The last blocker was resolved, so R1/beta2 has now been branched (only 5
days behind the original timeline.)
Please submit any patches you think should make it into the beta branch to
Gerrit, so that they can be easily cherry-picked.
Test builds should be available soon (there is a repository change that has
not yet been merged, and the CI has not been set up yet.) Once they are,
hardware testing can begin. Stay tuned...