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21 Nov 2018
So, I'd kind of like a rugged case for my Gemini, but options are problematic.

Option 1: if you can find one of the old Palm-Tec hard shell cases for a Psion 3/5, it actually fits! The footprint of the Gemini is nearly identical. However, the Gemini is shallower than the Psions, so requires about 5-8mm of padding. Alternatively, the case is too deep. I have one of these and it's the best I've found so far ... and they're rare as hens teeth even on eBay.

Option 2: The Otterbox Drybox 3250. Interior dimensions match, and it's IP68 waterproof and really rugged. Alas, the interior is about 5cm deeper than necessary for the Gemini! Room for a booster battery and cables and stuff, but ... more than I need.

Anyway. Dissatisfied with the leather sleeve; what are the chances of Planet doing a deal with a 3rd party vendor to produce a run of a Drybox sized exactly right for the Gemini and/or Cosmo? Basically a hard water/drop resistant case for transporting the PDA?
25 Jun 2018
See subject; as a non-Android dude I'm finding the existing advice on flashing new firmware somewhat opaque, especially as I'm more interested in unlocking the Gemini (so I can install ad blockers and backup utilities, rather than dual-booting), preferably without losing my already-installed apps and data.

Any suggestions?
13 Jun 2018
I ordered a camera module separately, and the order shows as locked, but there've been no updates to the Planet Computer order tracking database since early May.

I gather some folks have received camera modules; does anyone know if Planet have shipped them all, or if they're dribbling out slowly?
24 May 2018
I suddenly realized that the Gemini has 5 lid LEDs. And of course the Google Voice button.

All I want now is a simple app that monitors the voice button and, when it's pressed (big clue: I have no use for the voice button -- I use mine as a PDA) flashes the LEDs to emulate a binary watch, displaying first the hour (in 24 hour format) and then, a second later, the minute past the hour. So that when my Gemini is closed I can use it as a very bulky, pointless, binary watch.

Anyone know if enough of the APIs are exposed to make this possible?
10 May 2018
See subject.

The standard way of installing themes on 7.1.1 requires a theme engine such as Substratum (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?...jekt.substratum), but Substratum requires root.

Before I go away and root my Gemini (cue endless backup/restore hassle), are there any ways of installing a theme without first obtaining root?

NB: I'm only after this because I want a universal dark theme; the screen glare in apps that don't individually provide a dark theme is ... annoying. If there's a way to enable a nighttime mode globally, I'd settle for that.
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