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> Android 8.1 for the Gemini to be available later this week, New article on GeminiPlanet about the new features of this release
Daniel W
post May 6 2019, 01:15 PM
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QUOTE(Roger @ May 6 2019, 06:09 PM) *
Can anyone post instructions on how to update if we did repartition and use multiboot/root? I'm not seeing any updated firmware files via the official partition tool or support.planetcom.co.uk.

According to https://geminiplanet.com/planet-release-and...or-the-gemini-2
"...files for manual installation on rooted, or dual-boot devices will be made available for download".
I'd presume this is supposed to happen once the OTA updates calms down a bit (as of writing this, the OTA server just seems choked).

Presumably the files will be put here: http://support.planetcom.co.uk/index.php/Gemini_Firmware
That page then refers to: http://support.planetcom.co.uk/index.php/A..._Flashing_Guide
Disclaimer:I'm just a plain Android (plaindroid?) user, so I have no experience of my own with the above.
And, oh, Roger, I suppose you already knew where to look for the files. I included those links just in case other people doesn't know where to look.
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post May 6 2019, 02:47 PM
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It seems borked because the update check tells the Gemini to download this missing file http://flare02.iofota.com/EASTAEON_FTPRO16...90429094213.zip
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post May 6 2019, 07:10 PM
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QUOTE(MarkD @ May 6 2019, 03:47 PM) *
It seems borked because the update check tells the Gemini to download this missing file http://flare02.iofota.com/EASTAEON_FTPRO16...90429094213.zip

That appears to be a CloudFlare served Chinese hosted origin server. The update has been removed now, hopefully we will be able to update this week...
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post May 6 2019, 08:12 PM
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I was able to nab a copy https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WQpPidG_UE...ew?usp=drivesdk
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post May 6 2019, 08:31 PM
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QUOTE(MarkD @ May 7 2019, 04:12 PM) *


Hi Mark,

The updater on the Gemini failed the download and in the logcat I could find the cloudflare iofota.com host would time out or not respond.The Firmware Update app also thought it completed the download, but the file was incomplete. I can confirm that the updater now no longer offers the update. I was able to wget the file however. This is the SHA256SUM for my download (Gemini PDA 4G x27)

1431c21d98cd66b54cb753323eaca11a3d6a6bd28edabff412dfe546b5e50028

I wrote the file to a vfat SD card and renamed it to ota.zip.
Then I toggled a manual OTA via the SD card from the Firmware Updater tool within Android.The updater copied the file and performed the update. It worked fine and rebooted after a while to Oreo. I have not done much testing yet.

DISCLAIMER : Do this on your own risk on a stock Android layout only! Neither me or Planet Computer endorse this method or will provide support if something breaks.

Cheers,
Greg

https://imgur.com/a/GQ3RErJ

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post May 6 2019, 10:50 PM
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Hello,

my Gemini (rooted) shows a firmware update notification, but I don't dare tapping on it, because I don't know what happens then. I don't want "Over-the-air"-updates, and as seen here, it fails anyway.

How do I get rid of the notification? And how can I prevent getting "OTA"-notifications in the future?

Thanks a lot, kind regards.

P.S.: Got the courage and tapped the notification. It only showed that the version I have (Gemini-7.1-Planet-31102018-V2.<2018-10-31 09:54>) is the newest one. Does it mean the OTA-update is revoked? Or does it mean that the device or the update process knows that the update isn't applicable, since the device is rooted? Why then give me a notification in the first place? Don't you just hate those intransparencies?

Remains the question how I prevent those (obviously useless) notifations in the future.
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post May 6 2019, 11:57 PM
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QUOTE(Eldkatten @ May 7 2019, 06:50 PM) *
Hello,

my Gemini (rooted) shows a firmware update notification, but I don't dare tapping on it, because I don't know what happens then. I don't want "Over-the-air"-updates, and as seen here, it fails anyway.

How do I get rid of the notification? And how can I prevent getting "OTA"-notifications in the future?

Thanks a lot, kind regards.

P.S.: Got the courage and tapped the notification. It only showed that the version I have (Gemini-7.1-Planet-31102018-V2.<2018-10-31 09:54>) is the newest one. Does it mean the OTA-update is revoked? Or does it mean that the device or the update process knows that the update isn't applicable, since the device is rooted? Why then give me a notification in the first place? Don't you just hate those intransparencies?

Remains the question how I prevent those (obviously useless) notifations in the future.


Yes, the update was revoked due to download bandwidth / connection issues it seems.
No idea about support for rooted or custom partition layouts. I would be careful. Maybe wait for Planet to post an update on the current situation.

The link above shows a way to manually update the Firmware from within stock Android for 4G x27 based devices.
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post May 7 2019, 12:28 AM
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Just to say I've used MarkD's download and got my x27 Gemini 4G up onto 8.1. Slight worry on first reboot when only the left half of the screen displayed for the first part of the rotating planets, but it's fine now and Force Rotate seems to work OK. Seems to have remembered who I am, and my sign-in details for other apps.

Thanks MarkD.
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post May 7 2019, 12:37 AM
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Doesn't the OTA updater verify the checksum before applying the update???

That sounds like a gigantic oversight if it doesn't
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post May 7 2019, 12:59 AM
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I also installed MarkD's download (after checking SHA256SUM). The OTA updater appears to also check some checksum.

The upgrade went without problems. After the update two new applications (keyboard apps, one is called "pinyin input", the other "indic keyboard") want access to my google account. I did not grant access.

Edit: Possibly, this is what caused the update revoke as no keyboard application should be granted vast permissions to use my google account.
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post May 7 2019, 01:03 AM
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Annoyed but not surprised that the download was revoked due to bandwidth issues.

From what I could see the 8.1 update was 1.05Gb in size. Assuming the updater does a straight file download rather than clever p2p trickery like BitTorrent, then given that Planet Computers have shipped at least 800 Geminis -- just by adding up the numbers on the Indiegogo page -- then they probably got hit by demand for on the order of a terabyte of bandwidth in a few hours. (I'm assuming everyone was checking for updates daily at this point …) As the number of backers on the campaign is over 7000, I suspect that's a better figure for shipments, in which case make it 8-10Tb of downloads. Which really does demand a CDN and some sort of careful planning before launch, rather than just dropping it on a web server and walking away.
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post May 7 2019, 02:03 AM
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My OTA update got to ~74MB until it stopped yesterday.

Today the updater shows "New version found", but the rest of the info (PatchID, PatchSize, UpdateDate) is all blank.

The GUI seems to have hung and even the settings button doesn't work.

Tried restarting the app and the device, but still the same. Fingers crossed it fixes itself when they resolve the download server issues!
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post May 7 2019, 03:11 AM
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My OTA had given up today, although last night I had set it to download automatically. This morning it said it had, but also said it was at the latest version & refused to do anything.

Successfully updated using the update above, thanks!

Off to test my audio issues..
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post May 7 2019, 03:46 AM
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I have also successfully flashed it, thanks MarkD for the file and greguu for the tips! On my Gemini I have not seen the "half screen" bug, the screen was working as expected already during the first boot. I have not seen any slowdown or any other type of issue, also apparently none of my settings or contact has been lost after the update.

AFAIK, this OTA update file is intended only for Wifi+4G users with the default, unrooted Android-only configuration, so better to wait for an official release for other devices/configurations.

Varti
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post May 7 2019, 04:27 AM
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QUOTE(Varti @ May 6 2019, 10:54 AM) *
I'm still stuck at "PauseDownload", I'm now trying to reboot again, fingers crossed...

EDIT: Someone on Facebook has suggested (at your own risk!) to delete the Firmware Update app's cache to trigger again the download. I have tried it, but now the download is stuck at 69MB, anyway if anyone would like to try it too: go to Settings > Apps > dots menu (top right) Show System > find Firmware Update > Storage > Clear Data.

Varti


Thanks for this tip.

After clearing data the update app no longer hangs and I'm able to access settings etc. It now reports that there are no updates available, but at least it is reporting the current installed version!
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