Sources say that Google’s top Android executive Hugo Barra is about to leave the company. His next destination is believed to be Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi. Hugo and Xiaomi president Lin Bin has brought this news into light and confirmed it. He will be joining the Xiaomi Global at the Vice President.
On the departure of Barra, Google stared that, “We wish Hugo Barra the best. We’ll miss him at Google and we’re excited that he is staying within the Android ecosystem.”
However Google did not reveal anything on who will be taking over Barra’s responsibilities.
Hugo Barra’s hiring will be a big win for Xiaomi as it is currently growing at a great pace and is likely to move beyond China and neighboring countries in the recent days to come. Xiaomi president Lin Bin confirms that, Barra will take responsibility for international business development and strategic cooperation with Google’s Android team upon joining the company this October.
Hugo posted on Google+ in confirmation to his next big step of his career. Below is a small excerpt from his post:
After nearly 5½ years at Google and almost 3 years as a member of the Android team — the most amazing group of people I’ve ever worked with in my life — I have decided to start a new career chapter.
In a few weeks, I’ll be joining the Xiaomi team in China to help them expand their incredible product portfolio and business globally — as Vice President, Xiaomi Global. I’m really looking forward to this new challenge, and am particularly excited about the opportunity to continue to help drive the Android ecosystem.
Barra, joined Google in the year 2008 from Nuance (the creator of Skype) and managed to emerge as one of the prominent public faces of Android. His resignation accompanied by the departure of Andy Rubin earlier this year is likely to have a strong impact on the Android division. The scenario looks more intense as Android team is busy working on Android 5.0 aka Key Lime Pie. Android 5.0 is supposed to be a major Android release with Google. As this time their aim is to take Android beyond smartphones and tablets.
Sundar Pichai, the current head of Android, is sure to have sleepless nights in the coming months.
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