Planet Computers are getting ready to release the, admittedly slightly delayed, Gemini PDA update for Android 8.1. This brings new security, stability and other app and user interface enhancements to the device.
I’ve been testing Android 8.1 on my own personal Gemini for a few days now and I can report that it’s working really well. While I’ve not used all the functionality of either Android or the Gemini, I’ve not encountered any bugs, crashes or other problems.
Android 8.1 also brings some new features to the Gemini, including the ability to completely hide the back, home and apps side buttons on the screen. With these turned off in Gemini Settings you will need to use the Esc key as back, and Fn + D, or the Gemini App Bar to return to the home screen or to launch apps, and Fn + A to close apps. This brings a whole new mini-laptop feel to the device.
Speaking of the App Bar, this too has been enhanced with a new sideways scrolling panel, allowing you to add as many apps to the bar as you like. You simply swipe left and right with your finger to move between them.
Planet Computers have also released their new Psion-esque Airmail app with this release, which accompanies their existing Data, Notes and Agenda apps.
Android 8.1 is expected to be available as an over-the-air (OTA) update later this week, with a download available for manual installation on rooted, or dual-boot devices soon afterwards.