I am engaged in developmental work for Android for some time, and I gradually came to the conclusion that I have been lacking many things as a developer. At the beginning of 2010, I lacked only C++ exceptions and RTTI. Without them, any non-trivial C++ code could not be ported to Android, and it required almost complete rewriting. It was a very important limitation, which worried me a lot. Fortunately, Android is an open source, so I started working on that, keeping in mind old saying (if you need something, do it yourself). I got surprised, because to make support for C++ with exceptions and RTTI turned out pretty easy. It only took about a week of work. Then the website was made on which were posted the NDKs for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X, as well as a patch and the instructions for assembly.
The problem was urgent, so the project was very popular. During the first month I received many letters with the questions, requests for additional functionality and simple thanks. One of the most frequently asked question was: “Will Google include these changes to the mainline?”. I honestly replied that I do not know, but there is hope, because David Turner (system architect of Android) is very interested in my patches, and he promised to pay attention to them.