Xiaomi hires another former Google exec for a bigger push into India

Xiaomi hires another former Google exec for a bigger push into India
Xiaomi has made its international plans clear. The original move that Xiaomi made to prove it was serious about expanding beyond China was to hire Google's VP of product management for Android, Hugo Barra, to be its VP of International. Xiaomi has had a number of very impressive flash sales in India, and now Xiaomi has hired another ex-Googler to push harder into the region.

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. 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. 

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. 

source: WSJ

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14 Comments

1. aryanfr1

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

Most of smartphone makers are now concentrating on India and the best thing is that consumers are benefited with this flooding of smartphone with reasonable prices. But the Xiaomi tablet department is still at bay.

2. syamjith

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

This phones are high in complaints

3. sieg117

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

reference? coz where I live Xiaomi has proven their great customer support especially on the software part, they're releasing updates every Friday to address bugs and customer suggestions/requests and I've never seen a company who listens to it's customers feedback seriously like they do.

4. TheAmanzie

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Here,in India they dont hav service centres.So there's lot of hustle in getting the fone repaired if damaged.

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I bought four Redmi Note. None of them has issue. Software update and bug fixes are available every 2 or 3 weeks. Minor fixes that don't require a phone hardware reset. Just a phone reboot.

6. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

There is one in my city, Jaipur and in total they have around 20 service centers in India. I confirmed that before I bought Mi3.

7. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

The privacy scare is the biggest of them all. I mean even if u are not doing anything illegal, still u will feel disgusted if someone goes through ur personal data and it was found that the Xaomi phones were uploading data on a chinese server. So that is a truely big concern.

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Yes. You are safe with Apple, Google and Microsoft. To me everyone is wanting the same thing from me, my money and my data.

9. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Apple, Google, and Microsoft are against the NSA's snooping efforts. Xiaomi forwards your personal information directly to Beijing. I think it all comes down to which one you trust more. Major corporations possibly selling your personal information under the table or government assuming you are a threat whenever you attempt to talk about politics. You are 100% right. Either way you lose lol..

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

So you believe Microsoft, Google and Apple suddenly grow a conscious after spying for NSA after 911. LOL! To me they are in damage control mode doing their usual PR lips service.

14. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Come on buddy, stop spreading false propaganda. http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/12/google-apple-and-microsoft-agree-nsa-spying-undermines-freedom/282143/ I do however, believe CNN is US government funded and their voice to stick there noses where they don't belong. Notice their news on the recent HK protests for example. How they vilify the police and HK government for example. I realize no government is innocent is essentially only interested in watching their own skin but yeah, we live in a world where nobody's innocent.

10. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

I myself used a mi 3, And honestly, there is absolutely nothing impressive about the phone at all. some what cheap out feeling... but the price is cheap too!

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The value xiaomi bring is high end spec at affordable price. Personally, I also prefer MIUI over Touchwiz and iOS.

11. acn2003

Posts: 27; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

I too use a Redmi 1S, it's working extremely well, donot have any issues. Very happy with the purchase.

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