Hugo Barra departs Xiaomi, returns to Silicon Valley

Hugo Barra departs Xiaomi, returns to Silicon Valley

In a surprising turn of events, Xiaomi's VP, Hugo Barra has just announced will leave the Chinese company and return to Silicon Valley. The main reason Xiaomi brought Barra aboard was to help expand the smartphone business globally.

Xiaomi is trying to enter the US market for years, but the company didn't give any deadlines on the move. After it launched its setup-box in the country last year, we though that Xiaomi is making the first step towards its goal: becoming a competitive brand in the US.

Today, Hugo Barra posted a long message on his Facebook page explaining why he decided to leave Xiaomi, but he did little to shed light on his future plans.


According to Barra, Xiaomi is in a very good position on its global expansion road, which made his decision much easier. He also highlights the company's achievements in India where Xiaomi reported $1 billion in annual revenues, as well as the expansion in other countries like Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia.

As far as future plans go, Hugo Barra was a bit cryptic and said that he will leave Xiaomi after the Chinese New Year in February. He'll be taking some time off and will embark “on a new adventure back in Silicon Valley.

source: Hugo Barra (Facebook)

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13 Comments

1. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

He is leaving because the Xiaomi ship is beginning to sink. Everyone knows that.

6. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Yes I don't see any other reason for it.. Xiaomi although is still expanding and showig growth, the rate of growth is not what the analysts expected. The redmi note 4 was basically a meh device after the redmi 3 which was a runaway success for the company

7. Adithya7184

Posts: 322; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

Stop smoking weed ;). Note 3 was a huge hit, and Note 4 will beat that for sure!

13. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

Note 4 is much better (Mainly because of the battery+heat+performance benefits from 14nm chip (vs 28nm on Note 3)) Just hope they make a European LTE version (Band 3/7/20). They have Band 3 and 7, but Band 20 is the most important one (Longest Range)

2. Guaire

Posts: 848; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Good for Xiaomi. Global expansion of Xiaomi is a joke.

3. Settings

Posts: 2940; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

The rumors on him going to Lineage is getting clearer.

4. athos07m

Posts: 136; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

I've bought a Xiaomi RN4 because noone can touch them at this 200EUR mark in terms of hardware, design and their software is quite good (even though still no Nougat). But if the company still won't be officially present in Central Europe by the time I have to replace this phone, I will definitely find an official source at my price range that provide good all-around package AND proper warranty. Seriously - how are Xiaomi still unable to accomplish something Oneplus has done under two years (the've been selling the Oneplus 2, X, 3 and 3T here with local warranty).

8. Adithya7184

Posts: 322; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

as far as I know, Nougat for RN4 is under testing in India...

5. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Good news for me... Xiaomi conference at CES 2017 totally was a joke. Announce new devices and only sell at China.

9. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1408; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Good to see more and more American going back for new jobs under new President

10. Tziggy14

Posts: 611; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Oh look, a Trump supporter.

11. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

somehow, i always thought that it wasnt the right move to join xiaomi in the first place, and i saw that he didnt seem that happy, just ok but not happy... but then again, we're not clairvoyant...

12. kishore3k

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

Respect his decision but huge setback for xiaomi . I am one of those fans of your product key note from Nexus 5 to Redmi note 4 launch in India

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