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Navigation menu for Android (based off Google+ app)

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Implementation of the emerging fly-in menu pattern for Android apps. This utilises a high-level modification of the application window to add the fly-in menu (FIM), which is loaded from a menu resource.

This implementation is based on RibbonMenu (Copyright David Scott), but much expanded. It includes support for SearchViews and custom views, improved animations (with two different styles) and is cleaner to use.


Basic usage

Set your activity to override FlyInFragmentActivity. You can load the FIM at any time by calling loadFlyInMenu(..), after which you can attach custom views (getFlyInMenu().setCustomView(..)) or initalise a SearchView (below).

The fly-in animation can be one of two options set using setFlyInType(..).

  • FLY_IN_OVER_ACTIVITY brings the fly-in menu over the Activity, obscuring it (left screenshot).
  • FLY_IN_WITH_ACTIVITY pushes the Activity's contents to the right (right screenshot).

Fly over imageFly with image


You can enable a SearchView widget for the top of the FIM. After you have loaded your FIM (see above), call enableSearchView() on the FIM instance, which can be obtained using getFlyInMenu(). Once enableSearchView() has been called, you can retrieve and act on the SearchView with FlyInMenu.getSearchView(). Bear in mind, this won't work below Android 3.0, and you should place any calls dealing with the SearchView in conditional clauses.

Icon guidelines

Icons are 24x24dp and follow the icon guidelines for Holo dark action icons. For quick reference:

  • ldpi : 16x16px
  • mdpi : 24x24px
  • hdpi : 36x36px
  • xhdpi : 48x48px

The icon should be white with 80pc opacity.

Known Issues/Upcoming features

  • The fly-in style isn't currently retained over configuration changes, fix coming soon
  • Better styling
  • Slide-to-close fly-in menu
  • (Maybe) a "slide-under" fly-in menu, where the Activity slides over to reveal the fly-in menu
  • Support for shadows


Copyright 2012 Alex Curran, David Scott in parts

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

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