Hugo Barra plans to make Xiaomi into the next Google or Amazon

Hugo Barra plans to make Xiaomi into the next Google or Amazon
The big news recently was that another high-profile member of the Android team would be moving on. Android's father, Andy Rubin, left the team to work in Google's X Lab earlier this year; and then last month, one of the face's of Android product unveilings, Hugo Barra announced he was leaving to be the vice president of Xiaomi Global. Now, he's talking more about what brought him here.

In an interview with AllThingsD, Barra says that he has had a close relationship with Xiaomi for years, because the company was started by a number of ex-Googlers including Bin Lin, who had been in charge of Google's mobile engineering team in China. Barra and the Google team were always impressed with what Xiaomi was doing because while the company was forking Android, "it was a fully compatible fork". Even Google's head of Android User Experience, Matias Duarte was impressed with how Xiaomi was extending Android. 

Barra says that the talks concerning his move to Xiaomi have been ongoing for about a year, and that he was always interested because he saw it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity not unlike what it would have been like to be at Google when it was first starting. Barra (and many analysts) believe that Xiaomi has the potential to be in the conversation with companies like Google and Amazon in the future, because it makes quality hardware, but aims to sell it at cost and make its profits through software services. 

Barra was open with Google about his opportunity, saying that himself, Google execs, and Xiaomi have been discussing this since around the time when Andy Rubin stepped down, which was back in March. Ultimately, Google realized that if it was going to lose a top guy, the best place to be would be a "friend", and Google and Xiaomi have been close partners. 

Of course, Barra still has a long way to go, admitting that he has only just started learning Chinese, and maybe more importantly that he doesn't really know how to run a company, but he intends to learn fast. 

source: AllThingsD

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14 Comments

1. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Dont mean much, when they arent even avaliable in the US, ...but yea ....

7. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Guy like this could push it. Personally, I'd love to see their phones go international.

2. Jobayer

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

don't mean much now but soon ;)

3. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

His actual words were that if he does his job right, in a few years people will talk about Xiaomi "...in the same way they talk about Google and Apple today."

4. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

but he hopes it will more be "compared to Google or Amazon in the future"

5. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

An MIUI phone in the US would actually attract a lot of people who like the apple user interface but want a better phone.

6. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

I love MIUI!!! Best ROM i ever tried

9. THE.DARK.KNIGHT

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

iOS 7 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>​>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>​> MIUI I have used both. You can't compare apples software to some crappy android UI! If you ever used iOS 7 you would know how good it is!

10. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

^ROTFL!!! Comment of the century ,, ios7 ..

12. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

iFan in the house! somebody please swat it away...

11. Trololol

Posts: 33; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

i'm apple fans but they talk about MIUI not stock android and android UI is just beauty in their way Both ios and android has something good depend on what u need

13. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

iOS7 ooooh my =(

8. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Here is hope to by xiaomi made devices outside China.

14. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

is hugo the guy that designed ICS?

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