Respond to a user sliding a finger down quickly on the screen

  1. Import the following classes:
    • net.rim.device.api.ui.TouchEvent
    • net.rim.device.api.ui.TouchGesture
    • net.rim.device.api.ui.Field
    • net.rim.device.api.ui.Manager
    • net.rim.device.api.ui.Screen
    • net.rim.device.api.ui.component.Dialog
  2. Create a class that extends the Manager class, the Screen class, the Field class, or one of the Field subclasses.
    public class newButtonField extends ButtonField {
  3. In your implementation of the touchEvent(TouchEvent message) method, invoke TouchEvent.getEvent().
  4. Check if the value that TouchGesture.getSwipeDirection() returns is equal to TouchGesture.SWIPE_SOUTH.
    protected boolean touchEvent(TouchEvent message) {
       switch(message.getEvent()) {
       case TouchEvent.GESTURE:
          TouchGesture gesture = message.getGesture();
          switch(gesture.getEvent()) {
             case TouchGesture.SWIPE:
                if(gesture.getSwipeDirection() == TouchGesture.SWIPE_SOUTH) {
                   Dialog.alert("Downward swipe occurred");
                   return true;
          return false;

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