommended to use LongClick event, if you only want to distinguish click from long press.

    If you want to try this way, please refer to the following code:

       public class LongClickLis : Java.Lang.Object, IOnLongClickListener   
           public bool OnLongClick(View v)  
               // handle long press event  
               return true; // add it to to distinguish `click` from `long press`.  
       // in the activities:  
       textView.Click += ShortOnClick;  

    Best Regards,

    Alec Liu.

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