ACTION_CANCEL while touching

I has the following class that represents a View that is touchable and draw a Slide Bar.

public class SlideBar extends View {
private int progress;
private int max;

private Paint background;
private Paint upground;

private RectF bar;

private boolean firstDraw;

public SlideBar(Context context, AttributeSet attrs) {
    super(context, attrs);
    progress = 0;

    upground = new Paint();

    background = new Paint();

private void onFirstDraw() {
    max = getWidth();
    bar = new RectF(0, 19, max, 21);

public void onDraw(Canvas canvas) {
    if (!firstDraw) {
        progress = max;
        firstDraw = true;
    canvas.drawRoundRect(bar, 5, 5, background);
    canvas.drawCircle(progress, 20, 9, upground);

public void setValue(int value) {
    progress = value;

public boolean onTouchEvent(MotionEvent evt) {
    progress = (int) evt.getX();
    return false;

But when touching and dragging it, I receive a ACTION_DOWN, some ACTION_MOVEs then receive a ACTION_CANCEL and no further events.

Why it's happens? I don't want to cancel the event and enable it to keep dragging bar.


  • An ACTION_CANCEL happens when a parent view takes over control of one of its children views.

    Take a look at the documentation around ViewGroup.onInterceptTouchEvent(MotionEvent) method. From the link:

    1. You will receive the down event here.
    2. The down event will be handled either by a child of this view group, or given to your own onTouchEvent() method to handle; this means you should implement onTouchEvent() to return true, so you will continue to see the rest of the gesture (instead of looking for a parent view to handle it). Also, by returning true from onTouchEvent(), you will not receive any following events in onInterceptTouchEvent() and all touch processing must happen in onTouchEvent() like normal.
    3. For as long as you return false from this function, each following event (up to and including the final up) will be delivered first here and then to the target's onTouchEvent().
    4. If you return true from here, you will not receive any following events: the target view will receive the same event but with the action ACTION_CANCEL, and all further events will be delivered to your onTouchEvent() method and no longer appear here