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Gemini PDA - Hardware / Re: Replacement Planet Battery
« on: September 23, 2021, 04:57:29 am »
I notice the link to ebay gemini batteries above is showing as 'ended'. However, there are other gemini batteries listed here and here in Northern Ireland:

Would be interesting to know whether anyone has tried purchasing and fitting one of these. I feel my Gemini might be owed a new battery before too long.
Also, does anyone know if the Cosmo and Gemini batteries are interchangeable?
PS I haven't had any of the cutting out and corrupting incidents for over a year now, and am still using my Gemini as a daily driver. So perhaps just bad luck that I had a couple of them ...

Gemini PDA - Hardware / Re: Blue/Red LED above Tab key?
« on: September 23, 2021, 04:52:01 am »
The blue/purple light seems to come on during boot, if I remember rightly.

Cosmo Communicator - Android / Re: Android update not found
« on: September 14, 2021, 06:45:30 pm »
I can further update you that on Monday (yesterday) my brother came round with his Cosmo and we prepared to follow the instructions as above to refresh the latest version. However, before doing so I checked the OTA update and this time it found an OTA update. So after installing that (and a further two OTA updates that then appeared) and updating the CoDi, it was finally up to date. Maybe Planet did something over the last week or two to make the OTA updates work again for people with the older v15 and earlier firmwares.

Anyway, thought it might be of help to encourage you to try the OTA one more time just in case.

I thought I would report, as I finally got around to attempting to install rooted Android on the 2nd TWRP boot partition. It seems to work fine, with the expected drawback that the modem doesn't work so one can't call. Wifi works fine though, and I can still run Titanium backup, which was my main purpose for having a rooted Android on the phone. So now I have successfully installed Ubuntu Ports over the old rooted Android in partition 4, and have a set up as follows: 1. Android; 2. rooted Android (no cellular); 3. Kde Gemian; 4. Ubuntu Touch. I'm really enjoying exploring Ubuntu touch.

PS I am amused to think that I backed Ubuntu's Kickstarter or Indiegogo convergence phone almost a decade ago, only to have it refunded when they didn't make the millions they'd asked for. But almost a decade on, I've finally got my Ubuntu phone and with an attached Psion-keyboard as well. Happy days!

Cosmo Communicator - Android / Re: Android update not found
« on: September 12, 2021, 03:35:36 pm »
I've been in conversation with Planet support for a month or so about just this issue. In my case I've been trying to help my brother out, as he wasn't using his Cosmo at the time they did the switch over from V15 firmware to V16 and ditched the OTA provider they'd been using (which is why you can't get any OTA updates if you are still on V15). Here is the last response they sent us. I haven't yet followed these instructions as my brother's Cosmo is with him and he wants me to help hold his hand while he goes through the business of flashing the thing. But this looks as though it should work.
Good luck, and let us know how you get on. (I'll try and remember to do the same when I see my brother and give this a go. There must be quite a few people caught out by this problem, which is why I was astonished I needed so much to-ing and fro-ing with Planet to get this set of instructions from them.)

I quote:

Please follow the manual recovery steps here - . This should update you to v23 at least, and from there OTAs should hopefully resume on your device.

If this doesn't fix the issue, we'd then definitely need you to send the device to us. Should it come to that, please summarise in simple bullet points if any extra servicing is necessary, in addition the OTAs fix.
Feel free to let us know if there's anything else we can help you with.

Kind regards,
Customer Care Team

Hey, thanks for the instructions. Great to see those. I'm away from home for a few days, but I'll give it a go when I get back and have my desktop available.
Is Ubuntu Touch now your daily driver? How is the battery life?

Thank you for the above. Sorry about the slow reply, I've been busy so haven't looked in for a while, but I am interested to see your procedure if it isn't too much trouble to PM (or even to write up here in case anyone else is interested). But perhaps you've managed to make it work in the intervening time?

Cool. It does sound like it might meet my use case. Let me know how you get on if you manage this weekend.

Thanks for that. When I've some time, I shall give it a go. If you do get there before me, I'd be interested to hear your experience. Are you using Ubuntu as a phone or just as a mobile computer? How do you find the battery life?
Thanks again for your input.

I would like to install Ubuntu Ports on my Cosmo and need therefore to free up boot 4, but would like to retain Gemian in boot 3. If I don't need wireless for rooted Android, is there any reason I shouldn't install rooted Android into boot 2 instead of TWRP? Would I be losing anything useful? So far as I can tell TWRP is of no particular use on this machine. The instructions here are ambiguous as to whether or not this is possible, referring to boot 2 only working with 'recovery mode', and suggesting only boot 3 and 4 can take rooted Android. (Let me know if I've missed something here.)

On my Cosmo I have Android in boot 1, Gemian in boot 3 and rooted Android in boot 4. (Though since reinstalling Gemian I can now see six options on booting: 1 NORMAL; 2 RECOVERY; 3 TWRP; 4 Debian/KDE; 5 ROOTED_ANDROID; 6 FASTBOOT.) I only ever use rooted Android once in a while in order to run Titanium backup, backing up to an SD card — because I use Android without logging in to Google and therefore, I believe, nothing is backed up by default. Presumably I could do this just as well with rooted Android in boot 2. Has anyone else done this?

Will the process of installing rooted Android in boot 2 mean I have to reinstall Titanium Backup or change any other settings, or am I right in thinking that rooted Android keeps everything (or nearly everything?) in the same partitions as unrooted Android, so reinstalling rooted Android to boot 2 as per the instructions would leave me with Titanium Backup and its settings unchanged?

Sorry for so many questions and thanks in advance for any help/advice you can offer. Despite using Android for a number of years, I still feel it is an OS I don't really understand.

It has now been released. Ironically, I installed the July release on the 18th only to discover ont he19th thatthey've released the CoDi mouse version that same day. So yesterday I got to reinstallit again. It looks pretty good. Has anyone managed to get the CoDi mouse working? What's the trick?

Any news? Has this actually been released yet? Or spotted in the wild?
Their webpage still seems to have v2 as the latest here
and I thought that was the one we received much earlier this year?

Cosmo Communicator - Linux / Re: Ubports for Cosmo
« on: November 05, 2020, 06:23:44 am »
Thanks for the update. I shall try and give this a go when I have some spare time. Can you report on what currently is and isn't working?
I'm sure I'll not be alone in welcoming any reviews and comparisons anyone would care to make between Ubports, Planet's Linux, and Sailfish OS. (Years and years ago I backed Ubuntu's Kickstarter — or was it Indiegogo — in the hope I'd get a decent Linux phone; perhaps the Cosmo will eventually be it.)
Thanks very much.

Cosmo Communicator - Sailfish OS / Preview version of Sailfish for Cosmo
« on: October 27, 2020, 08:10:34 am »
I was corresponding with Davide Guidi, Planet Computers' CTO, about Sailfish. He has sent me the following link to download a preview of Sailfish for Cosmo, and encouraged me to make it available to interested parties. Note he mentions that screen rotation is broken — but I hope maybe people more technical than me might be able to fix this relatively easily?

Along with the recent announcement about making the CoDi work with Linux, I hope this might be welcome positive news for other enthusiasts for a google-free Cosmo!
All the best,

You can find the sailfish image for cosmo here:

Installation is a bit tricky, You need first to install Debian Linux as for

After that you have to:

- untar sailfishos-cosmocom-release- into the Debian file system itself, in a folder called ".stowaways/sailfishos” in the root folder. Basically it should be in /.stowaways

- flash hybris-boot.img in an empty boot partition, such as EMPTY_NORMAL_BOOT_4, for example dd if=hybris-boot.img of=/dev/disk/by-partlabel/EMPTY_NORMAL_BOOT_4 bs=1M

That should be it, you should now be able to boot to Sailfish by selecting EMPTY_NORMAL_BOOT_4 at boot time.
This should be all, but let me know if you run into troubles.

As far as I remember, it might take a couple of reboot to finally boot Sailfish correctly. Also, keep in mind that it’s an early release, in particular screen rotation is broken.

The project is open source, feel free to forward the link to anybody that might be interested!

Kind regards,

Gemini PDA - Sailfish OS / Re: Sailfishos for early access
« on: October 20, 2020, 10:45:25 am »
I like it — most especially because I don't have to put any further thought to google and other data-slurping corporations. I've become very used to the gesture navigation system, which mostly works well and seems logical.

However, I recognise the app-availability will be a problem for many. I don't use many apps, though I would welcome a really good writing app and a really good calendar app, and a means to sync them. So far nothing to compare with what Psion offered two decades ago in Word, Calendar and Rsync!

My work around at length has been to use the gemini for my personal stuff, and use it as a hotspot when I want my Cosmo with Android to run a program that only runs on that. That way I can keep my personal data separate from the data-slurp.

If I had more time, I would be looking into how hard it is to compile stuff for the gemini. It seems to me that Sailfish has potential but is held back by an insufficient number of users. I don't know whether that will change. But for the moment I am glad to be using it.

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