For the R-7, we 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 also provided a method to downgrade from Marshmallow to KitKat. We did this for customers who were using applications running Vuforia and other services not supported yet on Marshmallow. As of Nov 2017, Vuforia tracking support was available for the R-7 & MM, so we are not encouraging customers to downgrade any longer.
R-9 & R-8:
The new devices ODG announced at CES 2017 - the R-9 & R-8 - run ReticleOS derived from Android Nougat (Android 7.1.2). We anticipate transitioning to Android 8.x eventually, and devices using the 845 will run 8.0 right from the beginning. R-9 Engineering Validation Test (EVT) units are out in the field and can be updated over the air. The most recent Beta version of ReticleOS for the R-9 is 4.02, which includes support for:
- power profile for sleep and off low power states
- VR SDK 2.1.2
- Stereo Cameras Chromatics and IPS tuning
R-7 Release History:
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
3.5.21 - Feb 2017 (not announced - support for AT&T dongle)
3.5.23 - July 2017 (support for new eMMC flash part)
Derived from Marshmallow (Android 6.0.1):
4.1.14 Beta - Apr 2017
4.1.14 Release - July 2017
4.2.5 Beta - Nov 2017
4.2.8 Release - Jan 2018 (soon to be announced)
4.3.4 - Mar 2018 (identical to 4.2.8 but includes HPE MyRoom VRG preinstalled).
Beta OS Preview: ODG will typically make Beta releases of OSes available to some VARs and partners before it becomes 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 released a beta version with some new features and bug fixes sometime in the fall of 2017 using this beta process.