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Not sure why - but when I try and apply a live wallpaper - after a period of time, it seems to reset to the stock wallpaper?
Anyone else seeing this?

Gemini PDA - General Discussion / Battery usage on Oreo
« on: September 01, 2019, 08:03:56 am »
Does anyone else have an issue with battery life on their Gemini on Oreo 8.1?

Things I've noticed

- battery usage is worse than with Nougat - can not get more than a few hrs out of it
- occasionally turning itself off even when the battery has charge
- sudden battery drain - like 50% disappears in 30 mins
- misreporting battery charge - Android thinks its got 0% left and turns off, when I plug the charger in with the device off it reports 28% - its as though the OS and the battery are out of sync

It's really frustrating. It's liek the calibration and optimisation on 8 is totally out of whack...?

Gemini PDA - General Discussion / Oreo on its way
« on: January 07, 2019, 11:41:18 am »
Google have approved the latest Gemini OS build - so fingers crossed will be available shortly. Wonder what improvements have been made this time?

Gemini PDA - General Discussion / New firmware
« on: October 11, 2018, 10:43:09 am »
OK upgraded my X25 4G Gemini yesterday

- when I tried to install I got an error message - smcard full or something like that - rebooted and went perfectly at second attempt
- set up screen is presented on bot - very simple and elegant set up procedure. Much improved
- the Data app is included - seems like a good start but feels like it's in beta. Needs to have an import ability. It's not clear to me whether this is backed up in any way - so risk of data loss if you have to flash your Gemini? Also when you try and add an image to the cover of your database it crashes
- the Agenda app has been upgraded to include a new view. it's pretty nice. I have my DPI set at 600 - which unfortunately leaves a white bar at the top of the screen
- there are some more Gemini settings - you can toggle Fn Space and the smart button on and off
- my Gemini now responds to volume, next track, start stop, ff, rw via bluetooth when closed
- google assistant now works when closed - I had to reinstall Gemini Voice Assistant from the play store to get the buttons to respond
- I haven't noticed any change to LEDson
- Bluetooth seems a lot more stable - I had issues with it randomly turning off. Haven't seen this issue since the upgrade - so far so good
- there is still an issue with the A Bar - if you un-check AutoHide it intercepts keystrokes making the device unusable. Leave this on!
- I use Nova but new firmware has Launcher 3 installed I think (not sure if this is new since the last firmware??)
- Backing up Notes causes a crash
- Speakers sound MUCH better

Overall a really good update restoring some lost functionality and some new stuff to boot. Well done Planet!

Gemini PDA - General Discussion / When's the new firmware coming out?
« on: September 28, 2018, 10:04:15 am »
Anyone got any ideas when we're hoping to see the next firmware release? Been several months since Google Assistant was borked.

Gemini PDA - General Discussion / Handy tip
« on: September 11, 2018, 01:02:06 pm »
If you go into developer mode and change the dpi to 600 or above a few cool things happen

1) Buttons on the right of the screen move to th bottom. Better experience hitting home and back button as its over the Gemini's centre of gravity
1) Apps like Gmail go into tablet mode. You get a reading pane instead of just a long list of emails.

Just make your font size bih enough to read!!

Gemini PDA - General Discussion / Camera module not working
« on: June 26, 2018, 03:55:41 pm »
I've installed the camera module as per the instructions however it's not being detected. In the camera app there is no option to switch between front and rear camera. I've tried clearing the cache in the camera app but no joy. Any ideas?

Gemini PDA - General Discussion / Big announcement tomorrow!
« on: June 25, 2018, 12:01:56 pm »
Planet have indicated there will be two big announcements tomorrow.... let the speculation begin!!!

To get the ball rolling....

- acquired rights to use the Psion name - making the comeback complete?
- Oreo support?
- Agenda app?
- Sailfish?

Gemini PDA - Android / Facebook group - public?
« on: June 14, 2018, 11:32:00 am »
Is it possible for the admin of the Gemini FB group to make it public. There is a lot of good information on there but I don't want to have to join FB to see it.

Gemini PDA - Android / New firmware update released
« on: June 14, 2018, 04:57:48 am »
Anyone know what's included in the latest firmware? Installing now....

Google Assistant doesn't respond after the latest firmware update, until the screen is opened

Uninstall Assistant from Google PLay, re-install it and go into app settings and clear cache.

Hopefully, it should work after that..

Gemini PDA - General Discussion / Keep screen on
« on: June 07, 2018, 06:52:18 am »
A feature I really loved about my Psion 5mx was the option to keep the screen on if the power cable is attached.

I've found an app called Screen On in the Play Store, which does this very thing. Very handy!!

Gemini PDA - General Discussion / CAPS lock turning on automatically
« on: June 07, 2018, 06:50:03 am »
Has anyone started to have an issue recently with CAPS lock turning on automatically,sometimes after a screen closure? It started happenign occassionally on my device.

I'l check my keys to make sure it's not somehow pressing Fn and Tab and activating it, but wonderedif anyone had seen this post firmware update?


Gemini PDA - General Discussion / Review of my new Gemini
« on: March 06, 2018, 06:15:57 am »
Gemini Review


There is a very high quality feel to the Gemini packaging and the accessories. Everything arrived in good order and included a nice letter from the Planet team thanking backers for their support.

First impressions
What really struck me is the build quality. The Gemini feels extremely well made. It sits nicely in the palm and  feels very small, and light. The opening mechanism is absolutely gorgeous and really helps with the stability of the device on the desk. There is no rocking when typing and closing it is very satisfying, there is a reassuring clunk.
The screen is excellent. Very clear & bright with great viewing angles. You can  change the brightness of the screen using a key combination rather than having to go into settings. The screen has a screen protector applied which is a nice touch. The thing you really notice though is the extra real estate. Not having an on screen keyboard allows you to make full use of the available space. It’s like having a laptop in your pocket - the linux community especially are going to love it!
The loudspeakers are fairly loud and sound quality is OKbut nothing spectacular. The best way to describe it is thin, or tinny sounding. I imagine there is so little space available there isn't much room for any sort of cavity for bass. To my ears the left hand speaker sounds louder than the right but it could just be my imagination.

I've had no problems connecting bluetooth or wifi devices - everything works as expected. Just remember if you have a nano sim you'll need an adapter to fit into the micro sim slot.

Battery life is excellent. I imagine you'll get a couple of days use out of it fairly easily. I had no issues charging it and it's pretty quick thanks to the fast charge technology. My Dash charger from OnePlus seemed to work OK too. I haven't tried other chargers yet, but I'm inclined to stick with the Planet one to ensure I provide the right voltage and current to the battery.

The keyboard is quite different in feel, to the original Psion, which had a much stiffer action. The Gemini keyboard feels more 'clacky', lighter and more modern. It's action sits somewhere between a full mechanical keyboard and a chicklet keyboard. The keys themselves seem to float a little bit. For instance if you press down in one corner of the key the other side rises a little, whereas the Psion keyboard had a lot less movement. This appears to be by design. In terms of actual use, the keyboard works beautifully and seems to get better with use! It’s very light to use and not as tiring as the Psion's and has a clicky, positive action. I don't have any issues with the spacebar having to be hit dead centre and all the keys are well aligned on my unit. I also don't have any issues with keys sticking, everything works as expected and typing is quick and pain free. There is a nice level of haptic feedback and I also like the fact the Planet team have used the old Psion beep, when you press a key. Overall I think its a better keyboard than the Psion 5, I think I'd prefer it to be a little stiffer, but it will be entirely a personal preference for most. In summary - this is the best keyboard on any mobile device. Period.

Call quality
Call quality is really good. What more can I say! My recommendation is to use the Gemini with a bluetooth headset - I use  Plantronics Voyager which is great as it tells me who is calling even when the device is closed.

The Jotter
Planet have brought back one of my favourite applications. The Jotter. This was my ‘go to’ application on the Psion 5mx and I'm pleased to say they have nailed it in this version. In fact I'm typing this review on it now. I love the fact they have put the interface elements at the bottom of the screen. It makes the screen feel like an extension of the keyboard and also keeps the device stable because you are interacting with the screen close to it's centre of gravity. It’s little touches like this which impress - integration of software and hardware to create a pleasant ergonomic user experience. There is some real thought and love going into the device. I'd quite like an integrated spell checker though

Leather sleeve

The leather sleeve is made with what appears to be a very fine, high quality leather. It's not a stiff case as I imagined it would be. It’s quite thin to touch, presumably to avoid adding any bulk to the device and keep it pocketable. The sleeve fits extremely securely and will be good at keeping the Gemini safe. Both USB slots are easily accessible. There is a stitched edging which will also provide some protection in the event of the Gemini being dropped

In use
To use the Gemini you need two free hands or have it sitting on a desk. Whilst some people might find this restrictive compared to a normal smart-phone, so far, I've found it strangely liberating. It’s a completely different experience to a normal phone. Walking the dog last night, I wasn't tempted to get the Gemini out and check Twitter - it makes for a much more mindful experience. Opening the device to check notifications is something I now choose to do, rather than something the phone demands of me.

Using it in the car will be an issue until someone creates a dash or windscreen cradle for it.

It is possible to use it in portrait mode if you click on the Planet icon on the launcher application.
I installed Nova launcher and it works perfectly.

I am absolutely delighted with the Gemini.
What Planet have achieved here is outstanding. This could be  game changer for the industry. Programmers, bloggers, journalists, writers, creatives, doodlers, and mobile workers, now have a device which can replace a laptop. You really can work productively on the move. The Gemini is a beautiful, well made, desirable, robust, highly pocketable and extremely practical device. I can’t wait to see what the community does with this thing. There is nothing like it on the market.

Welcome back Psion. You’ve been missed.

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