There was a little confusion in a newsletter that announced a ReticleOS update for the R-7. This article is an attempt to clarify the current status and plan.
For the R-7, we recently provided an update to ReticleOS that was based on Marshmallow (Android 6.0.1). This release will be the last version of Android we can support on the R-7, which uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805. It is now being loaded onto new devices in the factory, and devices in the field can update over the air (OTA). [Devices are from an earlier VAR order may continue to be loaded with KitKat if this is discussed in advance before delivery].
Note: We have also provided a method to downgrade from Marshmallow to KitKat.
Beta OS Preview: A preview of that initial Marshmallow OS was made available to some VARs and partners before it because generally available. The main reason for providing beta previews is to allow various partner software and SDKs to be updated for the new OS. As usual, previews will have some issues and bugs, but depending on what one wants to run, it can be used for various initial integrations and testing. We intend to release a beta version with some new features and bug fixes sometime in the fall of 2017, and will use the same beta process.
The mention of Android 7.0 support for the R-7 was a incorrect (sorry!); as stated above, the Marshmallow flavor of ReticleOS is the last Android version for the R-7. The new devices ODG announced at CES 2017 - the R-9 & R-8 - will run ReticleOS derived from Android Nougat (Android 7.1.1) initially, but will soon be running 7.1.2 to be DayDream compliant before being released. There will be more information on those devices coming soon.
The R-7 ReticleOS releases so far:
Derived from KitKat (Android 4.4.4):
3.1.12 - Jan 2016
3.4.5 -Aug 2016
3.5.17 - Oct 2016
3.5.19 - Dec 2016
Derived from Marshmallow (Android 6.0.1):
4.1.14 Beta: Apr 2017
4.1.14 Release: July 2017
(Next release expected Oct 2017)