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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.
14 May 2018
This stems from me wanting to be able to do something that should be quite simple.

I want to play and control playback of audio over a wired headset while the Gemini is shut and in my pocket. The audio playback question itself is solved in another thread here. This one is specific to the lid switch behavior. Audio player information here is given on background to detail why I want the lid switch behavior to be different.

I have an Android earbuds headset with Android compatible in-line three button remote. The remote allows me to:
Top button = volume up
Middle button 1X = play or pause toggle
Middle button 2X = next track
Middle button 3X = previous track
Bottom button = volume down

On the Gemini, this works fine as long as the lid is open. Normal operations with the audio program open = perfect. 'locked' at the lock screen with audio controls = perfect.

Close the Gemini lid, though, and the audio continues, but the controls fail.

When the Gemini lid closes, what state does the unit place itself in? This isn't the same as most Android phones screen-off state. It is something else - but what to call this? Tupor?

Where is the Gemini lid close behavior monitored and maintained in the software stack? Is there a hidden menu somewhere that allows the user to override it's default settings?
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