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  Language settings on first boot?
Posted by: davecykl - 05-20-2018, 02:51 PM - Forum: Android on Gemini - Replies (1)

When I first booted my Gemini (into Android) the language selection screen was in German (described as "Deutsch (Austria)" (I think the "Deutsch" was indeed 'auf Deutsch' in the menu, but it might actually have said "German"), which was a little unexpected. I do realise that I am showing some anglocentrism here, however!

For someone with no knowledge of German, this might have been a little problematic, as the only other language shown in the drop-down menu was "English (Austria)". Luckily I speak enough German that I could understand the "Choose another language" button (which definitely was written in German ('Andere Sprach wahlen" or similar, I can't remember exactly)), and so then select "English (UK)" as the default language, from a full list of languages. (I'm not sure why "English (Austria)" was the only other option, but it seemed that it would be instinctively wrong to have chosen it.)

I don't know if this is the default chosen because of the particular model of my Gemini (US keyboard, with Europlug), or if it is the default for some other models as well?

We are probably all familiar, when encountering an unexpected language, to scrolling through the language list to choose our preferred language, but if the initial list only includes a small subset of languages, we then need to be able to recognise the means to select from the other languages available, to choose our preferred language. As I said, this wasn't a significant problem for me, but as many people around the world probably do not know any German at all, but, due to the history of the tech history and the status of English as a lingua franca, they probably would be able to recognise enough English to be able to find the "Choose another language" button if it was written in English. I would be interested to know if this is how all, or only some, Geminis are initially shipped?

I then had the problem of confirming my keyboard layout: I don't know if the US keyboard was set correctly out of the box or not, but I was able to (re?)confirm this after bodging through the keyboard preferences somehow (which is quite confusing in itself): it was a bit puzzling that the layout was described as English (but with with no country-specific suffix) until I selected "English (US)" explicitly (and I think it was pre-set as "Use system languages", which in my case would probably have been incorrect because of the difference between my locale language and my keyboard layout). My keyboard does seem to be working correctly as US, but it was a slightly confusing process (especially as there are also both "Google" and "AOSP" on-screen keyboards that can be configured separately). This may just be my unfamiliarity with the Android settings menus, however.

I am just mentioning these mainly because they might be something that might need a little more work to become more user-friendly when a new owner boots up their Gemini for the first time?

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  Trying & Failing To Flash
Posted by: xero50 - 05-20-2018, 11:36 AM - Forum: Linux on Gemini - Replies (6)

I wonder if someone can help me out here please.
I wish to flash with Debian dual-boot. However, when I select the Scatter file for that, the flashing tool no longer allows me to select any of the fields and gives the complaint :
"Please select one ROM at least before execution."

I have however managed successfully to reflash Android using the same flashing tool application as for some reason, that automatically selects all of the fields when the scatter file is selected for android.
I have tried this on a variety of computers and operating systems including Ubuntu 16.04. Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 18.04, Fedora, OpenSuse, Windows 7, but all with the same result. I have also tried to use a variety of Scatter files, all with the same result.
I am now three days in and beginning to wonder if this is indeed possible..........

Any help or direction would be gratefully received

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  LXQt GUI setup
Posted by: matt - 05-19-2018, 04:01 PM - Forum: Linux on Gemini - Replies (1)

My first post here. I've just installed Linux on my new Gemini. After installation, the configuration info at https://github.com/gemian/gemini-keyboar...i/DebianTP was very useful, so thanks for that.

To.(hopefully) make this a useful first post, I thought I'd share my LXQt GUI configuration options for the Gemini. These can mostly be set in the GUI, but I found it easier to do it as described here via ssh and a text editor (nano is installed by default).

For all of these changes, the file you need to edit is ~/.config/lxqt/panel.conf (make a backup first if you're unsure). You'll need to make these changes when you're not logged in to LXQt, or it might overwrite your modifications.

Please feel welcome to share any GUI settings you've found useful.

Make things bigger

By default, icons and menu text are small. Make them bigger by modifying the following values under [panel1]:


And adding/modifying the following under [mainmenu]:


(default font size is 11).

Show the date in the clock widget

Under [clock] add:


Optionally, you can change the time format, by adding/modifying timeFormat, for example:

        timeFormat=HH:mm     (default: 24 hour clock)
        timeFormat=hh:mma    (12 hour with am/pm)

Fix to make the volume widget actually change the volume

The volume control didn't work for me until, under [volume], I modified:


(Still not perfect: audio goes to both headphones and speakers - I can't get it to go to just the headphones.)

Move main panel to left edge

Since the Gemini screen is not tall, saving vertical space for application windows is useful, so I moved the panel to the left edge.

Under [panel1] modify:


Optional: To stop the clock rotating, and to stop the font for the date being shrunk, under [clock] add/modify:


Add a second panel on right side

Duplicate the whole [panel1] section, but change the name to [panel2] and change:


Then, under [general], change:

        panels=panel1, panel2

(The name "panel2" can be be whatever you want - as long as it matches in both places.)

Now, under [panel1] and [panel2], change the plugins list to your taste. I like:

        plugins=quicklaunch, tray, statusnotifier, volume, mainmenu

        plugins=taskbar, showdesktop, clock

Customise the (now vertical) Taskbar

With a vertical taskbar, I found it useful to add the following options under [taskbar]:

        autoRotate=false    (stop items being shown sideways)
        buttonStyle=Icon     (show icon without text)

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  Planet App Bar suggestion
Posted by: qzmeng - 05-17-2018, 05:08 AM - Forum: Android on Gemini - Replies (1)

I am not sure where is the place to make this suggestion but it would be great if the number keys along the top row of the keyboard were bound to the buttons in the App bar. So you could press Planet, 1 to go to the desktop, Planet, 2 to open your mail and so on.  Even better would be if the display would line up with the physical keys.

This gives a good 9-10 apps which could be accessible with two keypresses or a key combination.

If you see the old HP Omnibook keyboards, its the same idea except they used a paper strip above the keyboard to indicate which key opens which app.

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  Any ETA on accelerated video drivers?
Posted by: depscribe - 05-15-2018, 02:18 AM - Forum: Linux on Gemini - Replies (2)

Much of the usability of Gemini running Linux is tied to accelerated video drivers. Is there any word on how/whether they're proceeding?

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  Lid Switch Behavior - can it be changed?
Posted by: Grench - 05-14-2018, 08:29 PM - Forum: Android on Gemini - No Replies

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 working. 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 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, the remote functions work fine as long as the lid is open and Google Assistant is FULLY turned off. 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?  Keyboard driver or other?

Is there a hidden menu somewhere that allows the user to override it's default settings?  Turning the screen off is fine, but it appears to be going past that point.

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  android developer tools vs flash_tool
Posted by: larsthegeek - 05-12-2018, 02:29 AM - Forum: Gemini Flash/Partition tool - Replies (1)

I am potentially erring here by not testing this myself, but is there some idiosyncrasy to the Gemini that make it so one can't just use old friends such as adb and fastboot to perform tasks such as adding a new recovery tool (twrp and friends), unlocking the bootloader (fastbook oem unlock) etc.  

Does one *have* to use the mediatec flash tool?  On my nexus tablet I've never needed anything other than the android developer kit.

Again, not trying to be snarky, just curious.  In my specific case, it is a pain to get the flash_tool running as my linux distro (QubesOS) has security limits on what a USB device can and cannot do which interfere with using the flash tool.

Cheers, and thanks for any feedback.

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  Quirky behavior with Apple USB-C charger
Posted by: michel-slm - 05-11-2018, 01:00 AM - Forum: Android on Gemini - No Replies

I just got my PDA a couple of days ago, and since I already have a few USB-C devices at home I'm not using the provided charger yet.

Charging with an Anker charger that does USB-PD works fine; charging with a USB type-A to type-C cable connected to my monitor also works fine. Charging with an Apple power adapter though, is interesting:

- if I power off the device and plug the charger then it charges
- if I then power on and boot to Android, it correctly reports as charging
- if I then unplug and replug the PDA no longer charges.

So for some reason when Android is booted it refuses to initialize the charging process ... any idea why, and do other people have similar experiences either with the same charger or another?

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  Newbie Questions
Posted by: bent - 05-08-2018, 04:14 PM - Forum: Android on Gemini - Replies (2)

Hi. I just got my Gemini and I have a few questions:
1. There seems to be a screen protector on the screen (because there are air bubbles). I cannot, however, remove it. Is it removable?
2. I see that there is a program to control the LEDs but I don't see a way to assign individual light patterns to particular callers. Is this feature working yet?
3. I heard that Planet Computers is developing a calendar/agenda app. Is that available yet? If so, where can I find it?
4, I have been trying to download the Linux software but when I try to extract the .zip file, it fails at 52%, producing a Windows error (0x80004005). Is this a known issue? I have tried on two Windows computers, both running the latest version of Windows that came out a few days ago.
Any answers would be much appreciated. Thanks,

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  Power off issues
Posted by: nafmo - 03-26-2018, 02:48 PM - Forum: Linux on Gemini - Replies (2)

Is anyone else seeing issues powering off the device from the Linux side? I have it up and running fine now, but powering off never succeeds. It starts to power off, but then freezes (with the screen still on). I have to press Off (Fn+Esc) for 10 seconds to force-poweroff.

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