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Cosmo Communicator - Android / Gemini Voice Assist, on Cosmo
« on: March 30, 2020, 10:12:03 pm »
After upgrading to V21 is anyone else getting this free bonus message pop up when they open their Cosmo, or is it just me?  

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I'll lodge a bug report if no one else has yet.

Cosmo Communicator - General Discussion / Latest updates on Indiegogo
« on: March 29, 2020, 06:40:53 pm »
New update No 51 is out now on the other side

Manual update V21 to fix issues identified with V20, OTA update to follow

Cosmo Communicator - Hardware / HDMI out not working
« on: March 01, 2020, 01:08:07 am »
Quote from: spook
You obviously did not perform the recommended goat sacrifice .

Cosmo Communicator - General Discussion / Latest updates on Indiegogo
« on: February 24, 2020, 02:14:10 pm »
New update No 46 is out now on the other side

Cosmo Communicator - Android / Missing firmware updates
« on: February 05, 2020, 04:01:12 am »
Quote from: Zarhan
Firmware updates just started working for me. I updated V15 => V16 => V19. So maybe Planet has gotten the OTA service back online.
I'm on Cosmo-9.0-Planet-01182020-V19.  For a week or two now, the wireless update tool has just been hanging , but after reading this thread today I tried again, and the tool completed its check, 'No updates available', which is nice.

Quote from: gymbo
Don't really know if it "works" without Google play services, but Google Play Store is where it mainly is (suppose you might find it in another store as well), but OfficeSuite supports Open Document formats as an in-app purchase, and I do believe it works completely offline too.
I think I remember OfficeSuite from the Symbian days.  I tried this after downloading from APKPure, but the first thing it wanted to do was run off to google, which is a shame.  I'd happily put my hand in my pocket and pay for it if it wasn't for that.  

Quote from: gymbo
If you just want Open Office support "LibreOffice and OpenOffice document viewer" does, despite the name, support basic editing of those files as well.
I also tried the 'LibreOffice and OpenOffice document viewer' with the beta editing functionality downloaded from F-Droid, but after enabling the 'experimental mode' for editing, I couldn't get it to work, but maybe I'll have another go at it.  

Quote from: gymbo
(It is named "Open Office viewer" on my device, so I had trouble finding it in the store now.
I also noticed that the name things get given on the launcher doesn't always match the name on the store.  This can also make them tricky to find in an alphabetical launcher grid.  I got into the habit of opening new apps directly from the store on completion of installation, then looking for them in 'recently used apps' in settings to delete them.  Maybe I need a new launcher, but that's a different thread.  

Quote from: gymbo
Would like to mention AndrOpen Office too, it is a "port" of Open Office. And it is the only app I know that apparently reads the file header of a file it opens, and handles it correctly from that.
Yup, tried it, it sounded promising.  Wouldn't run without google spy services.  

Quote from: gymbo
There are quite a few other "Open Office" viewers and editors too...)
Looking at my spreadsheet, from AbiWord to ZoHo, I've tried about 20, but can't find something google free, with both ods and odt support, that works offline.  Thanks for the suggestions Gymbo, much appreciated, maybe I should just lose the tin foil hat and accept google, but I just can't.  
I think it's the double o in g  gle, it makes me feel like they're watching me.

Quote from: szopin
Quote from: szopin
All keys seem to work fine which is a huge relief, yay
Welp, spoke too soon, left shift key works only half of the time. Do you guys think it will get better with usage? Is there some safe DIY way to fix it? Really don't want to send the cosmo back as that's at least few weeks on top of the 14 month wait so far, just for one key
Mine had a sticky 'Alt' on the left, every time I opened my Cosmo up it kept getting its nose stuck under the blank bit with the LED in it to the left of the 'Q'.  I also had a slightly dozy 'K' that required a slightly firmer poke.  
I've had mine a month and the 'Alt' key is getting stuck only very occasionally, and I hardly notice the dozy 'K', so it's either settling in or I'm compensating.  
There are a few discussions on here about the KB.  I'd give it a bit of time, hopefully yours will settle in too.

Quote from: gymbo
TextMaker has that, kind of silly, bug that it moves two letters/rows etc. with arrow keys in the Gemini, and I assume it has the same in Cosmo?
Yes it does, in both PlanMaker and TextMaker.  My workaround in PlanMaker is to go to Tools/Customise/Keyboard Mappings then make a new keyboard map and then in Group, scroll down to 'Keyboard', and create a new shortcut key for Commands 'Up' 'Down' 'Left' 'Right', (I used Ctrl+Up, Ctrl+Down, Ctrl+Left, Ctrl+Right), now when I want to navigate by cursor I have to hold the Control key at the same time, and this overrules the usual effect of Ctrl+Direction, but I can now navigate one cell at a time without having to resort to peck and pray on the touchscreen.  
In TextMaker I've just had a look and there is a similar option, but when you have created your new keyboard map the group you need to look for is Editing, and the commands are 'Line up', 'Line down', 'Character left', 'Character right'.  
Pretty ugly workaround eh...  But it works for me.  

Quote from: gymbo
Otherwise, it seems like a good piece of software.
Yes, I think so.  I've been on the hunt for a spreadsheet program and a word processor as well.  
I haven't yet found one that fully meets my requirements:  
.    Doesn't need Google play services
.    Handles ODS and ODT
.    Works completely offline without internet connection
PlanMaker and TextMaker are the best I've found.  I'm sort of resigned to working in xls for now

Quote from: plutopants
Quote from: clasqm
One additional app worth mentioning is Joplin.
My goodness, THANK YOU for this recommendation.
I could imagine any writer could grow to love this tool!
I came across Joplin too.  I've been using it for ToDo, shopping lists, and pre-flight checklists on Ernie the Motorhome.  So I'm not exactly using it for 'Large volume' as the thread title asks for, just bits and bobs, but I can see how it would work.

I get this on laptop as well as mobile.  
It's a pain in the bum.

I've got a question that I'm probably going to regret asking.  Not sure if this belongs here, on the firmware update thread :, on the thread that opened the scary DigiTime can of worms :, or in the rubbish bin.  
If the OTA upgrade tool is now broken, (I've got a spinning circle that's about as responsive as Windows10), looking at a site that effectively doesn't exist, (for good reason, following The Chronicles of Ninji, (Thanks Ninji for investigation, Daniel W for raising the subject here, all others involved, and Planet for taking some prelim action)), we need a new update site or tool.  But if the update tool to fix the update tool is broken, how do you fix that?  
How can our Cosmos that don't 'know' this, download an OTA update to change the OTA update details, isn't that a chicken and egg thing.  How do you fix the thing, if the thing that needs fixing is the thing fixer?  If you see what I mean.  
Or will we be maybe given a browser link to an alternative service to download a one time fix for the download tool, or to download a new download tool?  Or will we need to do some other type of manual update?  Or am I missing something?  
Apologies if this seems like a dumb question, I'm just an Electrical Engineer with a groovy mobile.  Answers in crayon on A3 paper please.  
Thanks again to Ninji for all your sterling work to keep us sleeping safe and sound with our Planet devices.  I read your articles end to end a couple of times and got about one word in every three, but from what I understand in basic principles, and from the responses of other OESF members, I truly appreciate the work you have done.  The way you have given up your free time and expertise 'for fun' for the good of us all is so very refreshing to a cynical old fart like myself.

Quote from: jornada720
What do Cosmo backers think of their device?
Love it.  

Quote from: jornada720
I just didn't like the phone call quality on the Gemini
The Cosmo is the only one of four phones, (E5, Jolla, cheap Alcatel standby, Cosmo), that I've had in my coloursteel clad Faraday cage of a home 3.6km past the middle of nowhere that actually works , and it works well.  I've dragged it through some pretty poor signal strength areas of the North Island of NZ, (We're currently in a paddock, somewhere), in the month that I've had it and I've been repeatedly impressed with its old school Nokia levels of signal coverage.  Getting your ear in the right place for the speaker is a knack, but once you've mastered that you're away.  

Quote from: jornada720
And the dumb plastic hinge design meant that I kept having to get replacement devices.
I can't speak for the Little Gem, I never had one, it wasn't quite right for me, but the Cosmo feels very solid to me.  Earlier today mine had its first spill from two metres onto old hard concrete as I exited my MotorHome at a fuel station, (the wrong trousers), and the only reminder is a small scuff on the corner it bounced on and a sight kiss on the camera bezel where it came to rest.  No harm done.  The trousers have been replaced.  
Time will tell on the longevity of the Cosmo, (or anything), but knowing that it has come from a company with a designer with experience going all the way back to the Psion devices, coupled to the way it feels in my hands, (even after a 2m bounce from the concrete), I'm confident I will be enjoying my Cosmo for years, or until the PC03 comes along:).  

Quote from: jornada720
I have been trying to find reviews of the Cosmo since it began shipping
I can't understand this either, wouldn't any mobile phone tech journalist be thrilled to get something different to review for the first time in a decade, (okay second time).

Cosmo Communicator - CoDi / Contacts list on cover display
« on: January 05, 2020, 12:44:23 am »
I have between 300 & 400 contacts and I'm not seeing this problem.  
I imported my contacts by emailing myself a copy of an "All.vcf" file I'd created on my other laptop to my Cosmo, then opened the attachment in 'AirMail' and let 'Contacts' process it.  
I don't know about this known bug, or if the method I used is even relevant, but I thought it may help.

Edit:  Ignore me above, I'm seeing the same behaviour myself, no contacts on CODI beyond M.

Cosmo Communicator - Hardware / Speakers
« on: January 03, 2020, 12:29:54 am »
Quote from: gidds
The phase problem is more subtle (I had to create a test file to make certain), but it still has a serious effect on the sound, making it quieter (especially in the lower frequencies), more distant, less clear — and much more susceptible to odd effects depending exactly where you are in relation to it.

I haven't tested the Cosmo yet, but judging from some of the comments above, it may still be a problem… 
I recall a thread about the speaker phase issue on the Gemini, I think someone, (Zevv), developed a little fix, but then that would throw the microphone output out of phase, I'm not sure if it was ever fully resolved.
Here it is:

Quote from: vader
Stereo separation is excellent, and there is plenty of volume to play with.
I also find that the stereo separation is excellent, my ears are 171.4mm apart, exactly the same as the speaker grilles on the Cosmo, I think this is no coincidence.  This was the main reason I became a backer

Quote from: maki.jouni
Nice to hear that everything went well, you had that "home made delivery problem"  
Thanks Maki.Jouni, the 'home made delivery problem' was all my own fault, but despite my very best efforts to completely stuff things up, Planet still delivered, and I'm loving my new Cosmo.  Even though you folk with more 'exclusive' keyboards may have to wait a little longer, from my few days of experience I can reassure you that it will be worth the wait.

Cosmo Communicator - General Discussion / News from CES 2019
« on: December 31, 2019, 04:10:08 pm »
I found a couple of references to FreeRTOS online, not sure how reliable these are, I can't find anything directly from PC.

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