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6 Jun 2018
So after about a month with the Gemini as my daily device, I can say that my Chromebook Pixel LS, even though it's a beast of a machine, is getting less and less use compared to the Gemini. Reason being: it's a lot bigger, a lot heavier and for moments that require a quick input with a keyboard, the Gemini is much easier to use.

Yes, the keyboard will get easier to type on. I'm at the point now where I can touch type. I'm going to see if I can get a replacement keyboard mat because some keys are sticky and uneven in terms of travel, but I'm typing this on the Gemini outside at my complex's patio by the pool.

The Gemini has also been my daily driver cellular device (replacing my smartphone) as well. I'm not a big phone talker to begin with, so that aspect doesn't matter much to me. Nonetheless, there is another benefit to the Gemini that no one speaks about: the added step to use it.

I think this is a huge BENEFIT and not a hindrance, because I would often find myself taking my smartphone out of my pocket and aimlessly checking my email or looking at the device. When the screen is right there and it's so easily accessible to pick it up and turn it on, that habit can easily be formed. Having to open the clamshell of the Gemini forces an extra step, and in a lot of situations I find myself just leaving it in my pocket or bag instead of turning it on.

At the end of the day, I am finding this computer the best mobile computer I have, because it's always there, takes up no space, and is easy to use. My two machines at the moment are my Windows PC and the Gemini.

Just my 2c.
4 Jun 2018
Anyone else experience this? Auto-brightness is turned off in settings (checked multiple times to see if it toggled back on) but the device keeps dimming itself. I haven't quite figured out whether it's due to apps or ambient light conditions, but it happens fairly often.
4 Jun 2018
I'm rooted with TWRP recovery and Xposed. Does anyone know a way to update via Flashtool that won't be destructive when it comes to data?

I'm guessing I'll have to re-flash the rooted boot-img and recovery every time and likely have to re-flash the Xposed zip within TWRP, but is there a way to keep data?

If not I'm guessing I'll have to TitaniumBackup all the apps/data.
27 May 2018
Would it be possible to flash Neverware on the Gemini? I would love this device running ChromeOS.
27 May 2018
Hi everyone,

This is my first post, but I have been reading this forum and the Gemini Planet facebook group since before I received my device. After using it as my main device for about a month now, I've tweaked various settings and solved certain issues with workarounds. If you are familiar with rooting an Android device and using the Xposed Framework, this really opens up your options.

Keyboard Shortcuts/Homescreen
I found the Planet App Bar to be pretty underwhelming and didn't find it fast at all for task switching. Installing Nova Launcher and setting the option for the home button to open the app drawer on the home screen gives you the ability to use Fn+D to return to the home screen and then Fn+D again to open the app drawer if you wish. Also, install Button Mapper: Remap Your Keys. Within that program, disable its functionality on every app except Nova Launcher. Then, I found the best option was using Long Press for the keys but turning the long press down to the shortest option in milliseconds. What this allows you to do is hit Fn+D to return home, and then long press C to launch Chrome, for example.

I have C for Chrome, M for google Maps, E to open a new email directly in Inbox, I for Inbox, G for Gmail, T for opening a new text message in Hangouts, S for Do Not Disturb Mode, Q for my Car Mode Tasker task, etc. The possibilities are endless, and when combined with Tasker this becomes a pretty powerful tool to multitask. It is leaps and bounds faster than the App Bar.

Rotation
The locked rotation with the Planet App Bar sucks. Download Ultimate Rotation Control and pay for the app after the trial ends, it is absolutely worth it. Set the app to Force Auto, and with the Planet App Bar disabled, this will force apps to be landscape that don't like to be, and rotate the screen when you turn the device to portrait. If you want further customization, you can set different rotation settings for different apps.

Hardware vs Virtual Keyboard
One of the issues with the device is having to click into the keyboard settings every time you want to turn the device portrait to enable the virtual keyboard. Then, if you turn the device back to landscape you have to turn it off because now you have the hardware keyboard and the virtual keyboard taking up half the screen. This was really irritating me and I solved it with a Tasker profile. You'll need Tasker and the Secure Settings which is worth every penny. Create the following:

Profile: State → Display Orientation → Portrait
Enter Task: Plugin → Secure Settings → 1. Hardware Keyboard Enabled 2. Input Method Gboard (or whatever other virtual keyboard you use)
Exit Task: Plugin → Secure Settings → 1. Hardware Keyboard Disabled 2. Input Method Gemini Keyboard

It seems backwards with the Hardware Keyboard settings, but that's how to get it to work. Now, when you rotate the device to portrait and click on a text box, the Virtual Keyboard will appear automatically and you can type using the touch screen. When you go back to landscape, the virtual keyboard will no longer show, and you'll be back to using the hardware keyboard.

ROM Tweaks
I highly recommend using the GravityBox Xposed Module. This module allows you so much customization. My favorite uses are for Immersive Mode (you can set it to hide the nav bar and status bar, one, or both. I also have the settings enabled to slide across the status bar for brightness control (this is the fastest and best way to change brightness), adding the date in the status bar, battery percentage text,a RAM bar in the recent apps menu, etc, etc. It is a very powerful module.

System UI Tuner
Finally, this option gives you more control over which apps "peek" when you get a notification and some other settings. Swipe down from the status bar and hold the settings gear for 10-15 seconds. It will start spinning and then enable the System UI Tuner. From there, go into Other → Power Notification Controls and turn it on. Then, when you go to an app's notification settings, you can set the importance of specific apps. For Hangouts, Inbox, and Gmail, I always want notifications to peek across the screen when it comes through. By setting them to Level 5, you will see a notification across your screen no matter what app you're in when you receive one.


These are the best tweaks I can think of at the moment. I'll post more later when I think of them.
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