I recently reviewed the Gemini from Plant Computers and I was on the whole quite impressed with the way it worked. Apart from a few issues with the build (primarily down to the pre-production status of my review device), I was left happy and enthused about the product.
One of the things that I did not delve into too much was the fact that the device can be used with other OS platforms. As things currently stand, the device can be used with Android 7 and Ubuntu (there is another Linux environment that can be used but I forget the name). Well coming very soon Gemini owners will have the option of using Sailfish 3.0 on the device too.
A lot of you may be wondering why this is news. The truth of the matter is that, whilst it is not an earth-shattering story, it shows how flexible (pun intended) this device can really be. I’ve already had the chance to have a very early play with Sailfish on the Gemini when I saw the device back at MWC earlier in the year. Things were looking pretty sweet even back then. Roll on 4 months and things look even better.
The adoption of the OS on the Gemini will bring all the benefits of Sailfish to the table including:
- Over-the-air (OTA) updates
- Jolla Store access
- End-user support
- Full support for landscape user-interface (UI)
- Encrypted user data and communications
- Android app support
- Refreshed user interface, with improvements like redesigned email
The one thing I really liked about Sailfish was that the UI had no need for home buttons or multitasking buttons. This makes navigating the UI a very gesture oriented experience. The last device I used with such a fluid gesture-based UI was actually the forefather of Sailfish – the Nokia N8. This ran the Meego OS. Later it developed into what we now call Sailfish 3. I really like what I saw and I am very keen to find out what Sailfish can bring to the Gemini Party.
If you are fortunate enough to own a Gemini, you can download and setup this community-supported version based on Sailfish OS 2.0. It’s free and available to download now – http://support.planetcom.co.uk/partitionTool.html.
As you can see this also has a partition and this means that you can actually set up a dual boot option. Very cool indeed.
PLANET COMPUTERS ANNOUNCES QUAD-BOOT FUNCTIONALITY ON GEMINI PDA
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27 June 2018
• Gemini PDA running Android and Linux – including Sailfish and Debian operating systems
• Gemini users can use new Planet Computers online platform to customise device
• Gemini PDA is being showcased at CommunicAsia 2018 – Marina Bay Sands, Level 5, 5L4-10
London, UK: Planet Computers today announces quad-boot functionality on the Gemini PDA, providing users with the capability and freedom to run a number of different operating systems – including Android (both standard and rooted), Debian and the new Sailfish for Gemini Community Edition.
Since the Gemini PDA’s official launch at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2018, Android has been the default operating system loaded onto each device. The Planet Computers team and the wider Linux community have spent the last six months developing the code to allow both Sailfish and Debian OS to run smoothly on the mobile device.
Both Linux distributions – Debian and the Sailfish Community Edition – are now fully operational and available for the Gemini PDA. The device will also run the new Sailfish X OS once it launches in late 2018 – improving the Linux user experience even further.
Planet Computers has also developed a new online management platform that allows users to customise their device by selecting their primary, secondary and tertiary operating systems, as well as a recovery mode. Once selected, users are provided with the relevant tools to download and flash the selected OS onto their device.
Dr Janko Mrsic-Flogel, CEO of Planet Computers, comments: “It has always been our mission to open up the Gemini PDA to the Linux community. By developing the online management tool, users now have the option to partition their Gemini in any way they want – customising it to their individual needs. The Gemini PDA can now run entirely on Linux, achieving our goal of providing support for non-Android options.”
You can access the Planet Computers online partition tool here.
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