The Wall Street Journal talked to Hugo Barra about the hiring, and Barra said that the plan was for Mani to be "someone who’s going to be the glue between our users in India, product feedback that we receive, and the engineering team we have in Beijing as well as the engineering team that we are going to be building fairly soon in India." Barra also said that he and Mani had "worked very closely" together while at Google.This time around, Xiaomi has hired Jai Mani who was a strategy and analytics associate for Google Play. Mani will be a lead product manager at Xiaomi who will specifically be working on bringing the company's smartphones to India.
Given how quickly Xiaomi devices have been selling out in India, it doesn't appear that Mani will have too difficult a time with that side of things. But, the popularity of the phones definitely does show that Xiaomi would be smart to build up its resources in the country.