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Just would like to point out, like I did in another thread - definitely don't uncomment the v3 mirror on Gemian. Even though you're not upgrading anything, the risk of it BREAKING v4 is extremely high. Accidents can happen. Definitely leave the APT config as-is - the server will be back soon.
I suspect they're lying. There is no Android 12 yet, Planet is working on shipping the Astro and getting Linux going. The update server is down, correct. I have no idea when it will return, but it's due to a hardware fault.

I have been working on a cloud-based OTA service, so if anyone has any thoughts let me know. The idea is for this to replace OTA on all Planet devices.

I think it's possible to flash the modem too. I just need further information.

I haven't yet started the LineageOS port for Astro, as I'm waiting to sign an NDA for the source code- including for CoDi!
Do not follow these instructions. It's too big of a risk, and downgrading v4 Gemian WILL brick your device. The server should be back up soon, but Planet is very busy. Believe me, as a dev, we're not in the best position either. Kindly avoid downgrading v4 to v3, it uses a whole different foundation for the distro.
Astro Slide - Hardware / Re: Astro Slide Stylus
« Last post by Dom (shymega) on September 15, 2022, 02:53:53 pm »
No, haven't tested. Don't need it really.

These products are often just rebranded pens and claim to be for X products. It's an easy cash grab for the sellers. Don't be easily fooled by that :)
I tried using the Planet Updater app yesterday, but I get message:
Error Checking for update. Failed to connect to
The website appears down, (according to and a couple of others), so I don't think the problem is at your end, but I wouldn't have a clue when it will be back up again. 
Not sure if this thread is relevant or helpful or completely unrelated:

Someone on the IGG Astro comments page said they updated Astro to Android 12.
I wouldn't know about IGG comments, I tend to avoid it, it's a bit toxic for my tastes  :o , but maybe they found another source or method for the download and install. 
Astro Slide - Android / update to Android 12 - Does Planet Updater Work For Anyone?
« Last post by ArchiMark on September 15, 2022, 10:16:16 am »

Someone on the IGG Astro comments page said they updated Astro to Android 12.

I tried using the Planet Updater app yesterday, but I get message:

Error Checking for update. Failed to connect to

Tried several times.

Any suggestions?



Cosmo Communicator - Linux / Re: Gemian-planet Thinkglobally buster repository down error
« Last post by Varti on September 14, 2022, 06:49:53 am »
Thanks for this tutorial, I hope the build server will be eventually put back online. I have fixed a couple of URLs in your post (https:/ -> https://).

If you are looking to update to install apps, then I have a workaround (see below).
Currently upgrading breaks the installation, which appears to be due to critical gemian apps being downgraded with update.
Working out which Gemian packages to hold prior to an upgrade is on my to do list.

UPDATE: See comment from Shymega below - he is concerned about the risks of this approach, which is understandable.  Note: this is currently the only way to install apps.  I recommend only installing apps that you know are going to be ok with this install method (see my install guide) or only installing apps on a Cosmo that you don't mind re-formatting if things going wrong. 
I recommend uncommenting the line again afterwards to avoid accidentally upgrading anything (which WILL break your installation).

See my linux installation guide for the Communicator:
#unfortunately deb buster main has been taken down by Planet, so we need to comment it out in the sources list.
#vi can be flaky and we can't install vim yet, so use nano to edit the file
Code: [Select]
sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list.d/gemian.list
#comment out the currently offline old V3 firmware planet repository
Code: [Select]
deb buster main
#deb buster main
#save the file and exit

Code: [Select]
sudo apt update#when asked about accepting that the repository has changed from stable to oldstable, select 'yes'
Cosmo Communicator - Linux / Re: Full installation guide KDE Plasma on Cosmo Communicator
« Last post by jakfish on September 13, 2022, 10:01:16 am »
What a great How-To. Having written one for the Gemini, I know how much work it entails. Clear, broad, and thorough--thank you for all your effort.

If I could find a battery for my Cosmo, I would follow your guide in a second.

Cosmo Communicator - Android / Restoring from Google drive backup
« Last post by DanskFantom on September 10, 2022, 02:08:11 am »
How do you restore an android Google drive backup to the Communicator?

There is no option at boot when doing a sytem restore and no option within Google Drive or System Settings after first booting in.
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