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My guess would be that the goal was to encourage cross-platform developers to work on the Android version first. Am I close?

I would guess at least part of the goal would be to minimize dependence on the NDK for cross-platform "business logic".

One of the more common ways to share code between Android and iOS now is to have a library written in C/C++ which is linked via NDK on Android and wrapped in ObjC/ObjC++ on iOS. In an all plain-ARM world this is no big deal, but the more CPU types you add the more of a pain this becomes on the Android side despite some support in the SDK for "fat binaries" (you still have to anticipate and compile for all those arches, whereas Java/Dalvik code will "just work" regardless of underlying CPU).

Given Intel's recent push into Android along with the continued divergence of ARM into lots of branches with different features, different SIMD instructions, etc, this seems like a pretty useful solution to that problem.

Either way, this was a Summer of Code project. I doubt Google gave a ton of thought to how it fits into their overall global strategy for Android development as many bloggers seem to be theorizing about.

This was not a summer of code project. It was sponsored by several major Google projects with multiple contributors from their teams. I worked on the project as an intern.

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