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10 Nov 2019
Alright. I have about 48 hours now of getting acquainted with my new Cosmo and sorting out the ends and bits of using it as an unsupported device on Google Fi.

Top line? Works - so long as you DO NOT INSTALL THE GOOGLE FI APP. Doing so means that if you ever want to receive an SMS message again you're looking at a factory reset AND getting stuck in a never ending loop of failed device registration.

I shut down my old Google Fi phone, pulled the SIM, put it and a 400GB Sandisk card into the Cosmo, powered on and it worked. Then I installed the Google Fi app, merrily went about installing dozens of other things - then figured out that my SMS sends were not making it through.

Trouble shooting on a long road... I went through four factory resets, trying different methods and twists of installing the Google Fi app. Voice, data, SMS work before installing the Google Fi app. After, Voice and Data still work, SMS receive works, but SMS send dies and the app fails to register the device properly - which throws it into a never ending fail to register loop - which eats battery..

Other than not being able to run the Google Fi application itself, it seems to be working quite well. Every time I restart, the device prompts me to install the Google Fi application so that it is fully registered. So, I have to select 'later' every time.

When I log into the Google Fi application via web browser, it has the Planet Cosmo Communicator listed as one of my devices and with my proper phone number assigned to it.

Will this device ever be fully supported by Google Fi and it's application? Well, I doubt Google Fi is going to even blink unless they have a few thousand of these showing up on their network.

Is anyone else trying to use the Cosmo on Google Fi? Have you had any better/worse/different results than I have?
14 Feb 2019
It works. In fact, it works pretty darn well actually.

Neverwinter Nights is seeing a pretty significant resurgence in popularity with the BeamDog Enhanced Edition updates and being present on the Steam store for PC/Mac/Linux. However, hidden in all of that is a release through Google Play for NWNEE Android.

NWN is a keyboard heavy game. It requires using WASD -and- arrow keys for navigation - you have to rotate the world and zoom in/out to see/do things. AND on persistent worlds in particular, being able to communicate requires that keyboard. I don't think of it as playable on a phone. The Gemini changes that equation.

Not only is it playable, but it is enjoyable to play on the Gemini. Last night I was logged in an playing on a NWN persistent world with ~90 other players on it. I was able to navigate, communicate, etc. Complex combat 'in game' for spellcasters might be a bit difficult - I haven't tried that yet. For things like that you might still want to use a 'gaming rig'. But for connecting and 'social interaction', it's a fantastic mobile solution.
30 May 2018
So, Google just announced two new phones to be available for use on Google Fi. Both are glass slabs just like the other glass slabs that they offered before.

From my understanding, the Gemini has the requisite antenna support.

What it would need, in my theory, is the carrier & WiFi hopping magic software that Google Fi uses on their phones.

Frankly, all carriers could do with a bit more variety in their offerings. Google's offerings in particular has been distinctly saddening.

Planet Computers would be unlikely to get a meeting with Google Fi's product guy, but I can dream, right?
24 May 2018
Has anyone found an Andriod app that uses the FM radio tuner? Everything I am finding is strictly streaming, which misses the point.
22 May 2018
So, if you put a 64GB or larger 'factory formatted' card into your Gemini, it forces you to format the card prior to recognizing it.

The Gemini apparently does not support ExFAT. Why not? How do we get it included so that it can behave like any other Android phone from the last 5+ years with regards to SDXC media?

Of note - Gemini has claimed support of microSDXC media to 256GB. The SD association specification for SDXC media over 32GB includes ExFAT. Without that, the product is, 'out of spec'.

Yes, I know, Microsoft proprietary format adopted as an industry specification without consulting the masses, EXT4 would have been better, etc... None of that is relevant though.

Your modern stand-alone camera will require EXFAT on all cards > 32GB.

This has far more to do with device interactions than the Gemini's internal microSDXC usage.

Put that card in a USB reader, connect it to the Gemini, and it fails to recognize it and demands that your camera card be formatted. Copying files off of USB mounted SDXC or microSDXC media to the Gemini is a no-go without an Android ExFAT driver.
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