Android developer: make your text views selectable
September 02, 2012
Historically, support for text selection and copy/paste on Android has been limited to text input fields only. (Some specific applications like the Browser and Gmail have also included their own implementations of text selection from other areas). Fortunately, starting with Android 3.0 the TextView component has built-in support for a consistent, system-wide selection & copying system.
However, this feature is not enabled by default for text views. Very few developers choose to enable it when appropriate: many probably don't even know of its existence. Enabling it is simple and only takes one extra attribute: