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Cosmo Communicator - Hardware / New Cosmo Firmware Update
« on: December 11, 2019, 05:12:23 pm »
Quote from: TheProfessorNQ
I went ahead with the firmware update. Hit restart or reboot, whatever it said. Now I'm stuck in a boot loop that doesn't get past the splash screen to the boot animation. Then powers off, and immediately restarts. One boot/power off cycle takes about 13-14 seconds. Holding any key/button combinations seems to be of no help. Additional information! I was rooted with magisk. Two failed attempts to install the new firmware, so I flashed the original boot image back to the device and rebooted. That went no problem. Tried the OTA update one more time. This time I didn't get an error message at the end of it. Phone restarted, and here I sit 6 hours later, hoping the battery eventually drains so I can try ADBing in. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd appreciate it. Something I'm noticing as I'm typing this, just as the phone powers down, the screen has a glitch-in-the-matrix style flicker. I doubt that really means anything to anyone, but just in case.

A pre-thanks to everyone!

Most probably you have already tried:
-Press Esc long (takes about 10 secs at the rotating planets)
-Press Esc+silver  button (side) long
-Press Esc+Vol Up/Down (next to the cover display) long

Also had a similar (seemed to be related to a magisk module I am trying to develop...) behavior. For me it helped to "reboot" several times using the Esc long press. Booting works when the blue caps lock led turns off. If it stays on the phone is frozen.

If not faint-hearted you might try to remove the back and pull the battery plug. Once I had to resurrect  the Gemini (now it's undead  this way. It refused to turn on.


Cosmo Communicator - Hardware / New Cosmo Firmware Update
« on: December 11, 2019, 04:45:29 pm »
Quote from: mithrandir
Same for me, so it seems so. How to install the update on an rooted device? If we already had the flashable images things would be quite easy...


Got the update installed on the rooted Cosmo..

1.  Flash the original boot image using SP flash tool (Gemini version is outdated and does not work for Cosmo)
2.  Perform the OTA update
3.  Flash the magisked boot image again

Images come from here: (Thanks ZimbiX)


Cosmo Communicator - Hardware / New Cosmo Firmware Update
« on: December 11, 2019, 03:33:19 pm »
Quote from: ArchiMark
Quote from: AP756
You can find the changelog here:

Bye for now  Fred

PS: update does not complete on my preliminary rooted Cosmo...

Don't know if it's same on Cosmo, but on Gemini PDA, OTA updates would not install on rooted devices. You had to install updates manually.


Same for me, so it seems so. How to install the update on an rooted device? If we already had the flashable images things would be quite easy...


Cosmo Communicator - CoDi / CODI update
« on: December 11, 2019, 06:51:13 am »
Someone on Indiegogo suggested to put the Cosmo in do not disturb mode before the CODI update. Mine has been (by chance) in do not disturb mode during the update. Maybe that is the reason why it only took two attempts. Hard to tell…

Cosmo Communicator - CoDi / CODI update
« on: December 10, 2019, 05:40:11 pm »
Just got a CODI update from V1.1.1.11 to V1.1.1.12. To get the update start the Cover Display Assistant app and press "check for updates". It took two attempts to flash the update. So if it fails, just retry. The flashing takes quite long (the app tells it might be about 20 minutes), so it might be better not to start with a nearly empty battery. For me the battery charge went down from 87% to 82% while flashing. For me the CODI feels snappier and I hope for better standby time. But maybe my perception is wrong.

Using the camera preview on the CODI still is slow, maybe a two seconds lag.

Quote from: Omroth
Try the Esc key.

Cosmo Communicator - General Discussion / totally mad...
« on: December 09, 2019, 08:10:00 am »
Quote from: Sailor
I think I am totally mad.... I put my Gemini to ebay still waiting for the Cosmo ;-))

I am living in Germany but placed it outside from indiegogo due to change with other material.

I did not hear a lot from units which arrived in Germany... hopefully before Christmas...

Mine has arrived on 11/26. Germany, German keyboard layout, Indiegogo id #3XX. Delivered via DPD. Anyways, we have to wait for the software update to do more than playing with it...

Cosmo Communicator - General Discussion / Film on new cosmo screen
« on: November 25, 2019, 04:49:56 pm »
Quote from: NormMonkey
I've left mine on for the time being.  I don't mind how it looks, though I imagine the screen contrast will be a bit better without it.  I figure whenever the wear on the plastic gets annoying or it starts to peel off on its own, I'll get rid of it.  Hopefully it will extend the life of the "scratch-resistant" glass for however long the plastic film lasts.

I wonder how long it will take before the keyboard keys, with the screen touching them every open/close cycle, will start to wear into the glass?  Plus side, I don't yet see any key wear on the plastic.

Any high-mileage Gemini folks out there whose device saw wear and tear on the glass?

Cosmo Communicator - Linux / Re-install Android when Linux comes out?
« on: November 25, 2019, 04:44:42 pm »
Quote from: NormMonkey
Hi all,
When Planet comes out with the Debian, Sailfish, Kali, etc. versions, is there any word about what will happen to our Android setups?
I fear that we'll need to re-flash the whole device and all the setup that we've done to get our Android working as we want will be undone.  Although perhaps we will be able to make a full back-up and restore of everything we've done?

I see there is this PlanetSyncAdaptor app which currently has no functionality - I open it and it just presents a <CLOSE> button.

Along the same line, I wonder if we will be able to share our SD card between Android and the various linuxes?
When I stuck an SD card in for Android, it offered a choice: for-android-only or for-portable-storage.  It seems the former is for if you want to shift apps and whatnot to your SD card, and I've heard it may encrypt the card if you do this.  The latter is for sharing media between devices, but you cannot use the SD card for apps in portable-storage mode.  It might have other restrictions too?
Maybe it is possible to use the Gemini partition tool to create a scatter file suitable for the Cosmo and then just flash the Android part. Anyone with deeper  knowledge?
Anyways, we would need at least the Android images for this.

I don't think there is the need to shift apps to the sd card. Even in a multi-boot scenario the Cosmo has plenty of storage.

Cosmo Communicator - General Discussion / Latest updates on Indiegogo
« on: November 21, 2019, 03:07:06 pm »
Quote from: smapmap
is there a prize for the first person outside Japan to get their Cosmo?

I've been locked since Sunday - no cigar yet I'm afraid!

A Cosmo, most probably

Gemini PDA - General Discussion / File management queries
« on: November 19, 2019, 04:12:20 am »
Quote from: DCB
File management, two queries:
1) Any idea why the Gemini recognises some thumb drives and not others? I have a Kingston Microduo that works, and a couple of Sandisk duos that don't. Is this anything to do with using the Sandisk ones in my work Mac as well as my own PC laptop? Can they cope with two different operating systems but not 3?
2) Suggestions for a good file management program, free or otherwise? At the moment I have File Manager and all I seem to be able to do is navigate to a folder, copy a file to the clipboard, then navigate to another folder and paste it. I have to use the menu to see any details other than the name and size, can't see any way to list in order other than name (would like to be able to list by most recently modified).
Using Android?
Maybe the Stick (card) is exfat formatted? The Gemini's Android cannot work with the exfat file system. If so reformat the drive with a supported file system or patch in exfat support (I think I have seen some howtos for that).

Regarding the file manager. Try out Ghost commander (available from fdroid, maybe also from app store). It is a dual pane file manager (like norton commander in the early days). Anyways, this will not solve the stick issue.

Cosmo Communicator - General Discussion / Cosmo Screen Protectors?
« on: November 17, 2019, 09:07:00 am »
My Cosmo arrived a few days ago, and I intend to buy the same screen protector I have on my Gemini.  As others have noted, the clamshell design means the screen doesn't need protection.  

The selling point for me is that I found a screen protector which de-polarizes the screen.  I have polarized sunglasses, and without this add-on, the screen is only visible when in portrait orientation.  Hardly ideal for using it outdoors.

I bought the "upscreen Reflection Shield Matte Screen Protector for Planet Computers" from Amazon.

Using a matte screen protector here with the Gemini to avoid reflections in sunlight. Well, protecting the screen is not the only use of a screen protector.

Quote from: depscribe
Fourth, what is the microSD card called in the Gemini Linux hierarchy? I believe I backed up my old working modified Linux install to it, and it would be good to recover some configurations and such.


Cosmo Communicator - General Discussion / Latest updates on Indiegogo
« on: September 11, 2019, 03:00:50 pm »
Quote from: AGdesigns-NL
Hi guys (i'm new here  )
I just received a mail from Planet stating they expect the Cosmo will be ready for shipping end of this month (Order placed in Juli) so the brexit wont be an issue. They will send us the tracking details once it is shipper. So fingers crossed that there wont be a delay   .

Have placed my order in November last year, (#8xx) and got no mail yet. So, I think the shipping date may also depend on keyboard selection (some keyboard layouts might have not been delivered to Planet yet).  At least it has been this way with the Gemini. My keyboard layout is German. What is yours?

Gemini PDA - Hardware / higher capacity 3rd party replacement batteries
« on: September 09, 2019, 03:11:22 am »
Quote from: zsalab2
Anyone knows any useful higher capacity 3rd party replacement batteries?
Would also like to know. With respect to available space this should be possible, imho.

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