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Gemini PDA - General Discussion / Sudden slow charging
« on: November 23, 2019, 09:36:10 pm »
Has this happened to anyone else?  Usually my fast-charging Gemini comes up to full in a couple of hours, but today I came back after about four hours and the LED was still red!  The status panel said "Approx 4 hours left" and "50%" !  I unplugged the USB, and replugged it (reversing the connector for good measure). A little while later it was up to 72% and has since been charging at the normal speed.

I'd guess that there is some pin in the connector or something that indicates fast charging, which somehow hadn't made contact.  Does anybody know what the protocol is?

Gemini PDA - Android / Yalp no longer working for me
« on: August 07, 2019, 06:48:19 pm »
Does Yalp no longer work for accessing the PlayStore, or is there some action I haven't taken?

When I got my Gemini a year ago, I used Yalp to grab a lot of the basic stuff, but I wanted to look for something just now, and all I get is "No Network Connection".  I am connected, as everything else works, but no Yalp!

Any clues?

Gemini PDA - General Discussion / Planet seems to have started something...
« on: February 27, 2019, 03:24:02 pm »
Keyboards are proliferating!

That looks rather bulkier that the Gemini -- and chicklet keys!

Gemini PDA - Hardware / Dual-connector USB Stick
« on: October 03, 2018, 09:04:01 pm »
I wouldn't have known about this if I hadn't happened to come across this post here: , so I thought a specific pointer might be useful.

This is a neat little dual-connector (FAT32) USB drive that plugs straight in to your Gemini or your computer.  Perfect for having files at hand on any machine.  It comes in various sizes from 16GB to 128GB (I got the smallest for $21).

Mine just arrived, and it looks to be just what I need.  It includes a "SanDiskMemoryZone" app that I haven't installed.  I think I prefer direct management of my files (by Total Commander, which I've also just discovered...), but if anybody thinks it's a great addition I might drop it in.

(I bought it from BestBuy, as I had other things to get there.  They only had the biggest one in stock, but they shipped the 16GB one to me in 5 days.)

Gemini PDA - Android / Setting Power On/Off times?
« on: September 25, 2018, 10:06:02 pm »
Reading through the User Guide, it struck me that setting Power Off for the nightime hours might save a bit of battery, so I found the relevant Setting and tried to adjust it to my liking.

However, in whatever way I try to input a new value, when I go back up to the "Schedule power on & off" screen the times are back to their original "7:00 AM" and "8:30 AM" somewhat useless settings!

Do others see this, or am I being stupid somehow?

Gemini PDA - Android / Cell Standby? (and other glitches)
« on: July 21, 2018, 03:50:23 pm »
Looking at my battery usage, I see "Cell Standby" as the second-highest usage after the screen.  From a web search, this seems to be a utility looking for a strong cell signal.  Strange... because my unit is WiFi only!

Anybody have an explanation?  And know how I might  get rid of it?  (I'm fairly sure it wasn't there the previous time I looked, though I suppose I could have missed it.)

Gemini PDA - Android / 'am' command?
« on: June 28, 2018, 06:04:19 pm »
I would very much like to be able to launch Android apps (in particular, Firefox) from a Termux command line.  This seems to be possible through the 'am' command (included in basic Termux, though I think it's actually part of the SDK(?)), but I'm not having any luck.

I found a topic on StackOverflow that seems to show how to do it -- using the Android Browser as an example:

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   am start -a android.intent.action.MAIN -n
This works fine -- except that I refuse to use that browser...

I've tried all sorts of similar lines for Firefox, such as:

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am start -a android.intent.action.MAIN -n org.mozilla.gecko/org.mozilla.gecko.LauncherActivity
but I always get back something like:
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Starting: Intent { act=android.intent.action.MAIN cmp=org.mozilla.gecko/.LauncherActivity }
 Error: Activity not started, unknown error code -2

I've been getting the possibilities from the Firefox AndroidManifest.xml (extracted from the APK and unpacked from the binary, but I don't know anything about it, really, so I'm pretty much lost.  Here's a severely extracted section of the file:

[div class=\'codetop\']CODE[/div][div class=\'codemain\' style=\'height:200px;white-space:pre;overflow:auto\']<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
         android:value="" />
         android:exported="" />
         android:relinquishTaskIdentity="" />
         <intent-filter android:priority="">
            <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />
            <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />
            <category android:name="android.intent.category.MULTIWINDOW_LAUNCHER" />
            <category android:name="android.intent.category.APP_BROWSER" />
            <category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT" />
            <action android:name="android.intent.action.VIEW" />
            <category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT" />
            <category android:name="android.intent.category.BROWSABLE" />
            <data android:scheme="http" />
            <data android:scheme="https" />
            <data android:scheme="about" />
            <data android:scheme="javascript" />
            <data android:scheme="firefox" />
         android:windowSoftInputMode="" />
         android:targetActivity="org.mozilla.gecko.BrowserApp" />

Anybody deep into Android enough to know what I might do?

Gemini PDA - Android / Termux-Widget?
« on: June 27, 2018, 06:28:42 pm »
I thought the termux-widget add-on -- which supposedly adds shortcuts to termux scripts on your home screen -- would be a useful thing to have, so I installed it, but I can't get any  action out of it.  I gather that any script in $HOME/.shortcuts should appear in a screen shortcut,  but I never see anything.  The web is totally unhelpful.  Has anybody used it?

Gemini PDA - Android / Apps: File Transfer to other OSs
« on: June 24, 2018, 08:35:39 pm »
As the Gemini's strength is its text editing, one of the things I expected to do a lot would be to either grab text from another machine and edit it, or just create the text on the Gemini and send it somewhere else.  But I've completely failed to find any decent file-transfer app for Android!  I thought at least there'd be ftp.  I found one "Send to FTP", but its UI is terrible, so I dumped it again.  NitroShare also looked good, but when I installed it on the Gemini and my laptop (Mint), the two completely fail to communicate.  (I've added an issue on its Github page, so maybe it could be solved.)

Of course I have termux, which has FTP, but the command-line is not the most convenient interface here!

Does anyone know of something more useful?

Gemini PDA - Android / xdg-open (termux)
« on: June 20, 2018, 09:23:06 pm »
I've been trying to find a way to communicate between termux work and android apps, and eventually stumbled across xdg-open, which in Linux "opens a file or URL in the user's preferred application".  I have a test html file in my termux area that I'd like to open in Firefox -- which I've set as my default.  However if I invoke xdg-open on it, it only gives me a choice of Chrome, plus some other irrelevant options.  Anyone know what's going on here -- and how to get what I want?

Gemini PDA - Android / Termux
« on: June 16, 2018, 07:32:56 pm »
[EDIT: Sorry -- didn't notice this topic already exists from earlier...]
One of the first things I installed was Termux, to give me a command-line terminal under Android.  I'm surprised how familiar it feels -- has all the basic stuff you'd expect in Linux.  Even installed stuff like Python and Ruby, and they look fine.

A couple of things I'd like to do, though, and haven't found a way, yet.  I have several machines on my LAN, which all have short and memorable names -- all stored in /etc/hosts files so apps "just use" them.  I haven't found a way to do that on the Gemini.  Termux provides a usr/etc, but putting a hosts there isn't recognized (by e.g. ssh).

What would also be really nice would be to have a shell-script in Termux invoke Firefox, say.  Anyone know if that's possible?

Gemini PDA - Android / "Browser"?
« on: June 16, 2018, 07:22:50 pm »
What exactly is the "Browser" initially available on the App Bar?  And why would one want it, as Chrome is also available there? (And in any case I prefer Firefox with NoScript.)

When I tried it out, it wanted permission to access the camera and mic before it would do anything.  when I denied its desires it refused to start.  I eventually gave it momentary permission to access everything it wanted and it seems to be at least a basic browser.

Is it a Gemini special?

Gemini PDA - General Discussion / Session with Davide of PlanetCom
« on: March 17, 2018, 04:53:18 pm »
I don't see that anyone has mentioned this here (though maybe everyone saw Steve Marinos' post on IndieGogo) so I thought I'd note it.

There is a long (40 min) interview with CTO Davide Guidi, on the current state of Gemini and its software at

I thought it very illuminating -- and encouraging.

Gemini PDA - Hardware / Charger?
« on: March 01, 2018, 11:14:27 pm »
Just a question for those who have already got their Gemini.  Is the charger universal voltage?  I mean, the plug is different for different regions, but I'd expect that otherwise it would accept both 110 and 240 volt supplies.  (One advantage of my US plug -- I already have a 13-amp adapter!)

Gemini PDA - General Discussion / Propitious?
« on: February 24, 2018, 08:17:09 pm »
The BBC has an article on the Mobile World Congress next week,
where they note that smartphone sales are down -- maybe because
they all look alike...:

Seems to me this might be good news for the somewhat different

Some extracts from the article:

[blockquote]    Is smartphone hardware treading water while industrial
    designers wait for bendy screens and other flexible,
    futuristic components to make more radical models
    possible? And will sales continue to decline until
    they do?

    IDC recently reported the global market was down 6.3%
    over the October-to-December quarter in 2017 compared with
    the same three months the previous year, while Strategy
    Analytics put the fall at 8.8%.

    "The tragedy is that we had two decades of incredible
    innovation with flip-phones, candy-bar phones, sliders,
    round phones, square phones - all kinds of different
    things, but the world changed in 2007 when Steve Jobs
    pulled the iPhone out of his pocket, and had what became
    the dominant design."We've since gravitated to the black
    rectangle with a touchscreen as the form factor of choice,
    and it feels like we've now reached a technology plateau
    where firms compete by offering marginal changes around
    the edges."  [Ben Wood -- CCS Insight]

    Even so, there does appear to be an appetite for something
    "a bit different".The big story from last year's MWC was
    the Nokia 3310.The "reimagined" version of the Finnish
    company's classic handset had both physical number keys
    and a screen that bulged at its bottom.

    "Hardware is always the easiest thing to sell - if it looks
    different you get consumers attention, and then you build
    from there," [Carolina Milanesi -- Creative Strategies]

    That's not to say there aren't some companies attempting
    something out of the ordinary.

[/blockquote]...and they mention a few products -- but not the Gemini! (:-()

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