Sliding sidebar, sliding menu, ribbon menu, animation layout, side view, action menu.....
The following are example libraries or source codes that can be used within android code to display this side bar menu effect:
Out of the many views and different ways of effectively producing the same look, I ended up starting with the Animation Layout available from the https://github.com/walkingice/gui-sliding-sidebar example above and modifying it to work with my requirements.
All of the examples above aren't perfect answers to developing this view but if you are looking to write this type of view in native android code then they are a great starting point.
Other android apps using a similar view for examples:
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