Google Maps now uses “kinetic scrolling (or flick charm)” feature inspired by operating systems designed for touch screens. Click on the map, quickly move your mouse and then release it. You’ll notice that the map continues to move with the momentum created after you released the mouse. “Kinetic scrolling is the popular term to denote the scrolling of a long list with a bit of physics so that user feels like moving a wheel. Such a list view is then often referred as a flick list, caused the scrolling involves some sort of flicking gestures. Made popular in iPhone, flick list quickly invades other mobile platforms with touch screen because it just feels so natural and more usable than using the conventional approach of scroll bars,” explains Ariya Hidayat.
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