The Android 7.1.1 update for the Gemini PDA has been released, bringing the platform more up to date and crucially brining the very latest Google security patches to devices. Other goodies have also been shipped with the update though, including new and improved apps, so over the next few days I’ll be detailing what’s new and how you can use it.
First of all, and perhaps most significantly, the LEDison app has been improved to support both app notifications and settings backup.
The new features in the LEDison app can be accessed from the menu icon in the top right corner of the app, and you will see App Animations and Backup / Restore both listed.
When you open App Animations you will need to activate app animations by toggling the switch at the top of the screen, and you will then be prompted to give the LEDison app permission in Android to access and interact with notifications.
On the left of the screen you will see a list of detected and compatible apps. Select an app and you can then choose a light pattern for it, and how long those lights should appear for when a notification is received, the default is 30 seconds.
Should the app(s) you want to set notifications for not be listed, tap the Add App button in the bottom left corner of the screen.
This will display a list of all compatible apps installed on your Gemini. You can check and uncheck any so they they then appear in the LEDison app so you can assign light patterns to them.
Also in the LEDison app, and also available from the menu icon in the top right corner of the screen, is a new Backup / Restore option. This uses the Google Drive storage that comes free with your Google Account (note, you will need to be signed into your Gemini using a Google account for this feature to work).
With this feature enabled, you can tap Backup to save all the settings for LEDison, and should you need to reset your Gemini for any reason, you can tap Restore to easily and quickly get LEDison working the way you want it to. Not in this circumstance you may need to set Android security permissions again.