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Android VP Hugo Barra is leaving Google for China's Xiaomi

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Android VP Hugo Barra is leaving Google for China's Xiaomi
It looks like the Nexus 7 announcement will be the last time we get to see Hugo Barra as part of the Google team. A new report from AllThingsD is saying that Barra is now formerly Google's Android vice president of product management, because Barra is leaving Mountainview for China in order to take a position at Xiaomi.

Before joining Google, Barra had worked at Nuance, the company behind the Dragon speech recognition software as well as Apple's Siri. Barra has been with Google since March 2008, but now he has tendered his resignation in order to move on to Xiaomi. Xiaomi is one of the fastest growing manufacturers in China, and has recently eclipsed Apple's sales in the country. Xiaomi is often called the "Apple of China."

Barra's departure will leave a big hole to fill at Google. A company as large as Google likely has a succession plan in place, but a move like this is very different from the controlled and planned swap of Andy Rubin for Sundar Pichai. Google hasn't commented on the news, or its plans going forward. There is also no word on what position Barra is taking at Xiaomi.

source: AllThingsD

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posted on 28 Aug 2013, 21:04 1

1. maccess (Posts: 576; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


maybe he needs more challenge.. android already good and on the right track for now..

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 21:07

2. imkyle (Posts: 969; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


He will be missed.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 22:15 1

6. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Guys stop talking like he's dead its creeping me out!

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 21:09

3. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1107; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Hate to see the guy go but good luck. At least he is not going to Apple or Microsoft.

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 21:43

4. karim77 (Posts: 64; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


A really good guy, he used to make funny comments in presentations ,he will be missed :(

posted on 28 Aug 2013, 21:46

5. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


He will be missed.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 00:04

7. JMartin22 (Posts: 713; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Off to China he goes, where we'll never hear from him again.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 06:15 1

8. bloodline (Posts: 691; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


rip barra

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 06:51

9. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Infiltrate and assimilate. Xiaomi is on the move, hopefully exporting great phones soon.

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