Installing Android 8.1 has led to problems swiping on the Pixel 2/2 XL and certain Nexus models

Android 8.1 activated the Pixel Visual Core feature, enhancing the images taken with the already highly regarded cameras on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. And while the update also brought a security update with it, the new build created a little problem of its own. It was back on December 7th when the first thread appeared on the Google Support Forum describing an issue that was preventing some Pixel 2/2 XL and Nexus users from swiping up on the lock screen to enter their PIN code.

According to the threads that have been posted, it can take multiple attempts at swiping before the handset figures …

July security update not installing on the Pixel, but Google is working on a fix

It appears that many Pixel users have issues installing the latest July security patch released by Google earlier today. The update fails to install on the smaller Pixel phone, but the rest of the Nexus and Pixel devices don’t seem to have a similar issue.

The update that weighs in at around 60MB is supposed to fix critical bugs and improve performance and stability of the operating system. Unfortunately, if you have a Pixel phone, there’s a high chance that you’ll be met with an error message saying that there’s an installation problem that prevents the update from installing on the handset.

Since …

Android O new feature adds a progress bar when installing APKs

Android O has a ton of new features and we get to learn about them piece by piece, as various reports uncover previously unknown feats. The latest one is this useful progress bar that will help you know better how much time installing an APK will take, discovered by Android Police. 
Keep in mind that you get this while installing third-party APKs, and not in the Google Play Store, where you already have a progress bar.
The other cool new addition in comparison to Nougat is that you get …

Hide files or folder in Android smartphones and tablets without installing apps

Easy way to secure your Files and Folders in Android, here is how to hide files and folders on Android devices

Android smartphone has become the greatest boon in today’s life and most of the people would love to own an Android device, this is true for youngsters as well as oldies. Android is an operating system which provides many features to the user and hence it has gained such a vast publicity in a small time span.


Now, users also happen to save some important documents or personal videos and images or information in the Android for their convenience. It could happen that the smartphone may be accessible to friends or some family members and could be a case wherein they might land up getting access to this extremely confidential information which user does not want to share with anyone. If you are one of those who want to hide your files or folders from such unwanted access please read the below instructions and safely hide your files and folders from anyone who gets access to your phone:

 – Check if your Android device has the file explorer; mostly it would be available; however if your device does not have one then download the very versatile ES File Explorer File Manager from Here
– Open the file explorer also known as file browser and search for your file which has your confidential data that you do not wish to share with anyone
– You need to select the file or the folder and click on the “rename” option
– Now put “a dot” in the prefix that means put this sign prior to the name of the file or folder (for e.g. If you want to save some folder which has images then you need to put dot in front of the name of the folder as given here – .images)
– Basically Android is Linux based and when we use a (.) it thinks that this is a system file and by default it will hide this file or the respective folder……easy isn’t it?
– If you want to open this hidden file it is simple, just go to your file explorer and select this option “Show hidden file or folder”
– Suppose someday you feel that now that folder need not be in a hidden state all you need to do is rename the file by removing the (.) for e.g. if your file was “.image” now make it “image”….as simple as that.

Just by following these simple steps user can easily hide their files or folders from unwanted intrusions. So the data is now totally secured in the Android system and it cannot be seen either in gallery or in explorer. Not only that if user wants to get their file back from hidden mode even that is possible and user can hide and unhide their important data umpteen times.

Besides this user can also use the Applock to protect their applications from intruders. As the name suggests it provides privacy to the users. Important videos or pictures, chats and even sms, contacts and other apps like Facebook, Gmail……many more can be password protected from other users who might use their Android device, for e.g. friends or kids borrowing the Android device to play games.

User needs to open the Applock, go to the Left side menu and in the settings they can lock the required applications from intruders. To unlock these applications either user can enter “#password” in their dial pad, and tap call button to open AppLock. Or the Applock can be unlocked by putting “” and opening the website in the browser. User can also protect other users from unlocking their Applock by using the advanced settings option given in the main menu of Applock. The Applock is available in 3 methods: 1) Paid 2) Free and with ads 3) Free version.

Users can avail Applock through this site: This Applock can be downloaded from here