Overlapping LinearLayout on map inside RelativeLayout

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http://stackoverflow.com – I have a google map and a linearlayout inside a relativelayout. The linearlayout becomes visible after certain interactions with the map and overlaps the map then. The overlapping linearlayout includes some controls, but clicking or touching the controls in the linearlayout influences the map, which is placed below the linearlayout in the UI. How can I make my linearlayout respond to touchevents (not the map)? Here is my layout <RelativeLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="fill_parent" > <in (HowTos)