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Replying to:  Scrolling to the end of a list? by Globhead   Aug 25, 2012, 12:46 AM

Rubber-band effect

by Rich Brome (Moderator)    Aug 25, 2012, 6:28 AM

No, that's just a very brief way to talk about the patent. The patent is actually for the specific way an iPhone does it. An iPhone will let you scroll a bit past the end of a list, showing a background texture, and slowing down. Then when you let go, it jumps back to the proper end of the list/screen. It's as if there were a rubber band holding the end of the list in place, which is why it's sometimes called the "rubber-band patent."

Many Android phones did lists the same way, until Apple started enforcing its patent. Now everyone's working around that patent. Android - by default - now shows a growing blue glow at the end of lists. HTC phones now have an effect where list items split apart; still with a sort of rubber-band effect, just not the way it's described in Apple's patent.

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