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On Android, I want to create a drop-down menu of buttons activated on touch on the right of the screen, with a 'close' button to return to original closed state. Is a Spinner the appropriate UI element?

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As ever - it depends. Could you add a mock-up of the screen? The added context might help guide the answers. –  edeverett May 25 '11 at 8:32

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No.

A spinner increments/decrements a value or walks through a list of values. It only shows one value at a time.

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Thanks! What is the appropriate UI element. –  dbv May 25 '11 at 10:13

I believe the standard control (at least for a fullscreen dropdown menu) would be a reasonably large tap area with a small circle-and-arrow icon like the one next to the radio buttons here:

http://psdho.me/buttons/google-android-grafic-user-interface-psd-file.html.

The close button would probably go under the scrollable area with the menu items. Try looking under Settings on an Android phone.

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Without having drilled down to the exact pertinent info, you might find this useful: developer.android.com/guide/topics/ui/index.html –  agib May 25 '11 at 13:36

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