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14 May 2018
This stems from me wanting to be able to do something that should be quite simple.

I want to play and control playback of audio over a wired headset while the Gemini is shut and in my pocket. The audio playback question itself is solved in another thread here. This one is specific to the lid switch behavior. Audio player information here is given on background to detail why I want the lid switch behavior to be different.

I have an Android earbuds headset with Android compatible in-line three button remote. The remote allows me to:
Top button = volume up
Middle button 1X = play or pause toggle
Middle button 2X = next track
Middle button 3X = previous track
Bottom button = volume down

On the Gemini, this works fine as long as the lid is open. Normal operations with the audio program open = perfect. 'locked' at the lock screen with audio controls = perfect.

Close the Gemini lid, though, and the audio continues, but the controls fail.

When the Gemini lid closes, what state does the unit place itself in? This isn't the same as most Android phones screen-off state. It is something else - but what to call this? Tupor?

Where is the Gemini lid close behavior monitored and maintained in the software stack? Is there a hidden menu somewhere that allows the user to override it's default settings?
13 May 2018
Typing this on my Gemini. Mostly doing well with it. I found a set of wired Android compatible earbuds. With the Gemini open, the remote works find for volume control, pause/play, next track. previous track. Close the Gemini lid though, and playback continues but the wired headphone remote stops working. Is there a setting somewhere to change the Android lid behavior so the wired headphone remote keeps working with the id closed?
8 May 2018
OK, so I could see potentially giving Google 2 icons worth of home page - maybe ... but 5 for a search bar PLUS icons for actually useful things - that is a bit much.

So, I want to shrink the Google search bar down to 1x1 or 1x2 instead of it's 1x5 format. But - it cannot be selected, dragged or deleted.

There are positions for 30 icons on my home screen and Google has decided they need 5 of them for a mandatory search bar?

Alternatively I've tried to switch 'home screen' to one of the other desktops - nope. Home can only be the far left desktop - not the middle one or the right one, only the far left one. And - the far left one will not move right or allow itself to be replaced by one of the others.

And here's the kicker - it's use of 5 icons worth of space is completely pointless as you're not entering any text directly into it. Selecting the thing pops up a full screen search application. If that width were actually there as a text input box, I might be a bit more sympathetic. But, as-is, what a waste of screen real estate.

Does anyone have a solution to make Google's search BBBBBAAAAARRRRR into a G! icon?
20 Mar 2018
So - looking forward to Sailfish, I went out doing some research.
News about Jolla Sailfish:

Announcement of Jolla Sailfish X for sale in the Jolla shop for 49EUR for a SONY phone:

Jolla Shop:
Sorry, not available in your country

So - we got that going for us.
16 Mar 2018
In this video:

At 19:00 (ish) the guy from Planet Computers talks about taking the Gemini bootloader open source in the next few days or weeks.

Ultimate. Unlocked. Bootloader.

This should allow us to boot any OS we want, from eMMC or microSDXC and, if released, ensure that the Gemini is never ever obsoleted due to the manufacturer ending updates.

That is important for Android too. Personally I own a Galaxy Note 3. Hardware wise it was bleeding edge when released and even today is better than most mid-range Android phones. It is stuck forever on Android 5.0 as Samsung as ended support and the bootloader is locked. That is why I'm leaving Samsung

Give us quality devices combined with the philosophy that allows releasing an open source bootloader ensuring that we will always be theoretically capable of updating our own devices? Yeah, I'll be a long term customer at that point.
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