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However, what surprised me was that the Cosmo mat is white (or white-ish), while the Gemini is black. If I am bored some day, I might try to replace the Cosmo mat  with the Gemini's one, to see if the typing improves (it is not bad - but the Gemini was a bit better).
You may lose your keyboard backlight if you change from the Cosmo white or translucent mat to the Gemini black or opaque one, but it would be interesting to hear what your typing impressions are if you are bored and have time. 
I always felt the feel of my older now broken Cosmo keyboard was firmer and somehow better for me than my newer still working Cosmo, so one day I swapped the older mat into the newer unit, and I noticed a definite improvement. 

Cosmo Communicator - Linux / Re: Uninstalling Linux
« on: November 24, 2021, 11:15:02 am »
I think if you follow the instructions on this page:
you may be able to get back to single boot if you 'Reserve all space for Android' when you change the partition table, but I'm not sure, it may leave the multiboot in place and default to Android while retaining empty boot slots. 
One other option is this:
I got this link from Planet when I was having network issues and wanted to rule out software issues.  Again I can't remember clearly if it left multboot options in place, but I think it removed them and took my Cosmo back to stock. 

Cosmo Communicator - Hardware / Re: Decoding LEDs
« on: November 15, 2021, 07:02:36 pm »
There's a pdf of a 'teardown' on this post:
I had a quick look at the photos and couldn't see anything relevant, but then I wouldn't know what I'm looking for ???
I have a damaged Cosmo parked for spares, if I get a chance at the weekend I will open it up. 

Cosmo Communicator - CoDi / Re: CoDi resource bug shutdown dialog
« on: November 06, 2021, 03:45:58 am »
Sad to hear about your troubles with your shiny new Cosmo.  I haven't seen your particular issue myself with my Cosmo, and sniffing around on this forum it would appear that you may have found a new 'feature' on the CoDi. 
Could it be a sticky key activating the shutdown function when you close the lid?  Maybe I'm just grasping at straws. 
I agree totally with Jakfish summary, the CoDi is an 'entertaining' element.  I still think the Cosmo is a fantastic device.  The keyboard is a joy to use, having a choice of OS, (I use Ubuntu Touch, Debian is another great option), is a breath of fresh air, and it's such a super little phone/pda.  There's really nothing quite like it. 
I hope you enjoy your little Cosmo as much as I enjoy mine. 
Maybe a little email at Planet support may help bring a solution to you.

I have installed ubuntu touch. Downloaded it from  ( see the post above from sven1999 : Thanks  sven1999)
 Calls , sms, camera are working.
I could not dial and  answer calls using  codi. Only with dialer-app.
Libertine does not work to install libreoffice.
And the sound output to speaker only works after I plug and remove an earphone.
I have changed a file cosmo ( keyboard layout ) to have accents and make sound and brightness work with fn keys.
Also I created an script to enable keyboard backlight on and off.
Ubuntu touch is fine, but Debian to me is a better choice for now.
Thank you to all people in this forum.
Any chance you can do me a big favour and share that script to turn the keyboard backlight on and off and how to implement it. 
I've been trying to get something to work with 'echo 45 > /proc/aw9524_led_proc', looking at other tweaks and scripts here and on the UBPorts forum and trying to understand how to turn the backlight on from either at the keyboard or by opening the Cosmo, but I can't figure it out. 

Cosmo Communicator - General Discussion / Re: In a pickle
« on: September 12, 2021, 12:26:32 am »
Did PC offer to repair it if you were to send it to them?
I suggested a return to base for an out of warranty repair at one point but didn't get an answer.  To be fair I think the comment got buried in the barrage of clutter I was sending them.  I reckon I generated more case notes than the Roswell autopsies on this one. 
Oh well, moving on.  Must go, I will need to get some serious brownie points before I can order my Pro1 X, this will be my fourth new phone in the last two years. 

Cosmo Communicator - General Discussion / Re: In a pickle
« on: September 10, 2021, 05:00:36 pm »
What was PC's response?
We had quite a discussion, 10 out of 10 for effort, but ultimately fruitless. 
It got to the point where I thought we weren't getting anywhere so I knocked it on the head. 
The Cosmo soldiers on as a pda, sort of like a wifi only Gem with a backlit keyboard. 
Back to the PinePhone for daily driver duties for now. 
I still get to keep Ubuntu Touch though, which is nice. 

Cosmo Communicator - General Discussion / Re: In a pickle
« on: September 10, 2021, 06:03:41 am »
I have a solution. 
It's called the F(x)Tec Pro1 X

Cosmo Communicator - Android / Re: Android update not found
« on: September 08, 2021, 01:24:13 am »
I think there's a couple of alternatives if the auto update isn't working for some reason. 
If you're in the wireless update screen and you tap on the setting symbol top right, there's a option there for 'Local update', if you've got the '', but I don't know where you get this package from. 
Another option may be with recovery mode following the instructions here:  '' but I'm not sure if you need to have a rooted Cosmo for this approach to work. 
Or you may just need to leave your wireless update screen open for a while to give it time to check in. 
Sorry I can't be of more help, I haven't use android for some time. 

Cosmo Communicator - CoDi / Re: Manual CoDi flash
« on: August 31, 2021, 06:37:34 pm »
Sounds like like you've tried everything reasonable and suggested in this thread including the usual do not disturb and flight mode tricks etc. 
If you can't find anything else to try from the various threads in the CoDi subforum it may be time to reach out to Planet support:
and also to log an issue on the Cosmo trouble reporting board:
Sorry I can't be any more help than that. 

Cosmo Communicator - CoDi / Re: What does 'broken' CoDi icon mean?
« on: August 27, 2021, 08:20:43 pm »
I think you may be able to downgrade with a manual update described here:
but I haven't had to try it myself.  The version on the webpage appears to be v14, I'm not sure how you would get hold of v15.  Also, what OS and version are you using, is the firmware on the Cosmo itself up to date? 
From memory updating the CoDi firmware has always been entertaining for some, I think when the update is being applied the data passes down the same bus as is used for normal data like notifications etc (or something like that), so it easily gets corrupted unless you go to flight mode, do not disturb, don't breathe for 20 minutes, etc, I wonder if your update to v16 got corrupted on the way through.  There's a reasonable amount of discussion on the CoDi sub forum:
and quite a few of the subjects involve flashing.  I think it just may take the right settings (flight mode, etc) a bit of persistence. 

Gemini PDA - Linux / Re: upgrading linux on gemini
« on: August 23, 2021, 03:44:36 am »
I think Debian is pretty usable, and there is some mention of apt update and apt upgrade on the planet page:
I used Debian for a while on Cosmo, calls worked fine, I don't remember any deficiencies.  Some other folk on here I'm sure will be able to tell you more detail. 
However, if you are fond of Sailfish you might want to have a play with Ubuntu Touch, I find it as pleasant as my old Jolla, even if not (yet) quite as capable as a 'proper Linux desktop' OS like Debian. 

edit:  Just noticed this thread is for the Little Gem, not the Cossie, apologies for my confusion and gibberish. 

On UT, 10hrs shows no loss of battery. 
On unrooted Android, CoDi set to Power Save ON & switch off on power down:  10hrs shows no loss of battery. 
On unrooted Android, CoDi set to Power Save OFF & NOT switch off on power down:  10hrs shows no loss of battery. 
All on clean freshly flashed installs, so if my battery gauges are to be believed, I wonder if drain is some added apps or processes not letting the CoDi processor go to sleep on power off, amongst other things. 
As a lot of things still seem to be dependent on Android, I would still  recommend going in to Android, and set the Codi to turn of when powering down: It might have an impact on Linux as well...
I think this is a good idea, CoDi has had a mind of it's own since day 1. 

I'm not using my 2 Cosmos at the moment due to mechanical damage to one and network issues to the other, but other than that they both work perfectly, so if you have any ideas that any of you can't reasonably test yourselves as daily drivers I can be the guinea pig. 

Cosmo Communicator - General Discussion / Re: In a pickle
« on: August 13, 2021, 05:16:17 am »
Thanks for your support. 
Definitely 'To be continued'.  A lot of developers, community members and Planet have put a lot of effort into our devices, the least I can do is give it my best shot to fix my own little (probably self inflicted tinkering at the command line) problem.  Sorry to vent with the 'Long version' but maybe someone else will read my long winded waffle six months from now and dig themselves out of a similar hole.  OESF and UBPorts have done that for me many times. 
I haven't had your hardware issues, I mean, I have had hardware issues, but again, only self inflicted, usually involving the wrong trousers and long falls onto hard concrete.  Don't get me started on trousers. 
Every time I've stuffed up software on my Cosmo in the past a reflash has sorted it out, cost me a bit of data, and taught me a lesson, but I just can't fix this one. 
I had the perfect setup, UT on Cosmo, not everyone's perfect setup, but it works so well for me.  Isn't that the beauty of it, a choice. 
I hope to have a solution soon, I'm not out of patience or love, but I'm out of ideas. 
To be continued, Watch this space.

Cosmo Communicator - General Discussion / Re: In a pickle
« on: August 12, 2021, 04:37:12 am »
In a pickle update: 

Long version: 
Well I've tried everything I can think of to fix the sketchy cellular data connection on my shiny Cosmo. 
I've checked IMEI numbers against the numbers on the box, checked they weren't blacklisted online, checked APN settings for consistency, build numbers, image parts, etc, every setting I can see looks okay. 
I've repartitioned and reflashed to Android or Linux, reinstalled Debian and Ubuntu Touch, unlocked the bootloader via FastBoot, started again, and again, but still no reliable network connection on my new Cosmo, whereas the old damaged one still works after the same routines. 
I've tried multiple sims in both slots, with or without the sd card present, on all operating systems, but still no joy on my newer Cosmo. 
I tried going back to Android V19 firmware but I couldn't get recovery mode to see the installer on my sd card.  Probably wouldn't have done any good. 
I haven't tried the SP FlashTool yet.  I haven't read up enough on it yet, haven't found the relevant files, I'm not sure how relevant this tool still is, and I'm out of my depth. 
I've done everything I dare to get busted old Cosmo and shiny new Cosmo back to identical settings to satisfy myself that this is not a software or network issue but a hardware issue, but for a couple of reasons I'm still not sure. 
After a 'Factory Reset', reflashing via recovery mode, boot options on old cosmo vs new cosmo are still different?  That doesn't sound like a reset to me.  I would expect behaviour to be consistent, (if annoying), on any device after a Factory Reset.  Is there a more fundamental level of reset available? 
In Ubuntu Touch I've also noticed some weird behaviour when I try to make a call or send a text.  On occasion the messaging or call app brings up the message 'No sim card, please insert a sim card and try again', whilst at the same moment I can open the pull down menu and see my sim card sitting in either slot, recognised and displaying 2G or 3G.  Surely that's got to be software, (or firmware or settings), but not hardware.  (See attached screenshot) 
On Android I'm also getting some strange behaviour where if the network connection is showing off, and I try to turn it on, a popup asks me if I'm sure I want to turn it off, when it's already off. 
Next stop a report and email to Planet to see if they can help, before I'm tempted to open the bonnet and lose half the fixings down the back of the couch. 

Short version: 
To be continued. 

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