It’s always important to keep apps and the operating system on a mobile device up to date. The reason for this is because out of date software can contain bugs and security vulnerabilities, as well as being potentially unstable.
When you first start using the Gemini you are asked for permission to allow apps and the operating system to be automatically updated. Should you have deactivated this functionality though it’s easy to switch it back on. You can set apps to automatically update by opening the Google Play Store and clicking the hamburger menu to the left of the search box. Next select the Play Store Settings and you will see an option to Auto-update apps.
To set firmware (operating system) updates to automatically download, open Settings and then scroll to the very bottom of the settings list and select About phone. You will then see a Firmware update option (called Wireless update in early builds of the firmware). Here you can check for new firmware, or you can tap the hamburger menu in the top right of the screen to change the auto-update settings.
The Gemini makes it easy to get updates to the operating system as well, and you will see a notification pop up on your home screen when an update is available. Opening Settings > About Phone > Firmware update will display details of the update and if the firmware has not automatically downloaded you will see a Download button.
With the new firmware downloaded you can then install it. It’s highly recommended that you plug your Gemini into its charger during the update process as it can chew a lot of battery, not the least of which is because the screen in constantly turned on.
If you have your Gemini dual-booting between Android and Linux, you may need to download and install firmware updates manually. Please refer to Planet Computers’ support page for information when firmware updates are released.
Additionally it’s important to note that if your battery runs out half way through the update your Gemini could become unusable, so if you don’t have a charger to hand, make sure you have at least 50% left on your battery.
Once the firmware is installed you will be returned to the Gemini home screen where you may find new features and functionality that make the Gemini even better, and new security patches to make using it a more secure and enjoyable experience.